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New Mexico whitewater, Navajo River

Rio Arriba county, Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     20 miles
Would anyone there know the overall, source-to-mouth length of the Navajo River? I am compiling a reference book of world rivers. Thank you. SCRIVENERLLM@YAHOO.COM Says Larry L. Miller

This section of Navajo River in New Mexico is 20 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. 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 many runs in this state are very easy. The beautiful scenery of Rio Arriba County and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. There are some good stretches to
paddle in this river system, the Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border stretch is one of them. The put-in location is a short drive from Durango, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while have people coming from far and near. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these  
hotels fill up quick. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this is an area with plenty of spots for that. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. Whitewater paddling here in the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
Why not take a refreshing hike along the Leche Creek Trail, and Felix Spring is a splendid local attraction. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the San Juan and Jemez Mountains.

Navajo River, Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Navajo River.
 Whitewater Near Navajo River:
Navajo River, Rio Arriba (NM) / Archuleta County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Lower 25 miles to San Juan confluence)
Rio Blanco, Archuleta County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Highway 84 to San Juan River)
Navajo River, Rio Arriba County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border)
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 1 miles long (Pagosa Springs Town Run)
San Juan River, Archuleta County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 13.4 miles long (Pagosa to Trujillo Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Canyon REO, Archuleta County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Pagosa Rafting Outfitters, Archuleta County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - AAA Pagosa Outside, Archuleta County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
San Juan River - East Fork, Archuleta County, 21 miles away
      Class III-IV - 4 miles long (East Fork to 160 Bridge)
Wolf Creek, Mineral County, 25 miles away
      Class IV+ - 0.25 miles long (Downstream from Highway 160 Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Navajo River:
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 27 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 66 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 66 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 70 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 72 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 79 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 81 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 93 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
 Hotels Near Navajo River:
Quality Inn Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 15 miles away
Fireside Inn And Cabins, Pagosa Springs , 15 miles away
Elkwood ManorLuxury Bed Breakfast, Pagosa Springs , 15 miles away
Alpine Inn Of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 16 miles away
Econo Lodge Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Springs , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Navajo River:
Acres Green RV Park, Pagosa Springs, 8 miles away
Blanco River Campground, Archuleta County, 8 miles away
Enbom Lake - Jicarilla Apache, Dulce, 13 miles away
 Trails Near Navajo River:
Blanco River Trail, Archuleta , 11 miles away
Leche Creek Trail, Archuleta , 13 miles away
Mill Creek Stock Drive, Archuleta , 16 miles away
V Rock Trail, Archuleta , 16 miles away
Fish Creek Trail, Archuleta , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Navajo River:
Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico , 23 miles away
El Vado Lake State Park, New Mexico , 24 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Navajo River:
Pagosa Springs Golf Club, Pagosa Springs , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Navajo River
Opal Lake, Archuleta , 16 miles away

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