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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Grande

Taos county, Lobatos Bridge Colorado to Lee Trail section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     24 miles
  This stretch of Rio Grande in New Mexico is 24 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. The wonderful Taos County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Rio Grande beats anything. The put-in location is a short drive from Taos, as you can see on the road map further down. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you
    make reservations in advance you're all set. The average New Mexico whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so better not forget that rivers in this state are not as hard
as elsewhere. This is not the only paddling section in this river system, there are others too. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. Getting some good exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors will make you glad you came. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so pack your camp stove. For all you camping people there are  
campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to stumble upon some fine people from San Luis here. Summer at Rio Grande comes with high temperatures in the 80's. For the period of the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 40's. For the duration of the winter this place gets highs in the 30's with temperatures at Rio Grande dipping down into the 0's all through winter nights. At Rio Grande you donít see much rainfall. August is when you get the most rain here, and January on the other hand is the driest.

Rio Grande, Lobatos Bridge Colorado to Lee Trail 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 Grande.
 Whitewater Near Rio Grande:
Rio Grande, Taos County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 24 miles long (Lobatos Bridge Colorado to Lee Trail)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 6 miles away
      Class II-IV - 14 miles long (Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground)
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Chiflo Campground to Little Arsenic Trail)
Red River, -blank- County, 17 miles away
      Class IV+ - 14 miles long (Highway 515 to Dunn Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Red River confluence to John Dunn Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Far FLUNG Adventures, Taos County, 29 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Rio Grande:
Red River, New Mexico , 27 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 28 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 45 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 47 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 65 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 75 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 78 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 95 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Grande:
Narrow Gauge RR Inn, Antonito , 20 miles away
Best Western Rivers Edge, Red River , 27 miles away
Columbine Inn And Conference Center, Taos Ski Valley , 27 miles away
Rio Hondo Condominiums, Taos Ski Valley , 28 miles away
The Blake At Taos Ski Valley, Taos Ski Valley , 28 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Grande:
Rio Costilla Park, Costilla, 10 miles away
Sheep Crossing Campground, Taos County, 13 miles away
Chiflo Campground, Taos County, 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Grande:
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mosca - CO , 38 miles away
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 67 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Grande
Eastdale Reservoir Number 2, Costilla , 13 miles away
Stabilization Reservoir, Costilla , 18 miles away

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