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New Mexico whitewater, Pecos River

San Miguel county, Cowles to Pecos section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-IV     20 miles
It's not the only paddling on the Pecos.† The stretch from Cowles to Terrero is creek boating - not terribly difficult, but watch for strainers.† There are fences below Terrero and a few nasty drops.† Beautiful run though. Says Cullen Hallmark

This section of Pecos River in San Miguel County is 20 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-IV section. The put-in location is a reasonable drive from Las Vegas. Since
    you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you won't find many other paddling spots. Getting a good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great
reasons to come. The Cowles to Pecos section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so pack your sleeping bag. The sections for whitewater  
rafting and kayaking here in New Mexico are often more forgiving than in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. When you're paddling down a Sangre De Cristo Mountains river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. The scenic beauty of San Miguel County and the water flowing gracefully down Pecos River are reasons enough to come here and paddle.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Pecos here at Pecos River, and Ojo Sarco is always fun to check out.


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These outdoors activities are available near Pecos River.
 Whitewater Near Pecos River:
Pecos River, San Miguel County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 44 miles long (Pecos to Tecolotito)
Whitewater Outfitter - Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, Santa Fe County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Santa Fe Rafting Outfitters, Santa Fe County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, 29 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Pecos River:
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 17 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 32 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 51 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 56 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 58 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 59 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 65 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
 Hotels Near Pecos River:
Bishops Lodge Resort And Spa, Santa Fe , 22 miles away
La Posada De Santa Fe Resort &, Santa Fe , 22 miles away
La Posada De Santa Fe, A Tribute Portfolio Resort & Spa, Santa Fe , 22 miles away
Inn On The Alameda, Santa Fe , 23 miles away
Fort Marcy Suites, Santa Fe , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Pecos River:
Cow Creek Campground, San Miguel County, 5 miles away
Manzanares Campground, San Miguel County, 5 miles away
Field Tract Campground, San Miguel County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Pecos River:
Thompson Peak Trail, Santa Fe , 15 miles away
Atalaya Trail, Santa Fe , 16 miles away
Big Tesuque Trail, Santa Fe , 17 miles away
Winsor Trail, Santa Fe , 18 miles away
Norski Cross Country Ski Track, Santa Fe , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pecos River:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 29 miles away
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 48 miles away
Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico , 17 miles away
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico , 20 miles away
Villanueva State Park, New Mexico , 24 miles away
 Lakes Near Pecos River
Nichols Reservoir, Santa Fe , 19 miles away

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