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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Grande

Taos Rio Arriba county, Chiflo Campground to Little Arsenic Trail section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS V     6 miles
This stretch is extremely demanding on anyone's scale, and it is irresponsible to suggest otherwise. Experts only!! Access isn't easy, but it is a beautiful canyon. Says Cullen Hallmark

Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New Mexico tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. This stretch of Rio Grande is 6 miles
    long and is a class V section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The put-in is not too far from Taos, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. Whether you're whitewater
rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good places. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Chiflo Campground to Little Arsenic Trail section is just one of many. Whitewater paddling here in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains is a great experience. The campgrounds here at Rio Grande are pretty good. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations  
you might end up sleeping in your car. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, it's perfect for a one day trip. The beautiful scenery of Taos/Rio Arriba County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
The beauty of mother nature reveals herself at Little Arsenic Rapids; you'll probably meet some people from Questa here. There's no way anybody can get bored here in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains.

Rio Grande, Chiflo Campground to Little Arsenic Trail 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 Rio Grande.
 Whitewater Near Rio Grande:
Red River, -blank- County, 2 miles away
      Class IV+ - 14 miles long (Highway 515 to Dunn Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 6 miles long (Chiflo Campground to Little Arsenic Trail)
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Red River confluence to John Dunn Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 9 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 9 miles away
      Class II-IV - 14 miles long (Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Far FLUNG Adventures, Taos County, 13 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Pueblo de Taos, -blank- County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (to Taos Junction Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Big River Raft Trips, Taos County, 18 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Los Rios River Runners, Taos County, 19 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Taos County, 22 miles away
      Class II-III - 24 miles long (Lobatos Bridge Colorado to Lee Trail)
 Ski Areas Near Rio Grande:
Taos, New Mexico , 17 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 , 31 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 33 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 50 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 66 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 88 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 96 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Grande:
Columbine Inn And Conference Center, Taos Ski Valley , 16 miles away
Rio Hondo Condominiums, Taos Ski Valley , 17 miles away
Touchstone Inn, Taos , 17 miles away
The Blake At Taos Ski Valley, Taos Ski Valley , 17 miles away
La Posada De Taos, Taos , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Grande:
Big Arsenic Springs Campground, Taos County, 1 miles away
Montoso, San Cristobal, 2 miles away
Little Arsenic Springs Campground, Taos County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Grande:
Number 3 Lift Trail, Taos , 17 miles away
Twining Blue Lake Trail, Taos , 20 miles away
Simpson Memorial Trail, Taos , 20 miles away
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail, Taos , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Grande:
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mosca - CO , 53 miles away
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 53 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 31 miles away
Cimarron Canyon State Park, New Mexico , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rio Grande:
Taos Country Club, Ranchos De Taos , 19 miles away
Red Eagle Golf Course, Red River , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Grande
Latir Lakes, Taos , 17 miles away
Baldy Blue Lake, Taos , 18 miles away

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