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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Pueblo de Taos

to Taos Junction Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     3.5 miles
 
This section has two very different parts so be careful. Says Anonymous

Not for beginning boaters! Says Cullen Hallmark

Racecourse section of the RG: Local favorite.  III - III+, depending on flows.  Usually peaks around Mother's Day, but runnable for most of the year.  Can be crowded on weekends and holidays.  Kayakers usually put in at Quartzite (below Pilar) and take out at Souse Hole, or at County Line (well above Embudo
    Station).  Water above and below those points is slower. The Rio Pueblo is Class V Says Cullen Hallmark

The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those
in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that rivers in this state are less demanding. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Taos, as you can see on the road map further down. The to Taos Junction Bridge stretch of Rio Pueblo de Taos in New Mexico is 3.5 miles long and it is classified as a class V+ section by American Whitewater. The to Taos Junction Bridge section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. This stretch  
is short so no need to bring snacks. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
There are good sites to explore along the Devisadero Peak Loop Trail, and during your journey here you'll meet some people from Taos for sure.

Rio Pueblo de Taos, to Taos Junction Bridge 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 Pueblo de Taos.
 Whitewater Near Rio Pueblo de Taos:
Rio Pueblo de Taos, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (to Taos Junction Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Los Rios River Runners, Taos County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Taos County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant)
Whitewater Outfitter - Far FLUNG Adventures, Taos County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Big River Raft Trips, Taos County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Taos County, 10 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge)
Rio Embudo, -blank- County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75)
Rio Pueblo, Taos County, 11 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (Rio Lucio to Confluence Rio Grande)
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Red River confluence to John Dunn Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - New Wave Rafting, Rio Arriba County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Rio Pueblo de Taos:
Sipapu, New Mexico , 15 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 22 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 28 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 30 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 32 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 54 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 81 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 98 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Pueblo de Taos:
Casa Gallina, Taos , 7 miles away
Sagebrush Inn Conference Center, Taos , 7 miles away
Super 8 Taos, Taos , 8 miles away
Days Inn Taos, Taos , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn Taos, Taos , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Pueblo de Taos:
Orilla Verde - Confluence, Ranchos De Taos, 2 miles away
Orilla Verde - Taos Jct, Ranchos De Taos, 3 miles away
Taos RV Park, Ranchos De Taos, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Pueblo de Taos:
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail, Taos , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Pueblo de Taos:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 36 miles away
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 48 miles away
Morphy Lake State Park, New Mexico , 32 miles away
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico , 32 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Pueblo de Taos
Talpa Reservoir, Taos , 8 miles away

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