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New Mexico whitewater, Canadian River

Colfax county, Raton to Taylor Springs section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-II     50 miles
  If you're coming from Taos it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Mexico tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so you'd better keep in mind that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. The nature scenery of Colfax County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream attract people from near and far. A bit of exercise and a chance
    to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. This is the only paddling stretch along Canadian River. This stretch of Canadian River in New Mexico is 50 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater
according to American Whitewater. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The Sangre De Cristo Mountains scenery is wonderful. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear.

Briefly about
 
the general area:
Number Eight Canyon is in close proximity to Canadian River and is without doubt a fine place to pop by; Trinidad State Park is a delightful site to stop at. Whohoo, so much amusing stuff in one place! The Sangre De Cristo Mountains is great! You're sure to stumble upon some wonderful folks from Raton here. Canadian River is pretty dried out commonly. August is when you get the most rain here, and the driest of the months is January. High temperatures at Canadian River through the summer months are in the 80's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's commonly in the 50's.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Canadian River.
 Ski Areas Near Canadian River:
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 51 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 53 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 57 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 74 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 99 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
 Hotels Near Canadian River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites RATON, Raton , 14 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Raton , 15 miles away
Travel Motel Raton, Raton , 15 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Raton Hotel, Raton , 15 miles away
Quality Inn Raton, Raton , 15 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Canadian River:
National Recreation Area Whittington Center - East, Raton, 11 miles away
Raton KOA Kampground, Raton, 14 miles away
Raton RV Park, Raton, 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Canadian River:
Capulin Volcano National Monument, Capulin - NM , 47 miles away
Fort Union National Monument, Watrous - NM , 53 miles away
Trinidad State Park, Colorado , 16 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Canadian River:
Raton City Municipal Golf Course, Raton , 13 miles away
Raton Country Club & Golf, Raton , 13 miles away
Trinidad Golf Course, Trinidad , 19 miles away

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