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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Grande

Taos county, Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-IV     14 miles
  If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less demanding. This stretch of Rio Grande in Taos County is 14 miles long and has been rated as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Taos County and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. And of course, there are campgrounds
    nearby. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and
some kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Taos, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground section is just one of them. Great exercise and spending some quality  
time in nature will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Sunshine Valley is a wonderful place to check out next to Rio Grande, and the cheerful people of Amalia like to hang out nearby. Rio Grande gets very little rain. The month with most of the rain is August, and the driest month is January. For the period of the warm months at Rio Grande highs are typically in the 80's while overnight lows are mostly in the 40's. Highs through the wintertime are usually in the 30's, and all through the dark hours in the winter at Rio Grande temperatures drop to the 0's.

Rio Grande, Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground 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/Rio Arriba County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Chiflo Campground to Little Arsenic Trail)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 4 miles away
      Class II-IV - 14 miles long (Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground)
Red River, -blank- County, 7 miles away
      Class IV+ - 14 miles long (Highway 515 to Dunn Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Red River confluence to John Dunn Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 15 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 24 miles long (Lobatos Bridge Colorado to Lee Trail)
Whitewater Outfitter - Far FLUNG Adventures, Taos County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Big River Raft Trips, Taos County, 23 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Pueblo de Taos, -blank- County, 24 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (to Taos Junction Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Los Rios River Runners, Taos County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Rio Grande:
Red River, New Mexico , 20 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 20 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 37 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 37 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 56 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 70 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 85 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Grande:
Columbine Inn And Conference Center, Taos Ski Valley , 19 miles away
Rio Hondo Condominiums, Taos Ski Valley , 20 miles away
BEST WESTERN Rivers Edge, Red River , 20 miles away
Touchstone Inn, Taos , 23 miles away
La Posada De Taos, Taos , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Grande:
Sheep Crossing Campground, Taos County, 3 miles away
Chiflo Campground, Taos County, 4 miles away
Big Arsenic Springs Campground, Taos County, 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Grande:
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mosca - CO , 47 miles away
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 59 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 32 miles away
Cimarron Canyon State Park, New Mexico , 36 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Grande
Latir Lakes, Taos , 16 miles away
Eastdale Reservoir Number 2, Costilla , 18 miles away
Baldy Blue Lake, Taos , 18 miles away

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