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Ute Mountain Run Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the Rio Grande River

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Ute Mountain Run Info
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Put In:  Lobatos Bridge
Take Out:  Lee Trail
Difficulty:  Class II
Gradient:  7 ft/mi
Run Length:  24.5 miles
Current Streamflow:  340 cfs @ 12/14/2016 11:15 AM - RIO GRANDE NEAR CERRO, NM, reading taken from USGS
Flow Information (phone):  Watertalk 303-831-7135; 3*, 13*. Rio Grande River near Cerro, NM.
Good Level:  500-5,000 cfs
Season Comments:  June, July
Permit:  Self registration at put-in.
Character/Similar To:  This is an islolated stretch of river with a gradually increasing gradient and Class II rapids near the end of the run.
Hazards:  Remote area and extremely difficult hike out. Don't miss the take-out unless you plan to run the extremely difficule Upper Box!
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Land Ownership:  Mixed
Wilderness:  Yes
Camping on River:  A few riverside campsites
Location:  In the Canyon Country (NM), 90 miles North of Santa Fe
Shuttle Logistics: 

Put-in: To reach Lobatos Bridge, turn west off Colorado 159 about 7 miles north of the New Mexico border onto Colorado 248. Just past Mesita the pavement ends and the main road heads south; 1.3 miles farther turn west towards Lobatos Bridge, 6 miles away.

Take-out: To reach Lee Trail, turn west off New Mexico 522 about 10 miles south of the Colorado border onto Sunshine Valley Road which leads 6 miles to the rim and head of Sunshine Trail. The road turns south for an additional 4 miles; as it ends a sign marks the head of Lee Trail. This difficult take-out more or less rules out rafts unless they plan to run the Upper Box.

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