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Lower Box Kayak & Canoe Touring on the Gila River

Lower Box Info
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Put In:  Red Rock
Take Out:  Highway 92 Bridge
Difficulty:  Class I
Gradient:  12 ft/mi
Run Length:  19 miles
Good Level:  100 to 600 cfs
Season Comments:  March, April
Permit:  None presently required
Character/Similar To:  Extremely scenic float through canyons and open valleys.
Hazards:  Fences and other possible strainers. Mandatory portage at a diversion dam.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed BLM and private
Wilderness:  Yes, in the canyon
Location:  In the Canyon Country (NM), Southwest of Santa Fe
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From US 70, take NM 464 north to the bridge north of the town of Redrock, New Mexico.

Take-out: Take US 70 to NM 92 and drive north to the highway bridge over the Gila, southeast of Virden, New Mexico.

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  • Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico