Rio Grande - 06. Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant

Rio Grande, New Mexico, US


06. Taos Junction Bridge to Embudo Station Restaurant (Pilar)

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 12 fpm

big rock at high water

big rock at high water
Photo by curtis verploegh taken 05/15/96 @ 5000 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-08276500 250 - 2500 cfs III 01h04m 272 cfs (running)
Flows of 250 cfs are ok for floating from sleeping beauty to Souse hole without dragging.

River Description

A fun run with some good play at just about any level...above 2000 cfs is a solid level...above 3000 Alberts is a mandatory scout due to a large river-wide hole. At high water, everything is pretty continuous with big random holes and waves, except for Big Rocks, which washes out on the right channel. Souse can be easily avoided at any level as long as you hug the left bank. The most popular playspot is between Big Rocks and Souse, called Sleeping Beauty. It plays better river right of the stack.

Excellent description of this run at and at New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Rivers Page.

Logistics: The standard take-out is at County Line River Access (the Taos County and Rio Arriba County border) at Hwy 68 mile 24.0. An intermediate put-in access is available at Quartzite at Hwy 68 mile 28.2 for a short run. For the full run continue upstream to Pilar and at Hwy 68 mile 28.8 turn on to Hwy 570 that continues up river left. You will enter the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and find several BLM Campgrounds that include Rio Bravo, Arroyo Hondo, Lone Juniper, and Petaca. At mile 6.0 on Hwy 570 you will reach the Taos Junction Bridge. River access on the downstream river left side of the bridge and camping on river right.

Other runs in the area:

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 04:22:25


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Quartzite River AccessN/AAccess

Rapid Descriptions

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
May 27 2013 (1578 days ago)
david brauerDetails
There is a takeout on river left after Souse Hole. The river makes a sweep left hand turn after
Souse Hile. At the end of this turn is where the takeout is. Taking out at this point eliminates
about a mile with little gradient.
August 21 2006 (4049 days ago)
x (1)
Watch out for sals [Souse (Hole)] at high water

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