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New Mexico whitewater, Rio Grande

Taos county, Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     5 miles
  The Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant section of Rio Grande is 5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. The average New Mexico whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so better not forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you
    want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good spots.
The starting location is a reasonable drive from Taos, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's good length for a morning trip. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. The natural beauty of New Mexico and the cool fresh water are in themselves  
reasons enough to come here to paddle. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant stretch is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
The Narrows Rapid is a stunning spot to pop by while you're at Rio Grande. At Rio Grande you always meet someone from Dixon; Big Rock Rapid is a splendid local attraction. This river has it all. All through the days of summer highs here at Rio Grande get into the 80's. When the night sets in temperatures sink down into the 40's. Through the winter highs are in the 30's, and overnight lows in the 0's for Rio Grande.

Rio Grande, Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant 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 Grande, Taos County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant)
Rio Embudo, -blank- County, 5 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 5 miles long (Close to Rio Lucio to Highway 75)
Rio Pueblo, Taos County, 7 miles away
      Class -blank- - 15 miles long (Rio Lucio to Confluence Rio Grande)
Whitewater Outfitter - New Wave Rafting, Rio Arriba County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Known World Guide Service, Rio Arriba County, 11 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 - Los Rios River Runners, Taos County, 16 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Rio Ojo Caliente, Rio Arriba County, 17 miles away
      Class I-II - 28 miles long (La Madera to confluence with Rio Chama)
Rio Santa Cruz, Santa Fe County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1 miles long (Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir)
Rio Grande, Taos County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 14 miles long (John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Rio Grande:
Sipapu, New Mexico , 20 miles away, 1055 foot drop, 4 lifts, 31 runs
Ski Santa Fe, New Mexico , 25 miles away, 1725 foot drop, 7 lifts, 69 runs
Taos, New Mexico , 32 miles away, 2612 foot drop, 13 lifts, 110 runs
Red River, New Mexico , 38 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 7 lifts, 58 runs
Angel Fire, New Mexico , 39 miles away, 2077 foot drop, 7 lifts, 74 runs
Pajarito Mountain, New Mexico , 44 miles away, 1410 foot drop, 7 lifts, 37 runs
Sandia Peak, New Mexico , 71 miles away, 1700 foot drop, 6 lifts, 30 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 96 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
 Hotels Near Rio Grande:
Sagebrush Inn Conference Center, Taos , 17 miles away
Super 8 Taos, Taos , 17 miles away
Days Inn Taos, Taos , 17 miles away
Hampton Inn Taos, Taos , 17 miles away
Quality Inn Taos, Taos , 18 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Rio Grande:
Orilla Verde - Pilar, Penasco, 3 miles away
Orilla Verde - Rio Bravo, Penasco, 3 miles away
Orilla Verde - Arroyo Hondo, Penasco, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Rio Grande:
Comales Sheep Driveway, Taos , 16 miles away
Medio Dia Trail, Santa Fe , 17 miles away
Rio Molino Trail, Santa Fe , 17 miles away
Sierra Mosca Trail, Santa Fe , 17 miles away
Trampas Trail, Rio Arriba , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Rio Grande:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Santa Fe - NM , 27 miles away
Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos - NM , 38 miles away
Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico , 24 miles away
Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico , 28 miles away
Carson National Forest, New Mexico , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Rio Grande:
Taos Country Club, Ranchos De Taos , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Rio Grande
Talpa Reservoir, Taos , 17 miles away

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