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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Embudo

Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V(V+)     5 miles
  The Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75 stretch of Rio Embudo is 5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V(V+) section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New Mexico is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The scenic beauty of New Mexico and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature
    are great reasons to come. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. If you're coming from Taos it's not a long drive at
all to the starting location, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is a pretty decent length section, suitable for an afternoon trip. The Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75 stretch is one of a few paddling stretches in this river system. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds  
nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
Hiking is a popular thing to do around Rio Embudo; Medio Dia Trail is a wonderful local trail. A short journey to Souse Hole Rapid is always worthwhile, and why not take a refreshing hike along the Sierra Mosca Trail. This is such a great river. You'll meet a lot of folks from Dixon here. For the duration of the summertime here at Rio Embudo, high temperatures regularly get into the 80's. Once the sun is down it descends down to the 50's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 40's with winter lows in the 10's overnight here at Rio Embudo.

Rio Embudo, Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75 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 Embudo.
 Whitewater Near Rio Embudo:
Rio Grande, Taos County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant)
Rio Embudo, -blank- County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75)
Whitewater Outfitter - New Wave Rafting, Rio Arriba County, 6 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Pueblo, Taos County, 7 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (Rio Lucio to Confluence Rio Grande)
Whitewater Outfitter - Known World Guide Service, Rio Arriba County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir)
Rio Pueblo de Taos, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (to Taos Junction Bridge)
Rio Ojo Caliente, Rio Arriba County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 28 miles long (La Madera to confluence with Rio Chama)
Whitewater Outfitter - Los Rios River Runners, Taos County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Taos County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Rio Embudo:
Sipapu, New Mexico , 20 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 23 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 35 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 41 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 41 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 42 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 68 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 97 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Embudo:
Sagebrush Inn Conference Center, Taos , 19 miles away
Days Inn Espanola, Espanola , 19 miles away
Santa Claran Hotel, Espanola , 19 miles away
Casa Gallina, Taos , 19 miles away
Rodeway Inn Espanola, Espanola , 19 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Embudo:
Orilla Verde - Pilar, Penasco, 6 miles away
Orilla Verde - Rio Bravo, Penasco, 6 miles away
Orilla Verde - Arroyo Hondo, Penasco, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Embudo:
Medio Dia Trail, Santa Fe , 14 miles away
Sierra Mosca Trail, Santa Fe , 14 miles away
Rio Molino Trail, Santa Fe , 14 miles away
Trampas Trail, Rio Arriba , 16 miles away
Agua Sarca Trail, Santa Fe , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Embudo:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 24 miles away
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 35 miles away
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico , 22 miles away
Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico , 26 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rio Embudo:
Taos Country Club, Ranchos De Taos , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Embudo
Talpa Reservoir, Taos , 19 miles away

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