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The runs listed in the following sections match the order in the Dreamflows daily report. Please select from the following:
General Information
New Mexico Rivers
List of Composite Maps
New Mexico Links

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Click for weather information local to the gauge site.
Click for the gauge location, shown as on the displayed map.
Click for the corresponding entry on the river flows page.
Click for color-coded flow (high/good/low) trigger level information.
Click for the rating table (gauge height to river flow conversion chart).
Click for the graph of recent flows.
Flow on this run is likely to differ markedly from reported flow - see second paragraph below.
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Click for a composite map showing the relationship of this run to other nearby runs.

General Information

The following lists the various New Mexico flow sites reported by Dreamflows, and some whitewater runs associated with those sites.  This list isn't by any means exhaustive, but should provide a useful cross-listing.  Sites reported by Dreamflows appear against the left-hand margin in bold, while associated runs appear indented underneath.  Where available, gauge location and other pertinent information appear beneath the site name.  The terms "above" and "below" mean "upstream from" and "downstream from", respectively, and distances are in river miles.

In general, the flow on any given run will differ to some extent from the reported flow for its gauge.  For example, the flow on the Chamberlain Falls run of the North Fork American is lower than the inflow at Clementine, since the run starts many miles upstream from Clementine (side creeks make up the difference).  For runs marked the difference is likely to be radical.  Please consult a good white-water guidebook for information on how to estimate the actual flow on any given run.

Click on the icon, when present, for run-specific put-in, take-out and/or rapid location information.  Click on the icon, when present, for a composite view showing gauges and runs in the same drainage or general area.  The terms "run" and "reach" are used interchangeably; both mean a specific section of some river or stream that is typically paddled during a single trip.  Of course you're not necessarily limited to these access points and may choose others, though be sure to consider the legal and logistical aspects first.  Also, be aware that access points may not be accurately measured or displayed, and in any case can change over time, so please don't take the published access points too literally.  In particular, many access points are shown as the middle of a bridge; this doesn't mean you should seal launch off, but rather scout around for the best river-side access.

Information on the runs listed below was taken from one (or more) of the following sources:

TagTitle and Author
AWAAmerican Whitewater.
CRCColorado Rivers and Creeks, Second Edition - Gordon Banks and Dave Eckardt.
Creekin'California Creeks (an online guide) - Bill Tuthill.
SWPaddlerSouthwest Paddler.
WWWWestern Whitewater - Cassady, Cross and Calhoun.

Almost all of the runs below have some basic information about the run: the length, the class, and a tag indicating which guidebook the information was taken from (see the above table for a list of tags).  The page numbers (where given) are for the specified edition of the guide. The class ratings listed here never include all the nuances in the guidebook.  Note very carefully that the information supplied here is intended only as an aid to selecting runs which might appeal to you.  Different authors rate runs differently, some runs have significant rapids and hazards not covered by the ratings given here, and ratings change with flow.  Also, only a fraction of the information in the guidebooks is presented here.  PLEASE CONSULT AN APPLICABLE GUIDEBOOK before selecting a run to paddle.

Note also that the class rating will sometimes have a qualifier appended in parentheses.  If the rating (for example) were given as III to IV, then this means the run is generally considered Class III to IV at normal flows.  If the rating were III to IV (V) instead, then that would mean the run was class III to IV overall, but that it contained class V rapid(s).  If the rating were III to IV (P) instead, then that would mean the run was class III to IV overall, but that it contained portage(s).  Note: for various reasons (e.g. qualifier omissions in guidebooks, or the river's changed), some entries that should have a qualifier might not show one.  So, if you don't see a qualifier for a given run, then don't assume that one doesn't apply.

Many of the runs listed below have links to web pages that describe the run and associated logistics.  Many also provide interesting photos.  Note: these are third-party web sites, though, and as such Dreamflows cannot vouch for the accuracy or completeness of the information provided; nor are the opinions expressed necessarily shared by Dreamflows.  Note also that for many runs, the logistical information is taken from a hardcopy book, plus there are one or more links to online pages as well.  This offers the reader more sources of run information.

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New Mexico Rivers

Rio Grande - Near Lobatos
Gauge located at G Road bridge, more-or-less 8.5 miles west of Mesita as the crow flies.  Gauge elevation 7454 feet.
  Rio Grande - Lobatos Bridge to Lee Trail (Ute Mountain) (24 miles, II to III, AWA)        AWA  SWPaddler
  Rio Grande - Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground (Razors) (14 miles, II to IV, AWA)        AWA  SWPaddler

Rio Grande - Near Cerro
Gauge located 500 feet below Chiflo Campground.  Gauge elevation 7110 feet.
  Rio Grande - Lee Trail to Chiflo Campground (Razors) (14 miles, II to IV, AWA)        AWA  SWPaddler
  Rio Grande - Chiflo Campground to Dunn Bridge (Upper Taos Box) (16 miles, V- to V, CRC p179)        AWA  SWPaddler  SWPaddler

Rio Grande - Below Taos Junction Br
Gauge located 2 miles below Rio Pueblo de Taos confluence, 4 miles above Pilar.  Gauge elevation 6050 feet.
  Rio Grande - Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge (Lower Taos Box) (14 miles, III+ (IV), CRC p178)        SWPaddler
  Rio Grande - Taos Junction Bridge to Pilar (6.5 miles, II, WWW p202)        SWPaddler
  Rio Grande - Pilar to Taos County Line (4.8 miles, III+ to IV, CRC p176)        SWPaddler

Embudo Creek - Near Dixon
Gauge located 900 feet below the Highway 75 bridge, 0.5 miles above Rio Grande confluence.  Gauge elevation 5859 feet.
  Embudo Creek - Near Rio Lucio to Hwy 75 (5 miles, V to VI-, CRC p174)      AWA  SWPaddler

Rio Chama - Above Chama
Gauge located 3 miles above Chama, 4.5 miles below the Colorado border.  Gauge elevation 8024 feet.
  Rio Chama - Upper Chama (7.5 miles, IV to IV+, CRC p185)        SWPaddler

Rio Brazos - At Fishtail Road
Gauge located 150 feet above Fishtail Road bridge, 1.8 miles below Corkins Lodge.  Gauge elevation 7735 feet.
  Rio Brazos - Above Corkins Lodge (14.5 miles, V+ (P), CRC p186)        AWA  SWPaddler

Rio Chama - Near La Puente
Gauge located 3.5 miles below road bridge in La Puente.  Gauge elevation 7083 feet.
  Rio Chama - Chama to Los Ojos (Town run) (15 miles, I to II, AWA)        AWA
  Rio Chama - Los Ojos to El Vado Lake (15 miles, I to III, AWA)        AWA

Rio Chama - Below El Vado Dam
Gauge located 1.4 miles below El Vado Dam, 2.7 miles above Rio Nutrias.  Gauge elevation 6696 feet.
  Rio Chama - Chama Canyon (31 miles, II to III, CRC p184)        AWA  SWPaddler

Rio Chama - Above Abiquiu Reservoir
Gauge located 4.0 miles above Abiquiu Reservoir.  Gauge elevation 6280 feet.
  Rio Chama - Chama Canyon (31 miles, II to III, CRC p184)        AWA  SWPaddler

Gila - Near Gila
Gauge located 1.5 miles above Mogollon Creek.  Gauge elevation 4655 feet.
  Gila River - Grapevine to Mogollon Creek (Wilderness Run) (41 miles, III, WWW p301)        Creekin'  SWPaddler

Gila - Near Redrock
Gauge located 5.6 miles above Redrock Canyon, 6 miles above Redrock town.  Gauge elevation 4090 feet.
  Gila River - Forest Road 809 to Redrock (Middle Box) (18 miles, III, WWW p301)        SWPaddler
  Gila River - Redrock to Virden (Lower Box) (20 miles, I+, WWW p301)        SWPaddler
  Gila River - Virden to Solomon (75 miles, I to III, SWPaddler)        SWPaddler

San Francisco - At Clifton
Computed flow site located at the Highway 191 bridge at Clifton.  Gauge elevation 3436 feet.
  San Francisco River - Hot Springs to Clifton (53 miles, III-, WWW p309)        OnlineGuide
  San Francisco River - Clifton to Bonita Creek (25 miles, II, WWW p309)      

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List of Composite Maps

River/StreamComposite Map
Gila RiverGila River
Rio ChamaRio Chama, Rio Brazos
Rio GrandeRio Grande
San Francisco RiverSan Francisco River

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New Mexico Links

USGS - New Mexico Real-Time Flow Index