Rio Grande - 07. Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Reservoir

Rio Grande, New Mexico, US


07. Otowi Bridge to Cochiti Reservoir

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 24 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-08313000 500 - 10000 cfs III 00h33m 332 cfs (too low)
Flow range for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report.

River Description

For information, see New Mexico Whitewater, by NM State Parks & Rivers of SW, by

The reaches of the Taos Box area are...

Ute Mountain (Class II),
Razors (Class III/IV),
Upper Box (Class V/V+),
Lower Box (Class III/IV),
Pilar (Class III/IV),
Otowi Bridge (Class III),
Red River (Class IV),
Rio Pueblo (Class V+), and
Rio Embudo (Class V+).

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-15 04:22:41

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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June 14 2009 (3444 days ago)
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June 14,2009. We're running this next weekend. Will update on return. Contact
January 28 2004 (5408 days ago)
Tim JohnsonDetails
The land surrounding Otowi bridge is on San Ildefonso Pueblo, so access is restricted, but there
are several fun little class II rapids between there and the bottom of the red dot trail. After red
dot, there are four class III's. The first two are one after another. Stay right for the second.
Almost all the current in the third rapid goes over a big rock, we have had problems there before
and haven't found a good way around it, it all depends on water levels. After the last rapid, which
is pretty close to Ancho Canyon, it is really flat water all the way to Cochiti Lake and it seems
to go on forever until you hit the lake and have to paddle a couple miles. I would recommend hiking
out at the Bandelier falls trail. Overall, it is a very fun trip, lots of beautiful scenery and
very remote, you probably won't see anyone on the river.

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