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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Grande

Taos county, John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III-IV     14 miles
This is the Taos Box run.† Remote run through deep basalt canyon. Season is fairly short compared to the Racecourse below, but it is a great run.† Can be a little crowded on weekends and holidays. Says Cullen Hallmark

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in New Mexico is often easier than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. The starting location is a short drive from Taos,
    as you can see on the road map further down. The wonderful New Mexico scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Rio Grande are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There's camping available near Rio Grande. The John
Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge section of Rio Grande in Taos County is 14 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. 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. You can enjoy this section more if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. This is not the only paddling  
stretch in this river system, there are others too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always wonderful to check out Yellow Bank Rapid; lots of people from Taos come here. Take a hike on the Devisadero Peak Loop Trail. Summertime highs at Rio Grande mostly tend to be in the 80's, and through summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. Daytime highs during the winter are in the 30's; after the sun is down through the winter temperatures at Rio Grande fall into the 0's.

Rio Grande, John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction 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 Rio Grande.
 Whitewater Near Rio Grande:
Rio Pueblo de Taos, -blank- County, 5 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.5 miles long (to Taos Junction Bridge)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Far FLUNG Adventures, Taos County, 8 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Los Rios River Runners, Taos County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Big River Raft Trips, Taos County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Grande, Taos County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant)
Rio Grande, Taos/Rio Arriba County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (Red River confluence to John Dunn Bridge)
Rio Embudo, -blank- County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75)
Red River, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Class IV+ - 14 miles long (Highway 515 to Dunn Bridge)
Rio Pueblo, Taos County, 15 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (Rio Lucio to Confluence Rio Grande)
 Ski Areas Near Rio Grande:
Sipapu, New Mexico , 20 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 21 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 26 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 31 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 36 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 55 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 83 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 94 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Grande:
Sagebrush Inn Conference Center, Taos , 9 miles away
Super 8 Taos, Taos , 9 miles away
Days Inn Taos, Taos , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn Taos, Taos , 9 miles away
Quality Inn Taos, Taos , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Grande:
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Arroyo Hondo, 2 miles away
Orilla Verde - Confluence, Ranchos De Taos, 6 miles away
Orilla Verde - Taos Jct, Ranchos De Taos, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Grande:
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail, Taos , 13 miles away
Comales Sheep Driveway, Taos , 16 miles away
North End Trail, Taos , 17 miles away
Simpson Memorial Trail, Taos , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Grande:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 39 miles away
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 49 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 31 miles away
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico , 35 miles away
Morphy Lake State Park, New Mexico , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rio Grande:
Taos Country Club, Ranchos De Taos , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Grande
Talpa Reservoir, Taos , 10 miles away

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