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Whitewater River Run

New Mexico Rio Grande

Pilar/Race Course

Class III- TO IV-


Too High
75°, Heavy Rain

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.

Weather today, Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Status Too High
Class Level III- to IV-
Elevation 6,079 ft
Run Length 6.0 Mi
Streamflow Discharge 3510 cfs
Gauge Height 6.7 ft
Reporting Streamgage Rio Grande Blw Taos Junction Bridge Near Taos
USGS 08276500

Nearby Snowpack and Streamflow Levels

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Cimarron River Below Eagle Nest Dam
USGS 07206000
2 cfs 0.3 ft
Coyote Creek Near Golondrinas
USGS 07218000
10 cfs 3.4 ft
Mora River Near Golondrinas
USGS 07216500
122 cfs 2.1 ft
Rio Mora Near Terrero
USGS 08377900
62 cfs 1.7 ft
Mora River At La Cueva
USGS 07215500
128 cfs 6.9 ft
Rio Hondo Near Valdez
USGS 08267500
120 cfs 2.9 ft
Tesuque Creek Above Diversions Near Santa Fe
USGS 08302500
13 cfs 5.4 ft
Rito De Los Frijoles In Bandelier Nat Mon
USGS 08313350
1 cfs 1.6 ft
Pecos River Near Anton Chico
USGS 08379500
344 cfs 4.0 ft
Rio Nambe Above Nambe Falls Dam Near Nambe
USGS 08294195
36 cfs 3.9 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
San Antonio Sink
1" 0"
Taos Powderhorn
23" -2"
1" 1"
Wesner Springs
1" 1"
South Colony
1" 0"
North Costilla
128" 123"
1" 0"

Popular Destinations

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Field Tract 15 7,408 ft
Cowles 9 8,216 ft
La Junta - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,465 ft
North Lake - Santa Cruz Lake 25 6,346 ft
Aspen Basin 10 10,219 ft
Holy Ghost 24 8,239 ft
El Aguaje - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,467 ft
Tererro - State Fish and Game 10 7,714 ft
Borrego Mesa 9 8,719 ft
Comales 10 7,968 ft
Cebolla Mesa 5 7,372 ft
Cow Creek 5 8,437 ft
Santa Barbara 22 8,842 ft
Iron Gate 14 9,410 ft
Glorieta 5 10,039 ft
Big Arsenic Springs - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,516 ft
Panchuela 6 8,330 ft
Jacks Creek 40 8,894 ft
Orilla Verde Rec Area None 6,049 ft
Little Arsenic Springs None 7,498 ft
Overlook - Santa Cruz Lake 25 6,683 ft
Black Canyon 36 8,389 ft
Taos Junction None 6,071 ft
Hodges 14 8,453 ft
Big Tesuque 10 9,723 ft
Montoso - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,500 ft
Hyde Memorial State Park 57 8,529 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Red River Ski Area 0" 55° 0"
Ski Santa Fe 6" 50° 0"
Sipapu Ski Area 0" 61° 0"
Taos Ski Valley 23" 50° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pilar/Race Course 3510.0cfs 6.0 Mi III- to IV-

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