My apologies, I beleive I left a comment here that I intended for the Los Ojos to Elvado section https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1219/
I have never run from Chama to Los Ojos and obviously can't speak to any hazards that may be present in that section.
There have been a few of us running this the past couple of years.
As of right last weekend (April 30, 2016) there were no fences and no wood in the big rock rapids flows are rising though. The paddle out is still short as the lake level is currently low, but that is growing as the lake fills. You still needed to hike over the hill to the North boat ramp on El Vado Lake, but the gate was finally open so you could get your vehicle there (don't count on that in April).
It's a beautiful class III paddle, I have done it overnight and as a day run in an IK 6 times in the last 2 years.
Would appreciate any new beta on this run to both the Albuquerque Meetup.com paddlers group and to New Mexico State Parks who is trying to keep good beta on all runs in the state as well. www.nmparks.com Send any new beta on this run to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks
There is a report of several barbed-wire fences along this section. "We floated his pretty description this week and there are eight barbed wire fences along that entire 15 mile section. It is extremely dangerous with no signs posted. The wire fences are hard to see and one turned over our raft."
Please be very wary of this reach until it is known that the fences have been removed; in fact, be wary of this reach, period! As the Disclaimer notes, "All information on these and associated pages, including (but not limited to) descriptions of rapids, levels, directions, and weather, is subject to change without notice." Take heed and pursue this reach with due caution!
Gauge is south of actual run. 420cfs = good surf. 1250 = big!
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