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New Mexico whitewater, Red River

Highway 515 to Dunn Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV+     14 miles
  If you're coming from Taos it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The average New Mexico whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the sections in this state are safe for beginners. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling spots. The campgrounds
    here at Red River are pretty good. If you hurry you can run this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so why not pack your camping stuff too. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while will
have you coming back for more. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others too. The Highway 515 to Dunn Bridge stretch of Red River is 14 miles long and it is classified as a class IV+ section by American Whitewater. The beauty of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains is a great plus for this river. The wonderful New Mexico scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water beats anything.  
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.

Briefly about the general area:
You'll meet a lot of people from Arroyo Hondo here, and Cedar Springs is a wonderful place to take a look at while you're at Red River. Yeah, come up here to the Sangre De Cristo Mountains for a delightful time. Garrapata Canyon is a pleasant site to explore. High temperatures at Red River during the summer are in the 80's. For the duration of the dark hours of summer temperatures dip down into the 40's.

Red River, Highway 515 to Dunn Bridge 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 Red River.
 Whitewater Near Red River:
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Red River confluence to John Dunn Bridge)
Red River, -blank- County, 5 miles away
      Class IV+ - 14 miles long (Highway 515 to Dunn Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 7 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Chiflo Campground to Little Arsenic Trail)
Whitewater Outfitter - Far FLUNG Adventures, Taos County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Pueblo de Taos, -blank- County, 13 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (to Taos Junction Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Big River Raft Trips, Taos County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Taos County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 14 miles long (Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Los Rios River Runners, Taos County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Taos County, 21 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant)
 Ski Areas Near Red River:
Taos, New Mexico , 16 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 19 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 27 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 31 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 46 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 63 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 91 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 93 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
 Hotels Near Red River:
Touchstone Inn, Taos , 13 miles away
La Posada De Taos, Taos , 13 miles away
Hotel La Fonda De Taos, Taos , 13 miles away
American Artists Gallery House, Taos , 13 miles away
Taos Country Inn, Taos , 13 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Red River:
Cebolia Mesa Campground, Taos County, 2 miles away
La Junta Point, San Cristobal, 2 miles away
La Junta Campground, Taos County, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Red River:
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail, Taos , 16 miles away
Number 3 Lift Trail, Taos , 16 miles away
Simpson Memorial Trail, Taos , 17 miles away
Twining Blue Lake Trail, Taos , 18 miles away
Kit Carson Trail, Taos , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Red River:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 49 miles away
Fort Union National Monument, Watrous - NM , 57 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 32 miles away
Cimarron Canyon State Park, New Mexico , 33 miles away
Coyote Creek State Park, New Mexico , 39 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Red River:
Taos Country Club, Ranchos De Taos , 14 miles away
Red Eagle Golf Course, Red River , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Red River
Talpa Reservoir, Taos , 16 miles away
Latir Lakes, Taos , 19 miles away
Baldy Blue Lake, Taos , 20 miles away

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