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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Ojo Caliente

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

 

CLASS I-II     28 miles
  If you're coming from Espanola 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. The scenic beauty of New Mexico and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. This section of Rio Ojo Caliente in Rio Arriba County is 28 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. This river system
    has a few good paddling stretches and the La Madera to confluence with Rio Chama section is one of them. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.
The wild scenery of the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is great. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good spots for that around here. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are  
quite easy. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is great here at Rio Ojo Caliente, you can go for a hike along the Lemitas Trail, and since you're here you will meet lots of people from close by La Madera. These mountains rock, just check out all the exciting stuff to do in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains. On a good day at Rio Ojo Caliente you can take a hike along the Palacio Trail.

Rio Ojo Caliente, La Madera 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 Ojo Caliente.
 Whitewater Near Rio Ojo Caliente:
Rio Ojo Caliente, Rio Arriba County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 28 miles long (La Madera to confluence with Rio Chama)
Whitewater Outfitter - Known World Guide Service, Rio Arriba County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - New Wave Rafting, Rio Arriba County, 12 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, 20 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant)
Rio Grande, Sandoval County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 24 miles long (Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Reservoir)
Rio Embudo, -blank- County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 24 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Abiquiu Dam to confluence with Rio Grande)
Rio Pueblo, Taos County, 24 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (Rio Lucio to Confluence Rio Grande)
Rio Pueblo de Taos, -blank- County, 30 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (to Taos Junction Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Rio Ojo Caliente:
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 29 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 32 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 38 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 48 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 54 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 57 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 62 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 84 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Ojo Caliente:
Santa Claran Hotel, Espanola , 14 miles away
The Inn At The Delta, Espanola , 14 miles away
Rodeway Inn Espanola, Espanola , 15 miles away
Days Inn Espanola, Espanola , 15 miles away
The Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Ojo Caliente:
Abiquiu Inn, Abiquiu, 10 miles away
Cottonwood RV Park, Espanola, 14 miles away
Oh Kay RV Park, Espanola, 15 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Ojo Caliente:
Lemitas Trail, Rio Arriba , 9 miles away
Palacio Trail, Rio Arriba , 12 miles away
Apache Trail, Rio Arriba , 15 miles away
San Lorenzo Trail, Rio Arriba , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Ojo Caliente:
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 24 miles away
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 25 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 22 miles away
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico , 29 miles away
Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rio Ojo Caliente:
Black Mesa 1 Golf Course, Espanola , 16 miles away

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