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New Mexico whitewater, Rio de los Pinos

Rio Arriba county, Atencio Canyon to Los Pinos section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     12 miles
  The natural beauty of New Mexico and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Atencio Canyon to Los Pinos stretch of Rio de los Pinos in New Mexico is 12 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. There's camping available near Rio de los Pinos. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here.
    There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New
Mexico are easier than the national norm, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The river winds through the San Juan and Jemez Mountains and you get great scenery. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so pack your sleeping bag. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number  
of good rivers. The Atencio Canyon to Los Pinos section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Espanola, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Antonito here at Rio de los Pinos; there are perfect locations to look at along the Spruce Hole Trail. This location, the San Juan and Jemez Mountains, has so much outdoors enjoyable things. Around Rio de los Pinos you donít get a lot of rain. The month of July is the wettest with most of the rain while January is generally the driest month.

Rio de los Pinos, Atencio Canyon to Los Pinos 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 Pinos.
 Whitewater Near Rio de los Pinos:
Rio de los Pinos, Rio Arriba County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Atencio Canyon to Los Pinos)
San Antonio River, Rio Arriba County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Lagunitas to Los Pinos)
Rio de los Pinos, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.8 miles long (Osier Colorado to Campground Close to San Miguel New Mexico)
Rio Brazos, Rio Arriba Co. County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 14.5 miles long (above Corkins Lodge)
Rio de los Brazos, Rio Arriba County, 26 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Corkins Lodge to confluence with Rio Chama)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III - 24 miles long (Lobatos Bridge Colorado to Lee Trail)
Conejos River, Conejos County, 29 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.4 miles long (Platoro Reservoir to South Fork Conejos)
 Ski Areas Near Rio de los Pinos:
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 52 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 53 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 54 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 62 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 62 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 69 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 70 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 86 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 99 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
 Hotels Near Rio de los Pinos:
Narrow Gauge RR Inn, Antonito , 13 miles away
Gandy Dancer Inn Bed And Breakfast, Chama , 30 miles away
Branding Iron Motel, Chama , 30 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites, Alamosa , 33 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites ALAMOSA, Alamosa , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio de los Pinos:
Los Pinos, Antonito, 2 miles away
Rio De Los Pinos Campground, Rio Arriba County, 2 miles away
Rio de los Pinos SWFA, Antonito, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Rio de los Pinos:
Spruce Hole Trail, Conejos , 16 miles away
Posos Trail, Conejos , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio de los Pinos:
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mosca - CO , 49 miles away
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 62 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 19 miles away
Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico , 38 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio de los Pinos
Hopewell Lake, Rio Arriba , 16 miles away
Rinker Lake, Rio Arriba , 17 miles away

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