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New Mexico whitewater, Rio de los Brazos

Rio Arriba county, Corkins Lodge to confluence with Rio Chama section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS I-III     9 miles
  This section of Rio de los Brazos in Rio Arriba County is 9 miles long and has been rated as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The wonderful New Mexico scenery and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The starting location is a short drive from Espanola, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, and if you
    make reservations in advance you're all set. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that many of
the sections in this state are safe for beginners. On this section you do get some distance, it's good length for a morning trip. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Great exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors are sure to keep you coming back for more. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the Corkins  
Lodge to confluence with Rio Chama stretch is just one of many. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The wild scenery of the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is great.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Rio de los Brazos you will meet lots of people from nearby Tierra Amarilla. Rio de los Brazos is in the vicinity of El Vado Lake State Park which is a striking place, and you unquestionably should check out Heron Lake State Park if you're here. This river is so wonderful. High temperatures at Rio de los Brazos through the long summer days are in the 80's.

Rio de los Brazos, Corkins Lodge to confluence with Rio Chama 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 Rio de los Brazos.
 Whitewater Near Rio de los Brazos:
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Los Ojos to El Vado Lake)
Rio de los Brazos, Rio Arriba County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Corkins Lodge to confluence with Rio Chama)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Chama to Los Ojos)
Rio Brazos, Rio Arriba Co. County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 14.5 miles long (above Corkins Lodge)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 16 miles away
      Class I-III - 33 miles long (El Vado Lake to Abiquiu Reservoir)
Rio de los Pinos, -blank- County, 20 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.8 miles long (Osier Colorado to Campground Close to San Miguel New Mexico)
San Antonio River, Rio Arriba County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Lagunitas to Los Pinos)
Rio de los Pinos, Rio Arriba County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Atencio Canyon to Los Pinos)
Navajo River, Rio Arriba County, 23 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 23 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (Monastary to Big Eddy)
 Ski Areas Near Rio de los Brazos:
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 45 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 48 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 72 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 75 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 75 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 77 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 85 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 89 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 98 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 98 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
 Hotels Near Rio de los Brazos:
Branding Iron Motel, Chama , 10 miles away
Gandy Dancer Inn Bed And Breakfast, Chama , 10 miles away
The Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu , 33 miles away
Narrow Gauge RR Inn, Antonito , 41 miles away
Quality Inn Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 44 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio de los Brazos:
Herron Store, Los Ojos, 3 miles away
Stone House Lodge, Los Ojos, 3 miles away
Sky Mountain Resort, Chama, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Rio de los Brazos:
Hart Trail, Rio Arriba , 19 miles away
La Manga Stock Driveway, Conejos , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio de los Brazos:
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 51 miles away
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 63 miles away
Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico , 10 miles away
El Vado Lake State Park, New Mexico , 14 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 27 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio de los Brazos
Heron Reservoir, Rio Arriba , 14 miles away
El Vado Reservoir, Rio Arriba , 16 miles away

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