Embudo Creek, New Mexico, US
01. Near Rio Lucio to Hwy 75
||IV-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Slots of Fun
Slots of FunPhoto of Will Rawstron by Roy Hovland taken 05/16/04 @ 3.2 "Medium"
Embudo means "funnel" in Spanish, and this river certainly lives up to its name!
Shortly after it is formed (at the confluence of the Rio Pueblo and Rio Santa Barbara), it
plunges into a narrow granite gorge which contains 5 miles of continuous Class V to V+. This is
old-school creeking; not really any big vertical drops to run, but extremely continuous rapids
with big hydraulics. High-water runs are hectic, and there will be extended sections without
being able to eddy out. In general the rapids are very clean, smooth, water-polished granite
drops. There are very few strainers and sieves, so the primary danger is flush drowning.
This is an isolated area with an Indian reservation near the put-in and a conservative Hispanic
community near the takeout. They don't like boaters or outsiders, period. Harassment in the
past has included throwing kayaks into the rapids while you're scouting, firing shots off in
your direction, and vandalizing your car. This usually has been the result of out-of-state
boaters driving through town at 60 mph with a stack of boats on the roof; Can you say "easy
target?" It's best to drive slowly in this area, be respectful, and keep a low profile.
If you do that, you probably will have no problems.
Check out pics of Rio Embudo (and many other Central Rockies classics) taken at Low and Medium water levels.
To get there:
Do not park at the highway bridge takeout (as described in Colorado Rivers and Creeks,
The "arroyo" takeout is the preferred takeout.
Check newmexicoh2o.com for details on the
put-in/take-out; They are difficult to find.
The reaches of the Taos Box area are:
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Last Updated: 2017-07-15 03:49:56