Rio Santa Cruz - 01. Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir

Rio Santa Cruz, New Mexico, US


01. Cundiyo to Santa Cruz Reservoir

Usual Difficulty IV-V (for normal flows)
Length 1 Miles
Avg. Gradient 195 fpm
Max Gradient 195 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-08291000 100 - 300 cfs IV-V 01h12m 11.4 cfs (too low)

River Description

See Banks & Eckardt, Colorado Rivers & Creeks II. Also see Rio Pueblo.

There's an additional mile of flatwater on the Santa Cruz Reservoir. CRC II says, of the takeout, "A day use fee is required here, but if you ask, the park ranger will allow you to run shuttle without charging for both vehicles."

Some Notes on the flow:
According to the locals, If using the guage height in feet please note that online gauge reads one point higher than the visual. If online says 2.3 the visual is around 2.2.

  • 2.1 goes, which is about 90cfs.
  • 2.3 (112cfs.) to 2.5 is a nice minumin.

135cfs is a nice level, as it is just enough water to cover up most the rocks but not so much that you have keep your head down through the willow tunnels. As the level increases, the willows seem be more of issue.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2017-07-15 04:29:09

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