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New Mexico whitewater, Gila River

Grant county, Forest Road 809 to Redrock section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III+     18 miles
The coordinates and the map have been fixed and are now correct. Says Riverfacts.com

I was just looking at the Gila Middle Box section for New Mexico (Bill Evans to Redrock). The directions have you paddling upstream and one of the river access points is on HW 180 several miles from the river. The Redrock access point is close to the river, but behind a small peak. FYI. Says Gene Couch

I spent some time at Red Rock in 1968/69. 
    I was stranded on the north side when the bridge burned on night (nice drive north to cliff).  The whole area was open, even to where the Gila comes out of the Box.  On a trip back a few years ago, some miners had locked
the road off; I think that might be a public road and the closure should probably be contested.  And I can't imagine the bridge isn't public - that should be checked out.  There is a lot of Fish & Game land north of the bridge which makes me think the road and area is legally accessible (certain study area parts are not).  It's been a long time, but I can't imagine these statements aren't correct. Says Jack D

There is no access to
the Gila river at Red Rock unless written permission is given in advance.  Red Rock is private property and is posted. The bridge is not and has never been open to the public. The easement at the bridge is for maintenance access only. Says Kay Little

The Forest Road 809 to Redrock section of Gila River in New Mexico is 18 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III+ section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Silver City, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside New Mexico you might find the rivers here a bit more manageable, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding.

Gila River, Forest Road 809 to Redrock road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Gila River.
 Whitewater Near Gila River:
Gila River, Grant County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 18 miles long (Forest Road 809 to Redrock)
Gila River, Greenlee County, 28 miles away
      Class -blank- - 53 miles long (Virden to US Route 666)
San Francisco River, Catron County, 29 miles away
      Class II - 40 miles long (Lower San Francisco Hot Springs to Clifton Arizona)
 Ski Areas Near Gila River:
Sunrise Park, Arizona , 92 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 65 runs
 Hotels Near Gila River:
Murray Hotel, Silver City , 24 miles away
Comfort Inn Near Gila National Forest, Silver City , 25 miles away
Econo Lodge Silver City, Silver City , 25 miles away
Holiday Inn Express SILVER CITY, Silver City , 26 miles away
Rodeway Inn Silver City, Silver City , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Gila River:
Bill Evans Wildlife Area, Cliff, 3 miles away
Burro Mountain Homestead, Silver City, 19 miles away
Gila Lower Box Canyon - Nichol's Canyon, Buckhorn, 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Gila River:
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Silver City - NM , 25 miles away
Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Willcox - AZ , 64 miles away
Gila National Forest, New Mexico , 34 miles away
 Lakes Near Gila River
Bill Evans Lake, Grant , 3 miles away

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