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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Brazos

Rio Arriba Co. county, above Corkins Lodge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V+     14.5 miles
This stretch is not do-able to the average boater. It is anything but. The given put-in and take-out coordinates put you through at least one mandatory portage  on private property with a less-than-content owner. It's a two day trip, so there is at least one night of camping on private property. The run can only be done when the spring run-off is exactly right, and the V+ rating is not joking. This run is just not done. Go ahead and prove
    me wrong at your own risk. Says Zack

Note the 40' high waterfall about a mile in from the box downstream entrance. i have fished this many times,and think you would be crazy to run it, not to mention its all on private
property. Says john kelly

The starting location is a reasonable drive from Espanola, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This stretch of Rio Brazos in New Mexico is 14.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V+ section. The natural beauty of New Mexico and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. You can pitch
a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the above Corkins Lodge section is one of them. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more. The wild scenery of the San Juan and Jemez Mountains is great. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag.

Rio Brazos, above Corkins Lodge 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 Rio Brazos.
 Whitewater Near Rio Brazos:
Rio Brazos, Rio Arriba Co. County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 14.5 miles long (above Corkins Lodge)
Rio de los Brazos, Rio Arriba County, 6 miles away
      Class I-III - 9 miles long (Corkins Lodge to confluence with Rio Chama)
Rio de los Pinos, -blank- County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 8.8 miles long (Osier Colorado to Campground Close to San Miguel New Mexico)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 15 miles long (Los Ojos to El Vado Lake)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 15 miles long (Chama to Los Ojos)
San Antonio River, Rio Arriba County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 20 miles long (Lagunitas to Los Pinos)
Rio de los Pinos, Rio Arriba County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Atencio Canyon to Los Pinos)
Rio Chama, Rio Arriba County, 25 miles away
      Class I-III - 33 miles long (El Vado Lake to Abiquiu Reservoir)
Navajo River, Rio Arriba County, 27 miles away
      Class II - 20 miles long (Chromo Colorado to Colorado Border)
Conejos River, Conejos County, 27 miles away
      Class II-IV - 6.4 miles long (Platoro Reservoir to South Fork Conejos)
 Ski Areas Near Rio Brazos:
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 45 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 51 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 68 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 70 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Sipapu, New Mexico , 70 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 71 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 82 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 89 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Monarch, Colorado , 94 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Brazos:
Narrow Gauge RR Inn, Antonito , 33 miles away
Best Western Movie Manor, Monte Vista , 45 miles away
Monte Villa Inn, Monte Vista , 46 miles away
Econo Lodge Monte Vista, Monte Vista , 46 miles away
Fireside Inn And Cabins, Pagosa Springs , 47 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Brazos:
Lower Lagunitas Campground, Rio Arriba County, 7 miles away
Lagunitas, Antonito, 8 miles away
Upper Lagunitas Campground, Rio Arriba County, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Brazos:
La Manga Stock Driveway, Conejos , 14 miles away
Red Lake Trail, Conejos , 15 miles away
Spruce Hole Trail, Conejos , 16 miles away
Posos Trail, Conejos , 16 miles away
Notch Trail, Conejos , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Brazos:
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 53 miles away
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 63 miles away
Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico , 19 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 22 miles away
El Vado Lake State Park, New Mexico , 23 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Brazos
Hopewell Lake, Rio Arriba , 14 miles away
Rinker Lake, Rio Arriba , 18 miles away

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