Come spend two days with us in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument on the best whitewater in the southern Rockies.
Day one will take you through the towering, steep volcanic canyon of the Taos Box, a famous class-IV whitewater run. Day two will then follow the river downstream into the more lush and wide-open Lower Gorge, which will be a slightly milder run with class-III whitewater. We will finish the trip at the County Line Recreation Area takeout, which is approximately a 30-minute drive from our office and your vehicle.
We will cover the 17 miles and 15 class III and IV rapids of the world famous Taos Box. Beginning at the top of the nearly vertical “Powerline Falls”, we will descend through the steep canyon and constant busy-water through better-known rapids such as “The Rockgarden” and “Screaming Left Hand Turn”. While crashing through the final class IV of the day, “Sunset Rapid”, a photographer will capture some snapshots of your run. Following Sunset Rapid the canyon abruptly widens as we enter the tranquil Orilla Verde section. We will camp riverside at one of the beautiful Orilla Verde Recreation Area campsites, which will allow our camp some basic amenities like running water and restrooms.
Day 2 will be a trip through the Lower Gorge section. Our morning will begin with a leisurely float through the gentle oxbows beneath the ever-widening volcanic gorge towering above and around you. The morning will consist of beautiful scenery, wildlife, and a few mellow rapids. This day’s midpoint is the village of Pilar, New Mexico where we will observe a quiet zone to minimize the impact of our passage through the farmlands of this historic, pastoral New Mexican community. Below the village, we will enter the Rio Grande Racecourse, a section of Class III whitewater with rapids like “The Narrows” and “Sousehole”, where you will again have your splashy descent captured by photographers. We will take out at County Line Recreation Area and have you back to your car by 3:00-4:00pm after about a half-hour drive to our office.
Get ready to pitch a tent, sling a hammock, throw down a pad, and relax! Every day we will prepare and serve you a delicious riverside lunch, not limited to, but often including an array of home-roasted sandwich meats and homemade dips and salsas (see some of our recipes here). In addition, our camp dinners and breakfasts are a classic staple of the Far Flung experience, as 40 years in business has not only taught us the principles of reading white-water…but also of cooking and camp ambiance!
***Please let us know ahead of time about any allergies or special food requirements***
Following is a list of required and recommend items for this three-day camping excursion. As part of the trip we will provide waterproof dry bags for all of your personal items and camp chairs for fireside relaxation and enjoyment.
Please click here to look at a more in-depth list of required and recommended camp gear: Going Camping? Here’s what you’ll need.
If needed, we provide sleeping bags and sleeping pads for an additional $10/day.