Pilar/Race Course


The local staple, this run has some good play, is a nice length and is in a beautiful canyon. Makes a great early season run for those whose local runs are still frozen.

Suggested river levels for paddling this section of the Rio Grande are between a bare minimum of 400cfs and a high of 2,500cfs. River conditions sourced from USGS 08276500, the Rio Grande Blw Taos Junction Bridge Near Taos Remember only watercraft are permitted at Pilar/Race Course.

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Area Hydrology

Gauge Streamflow Stage
Rio Grande Ab Mouth Trinchera C Nr Lasauses
USGS 08240000
50 cfs 1.4 ft
Rio Hondo Near Valdez
USGS 08267500
55 cfs 2.5 ft
Rio Ojo Caliente At La Madera
USGS 08289000
157 cfs 4.4 ft
Rio Pueblo De Taos Near Taos
USGS 08269000
51 cfs 1.2 ft
Red River Near Questa
USGS 08265000
43 cfs 2.7 ft
Rio Grande Del Rancho Near Talpa
USGS 08275500
10 cfs 4.6 ft
Culebra Creek At San Luis
USGS 08250000
11 cfs 0.3 ft
Mora River Near Golondrinas
USGS 07216500
2 cfs 1.1 ft
Gallinas Creek Near Montezuma
USGS 08380500
8 cfs 0.8 ft
Santa Fe River Near Santa Fe
USGS 08316000
1 cfs 1.4 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Taos Powderhorn
SNOTEL 1168
58" -1"
Hopewell
SNOTEL 532
34" -2"
Tolby
SNOTEL 934
10" -2"
Trinchera
SNOTEL 829
34" -2"
North Costilla
SNOTEL 665
7" -3"
Santa Fe
SNOTEL 922
23" -1"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
33" -2"
San Antonio Sink
SNOTEL 1172
2" -2"
Palo
SNOTEL 1170
3" 0"
Bateman
SNOTEL 316
12" -2"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
53" -2"
Rio Santa Barbara
SNOTEL 1254
25" -2"
Culebra #2
SNOTEL 430
44" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
La Junta - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,465 ft
El Aguaje - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,467 ft
Little Arsenic Springs None 7,498 ft
North Lake - Santa Cruz Lake 25 6,346 ft
Panchuela 6 8,330 ft
Hodges 14 8,453 ft
Jacks Creek 40 8,894 ft
Big Tesuque 10 9,723 ft
Cowles 9 8,216 ft
Borrego Mesa 9 8,719 ft
Cebolla Mesa 5 7,372 ft
Big Arsenic Springs - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,516 ft
Taos Junction None 6,071 ft
Orilla Verde Rec Area None 6,049 ft
Aspen Basin 10 10,219 ft
Montoso - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,500 ft
Holy Ghost 24 8,239 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Taos Ski Valley 58" 45° 2.58"
Ski Santa Fe 23" 46° 0.85"
Sipapu Ski Area 0" 62° 1.01"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pilar/Race Course 338.0cfs 6.0 Mi III- to IV-