River Runs Kayaking Whitewater

The Pilar Race Course River Run in New Mexico offers a thrilling and challenging experience for advanced whitewater enthusiasts. The run features class III to IV rapids, including the infamous 'Big Rock' and 'Souse Hole.' The best time to float this section of water is during the spring and early summer months when the water flows range from 800 to 1500 cfs. The Pilar race course river run is not recommended for beginners or inexperienced paddlers.

Realtime River Levels

Rio Grande Blw Taos Junction Bridge Near Taos
USGS 08276500
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Flood Watch
Until 2024-07-20T22:15:00-06:00 National Weather Service
* WHAT...Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible. * WHERE...Portions of central, east central, north central, northeast, southeast, and west central New Mexico, including most areas along and east of the Rio Grande Valley as well as the Southwest, Jemez and Tusas Mountains. * WHEN...From Sunday afternoon through late Sunday night. * IMPACTS...Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - Storms will develop over the high terrain during the early and mid afternoon hours. Storms will then rapidly expand during the late afternoon and evening hours across much of central and eastern New Mexico as storms move southward. Storms will be capable of torrential rainfall at rates over 2 inches per hour. Locations where the ground is already saturated from recent rainfall, as well as burn scars and urban areas, will be especially susceptible to rapid runoff and flash flooding Sunday afternoon and night. - http://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

July 20, 2024







Last Updated 2023-06-13
River Levels 465 cfs (3.93 ft)
Percent of Normal 202%
Optimal Range 400-2500 cfs
Status Too Low
Class Level III- to IV-
Elevation 6,079 ft
Run Length 6.0 Mi
Streamflow Discharge 266 cfs
Gauge Height 3.6 ft
Reporting Streamgage Rio Grande Blw Taos Junction Bridge Near Taos
USGS 08276500

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