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New Mexico whitewater, Pecos River

San Miguel county, Pecos to Tecolotito section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     44 miles
 
Is this 44 mile stretch for public access at our own risk or do we have to go with a rafting company? I have my own inflatable kayak. Where are the drop-in and drop-out points? Says Henry

The Pecos to Tecolotito stretch of Pecos River in New Mexico is 44 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The nature scenery of San Miguel County and the cool fresh water are in themselves reasons
    enough to come here to paddle. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this area has a pretty small number of paddling spots. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if
you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. The beautiful Sangre De Cristo Mountains scenery is an added bonus. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Now this is a pretty long section, so it looks like you will be camping out. The put-in is not too far from Las Vegas, as you can see on the road map further down. Getting your paddling muscles activated and a chance to  
spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New Mexico is often easier than elsewhere, so keep in mind that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding.

Briefly about the general area:
You might want to pay a visit to Telephone Canyon if you're here at Pecos River. Villanueva State Park is worth taking a look at if you're at Pecos River, and if you're going to from Las Vegas, you won't be the only one. This river is a wonderful place to visit.

Pecos River, Pecos to Tecolotito road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Pecos River.
 Whitewater Near Pecos River:
Pecos River, San Miguel County, 17 miles away
      Class II-IV - 20 miles long (Cowles to Pecos)
Pecos River, San Miguel County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 44 miles long (Pecos to Tecolotito)
 Ski Areas Near Pecos River:
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 35 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 43 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 56 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 67 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 70 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 73 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 73 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
 Hotels Near Pecos River:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites LAS VEGAS, Las Vegas , 16 miles away
Plaza Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas , 17 miles away
Plaza Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas , 17 miles away
Knights Inn Las Vegas NM, Las Vegas , 18 miles away
Days Inn Las Vegas, Las Vegas , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pecos River:
Villanueva State Park, Serafina, 10 miles away
EV Long Campground, San Miguel County, 16 miles away
Camp Long Campground, San Miguel County, 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pecos River:
Fort Union National Monument, Watrous - NM , 45 miles away
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 46 miles away
Villanueva State Park, New Mexico , 8 miles away
Storrie Lake State Park, New Mexico , 19 miles away
Morphy Lake State Park, New Mexico , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pecos River:
New Mexico Highlands Gene Torres, Las Vegas , 18 miles away
 Lakes Near Pecos River
Storie Lake, San Miguel , 19 miles away

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