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State Park Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Rio Grande River

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State Park Run Info
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Put In:  Taos Junction Bridge
Take Out:  Pilar
Difficulty:  Class II
Gradient:  9 ft/mi
Run Length:  6.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  621 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:30 AM - RIO GRANDE BLW TAOS JUNCTION BRIDGE NEAR TAOS, NM, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  BLM, 505-758-8148. Rio Grande River below Taos Junction Bridge, NM.
Good Level:  400-5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Permit:  No permit required
Character/Similar To:  Relatively easy float with good scenery.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Several developed campsites in Orilla Verde Recreation Area.
Location:  In the Canyon Country (NM), 70 miles North of Santa Fe
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: To reach Taos Junction Bridge, drvie 16 miles southwest of Taos on New Mexico 68 toward Pilar. Turn right onto New Mexico 567 and drive nearly five miles back upstream to the bridge.

Take-out: Quartzite Recreation site just south of Pilar.

Towns near State Park Run Kayaking

Albuquerque New Mexico
Durango Colorado
Raton New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexico
South Fork Colorado
Taos New Mexico

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Canyon Country Kayak Clubs
  • Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico