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Taos Box Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Rio Grande River

Power Line Falls in the Taos Box section of the Rio Grande at approx 3000 cfs
Rio Grande Gorge shows the Taos Box section, taken from the high bridge

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Taos Box Info
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Put In:  John Dunn Bridge
Take Out:  Taos Junction Bridge
Difficulty:  Class III +
Gradient:  30 ft/mi
Run Length:  15 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:  800-5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  April, May, June, July
Permit:  Self registration at the put-in.
Character/Similar To:  New Mexico's premier run is characterized by a variety of pool drop rapids with fast and nearly contiuous Class III action.
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  Few boaters stop over night on the Taos Box, although there are a few small campsites. There are also some campsites in Orilla Verde Recreation Area downstream from the Taos Box take-out.
Location:  In the Canyon Country (NM), 83 miles North of Santa Fe
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: From Taos, go north on Hwy 522 to Arroyo Hondo. Turn left just north of Herb's Lounge onto a dirt road after you cross a small bridge over Hondo Creek. Driver 3 miles to John Dunn Bridge.

Take-out: Drive 16 miles southwest on New Mexico 68 to Pilar, turn right onto New Mexico 567 and drive nearly 5 miles back upstream to Taos Junction Bridge.

Towns near Taos Box 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