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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Santa Cruz

Santa Fe county, Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS IV-V     1 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Santa Fe County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water have people coming here. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have a lot of people coming here. The Cundiyo to Santa
    Cruz Reservoir stretch of Rio Santa Cruz in Santa Fe County is 1 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class IV-V section. There's camping available near Rio Santa Cruz. Not too many hotels nearby,
you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This is an extremely short section so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The put-in is not too far from Santa Fe, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that.

Briefly about the general area:
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tremendous site close to Rio Santa Cruz is La Caja; there's great hiking along the Medio Dia Trail. A tour to Santa Fe National Historic Trail is worthwhile, and sites like Hyde Memorial State Park are fine to take a look at. At this river you will always have a good time. Don't leave Rio Santa Cruz without first going for a hike along the Sierra Mosca Trail. Gotta ski! Ski Santa Fe is a great spot to do that, and you'll meet a lot of people from Chimayo here. Santa Fe National Forest is a great place to stretch your legs a bit. It is very arid here at Rio Santa Cruz commonly. August is the month that gets the most rain; February is when it's the driest.

Rio Santa Cruz, Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir 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 Santa Cruz.
 Whitewater Near Rio Santa Cruz:
Rio Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, 1 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - Known World Guide Service, Rio Arriba County, 11 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - New Wave Rafting, Rio Arriba County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Embudo, -blank- County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75)
Rio Pueblo, Taos County, 16 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (Rio Lucio to Confluence Rio Grande)
Whitewater Outfitter - Santa Fe Rafting Outfitters, Santa Fe County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Sandoval County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 24 miles long (Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Reservoir)
Whitewater Outfitter - Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, Santa Fe County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Taos County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant)
Rio Ojo Caliente, Rio Arriba County, 25 miles away
      Class I-II - 28 miles long (La Madera to confluence with Rio Chama)
 Ski Areas Near Rio Santa Cruz:
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 12 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 27 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 34 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 47 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 50 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 54 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 55 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Santa Cruz:
Homewood Suites By Hilton Santa Fe-North, Santa Fe , 9 miles away
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, Santa Fe , 9 miles away
Cities Of Gold Casino Hotel, Santa Fe , 9 miles away
Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe , 10 miles away
Days Inn Espanola, Espanola , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Santa Cruz:
Northlake Campground, Santa Fe County, 1 miles away
Santa Cruz Lake Recreation Area - North Lake, Chimayo, 1 miles away
Overlook Campground, Santa Fe County, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Santa Cruz:
Sierra Mosca Trail, Santa Fe , 2 miles away
Medio Dia Trail, Santa Fe , 3 miles away
Rio Frijoles Trail, Santa Fe , 8 miles away
Agua Sarca Trail, Santa Fe , 9 miles away
Rio en Medio Trail, Santa Fe , 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Santa Cruz:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 11 miles away
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 26 miles away
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico , 10 miles away
Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico , 14 miles away
Morphy Lake State Park, New Mexico , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rio Santa Cruz:
TOWA Golf Course, Santa Fe , 9 miles away
Black Mesa 1 Golf Course, Espanola , 11 miles away
Santa Fe Country Club, Santa Fe , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Santa Cruz
Nichols Reservoir, Santa Fe , 16 miles away
Talaya Hill Reservoir, Santa Fe , 17 miles away

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