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New Mexico whitewater, San Francisco River

Catron county, San Francisco to Pleasanton section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     40 miles
  This stretch of San Francisco River in Catron County is 40 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The wonderful New Mexico scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. The average New Mexico whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. A section like
    this is is of course not run in a single day, so make sure you pack enough food along with your camping gear. When you're paddling down a San Francisco Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the
way too. There are so many stretches to paddle in this river system, the San Francisco to Pleasanton stretch is just one of many. A bit of exercise and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. 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. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter,  
this is an area with not too many other places for that. The campgrounds here at San Francisco River are pretty good. The starting point is not too far from Silver City, as you can see on the road map further down.

Briefly about the general area:
The Hogan Cabin Trail offers hiking at its best, and you'll probably meet some people from Glenwood here. Man, is there a lot of enjoyable stuff to do in the San Francisco Mountains. San Francisco River is right by the Red Canyon Trail. Summertime highs at San Francisco River regularly tend to be in the 80's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures sink down into the 40's.

San Francisco River, San Francisco to Pleasanton 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 San Francisco River.
 Whitewater Near San Francisco River:
San Francisco River, Greenlee County, 9 miles away
      Class -blank- - 40 miles long (Alma to Clifton)
San Francisco River, Catron County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 40 miles long (San Francisco to Pleasanton)
San Francisco River, Catron County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 40 miles long (Lower San Francisco Hot Springs to Clifton Arizona)
Blue River, Greenlee County, 27 miles away
      Class IV-V - 34 miles long (Blue Crossing to Forest Service Road 475)
 Ski Areas Near San Francisco River:
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 59 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
 Hotels Near San Francisco River:
BEST WESTERN Sunrise Inn, Eagar , 48 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Springerville, Springerville , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Francisco River:
Whitewater Campground, Catron County, 7 miles away
Cottonwood, Reserve, 9 miles away
Bighorn, Glenwood, 11 miles away
 Trails Near San Francisco River:
Sycamore Trail, Greenlee , 18 miles away,  10 hiking miles, 2256 feet elevation difference
Little Blue Creek Forty-one Trail, Greenlee , 18 miles away,  17.8 hiking miles, 1688 feet elevation difference
Hogan Cabin Trail, Catron , 5 miles away
Red Canyon Trail, Catron , 5 miles away
Log Canyon Trail, Catron , 6 miles away
Powerplant Road, Catron , 7 miles away
The Catwalk National Recreation Trail, Catron , 7 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Francisco River:
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Silver City - NM , 56 miles away
Gila National Forest, New Mexico , 31 miles away
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona , 36 miles away

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