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
Conejos River Near Mogote
USGS 08246500
59 cfs 1.9 ft
Embudo Creek At Dixon
USGS 08279000
20 cfs 8.6 ft
Costilla Creek Below Costilla Dam
USGS 08254000
0 cfs 1.2 ft
Tesuque Creek Above Diversions Near Santa Fe
USGS 08302500
1 cfs 5.2 ft
Rio Grande At Otowi Bridge
USGS 08313000
559 cfs 3.0 ft
Costilla Creek Above Costilla Dam
USGS 08252500
2 cfs 1.7 ft
Gallinas River Near Lourdes
USGS 08382000
3 cfs 1.5 ft
Mora River At La Cueva
USGS 07215500
2 cfs 4.6 ft
Rio Mora Near Terrero
USGS 08377900
17 cfs 1.2 ft
Rito De Los Frijoles In Bandelier Nat Mon
USGS 08313350
1 cfs 1.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Santa Fe
SNOTEL 922
2" -1"
Culebra #2
SNOTEL 430
1" 1"
Medano Pass
SNOTEL 914
2" -1"
Ute Creek
SNOTEL 1005
1" 0"
Bateman
SNOTEL 316
2" 1"
Taos Powderhorn
SNOTEL 1168
4" 0"
Gallegos Peak
SNOTEL 491
1" 0"
Tres Ritos
SNOTEL 1083
1" 0"
Rio Santa Barbara
SNOTEL 1254
3" 0"
Elk Cabin
SNOTEL 921
2" 2"
South Colony
SNOTEL 773
7" 0"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Cebolla Mesa 5 7,372 ft
Cowles 9 8,216 ft
El Aguaje - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,467 ft
Hodges 14 8,453 ft
Aspen Basin 10 10,219 ft
Panchuela 6 8,330 ft
Holy Ghost 24 8,239 ft
La Junta - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,465 ft
Borrego Mesa 9 8,719 ft
Little Arsenic Springs None 7,498 ft
Orilla Verde Rec Area None 6,049 ft
North Lake - Santa Cruz Lake 25 6,346 ft
Big Tesuque 10 9,723 ft
Big Arsenic Springs - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,516 ft
Montoso - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,500 ft
Taos Junction None 6,071 ft
Jacks Creek 40 8,894 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Santa Fe 2" 43° 0"
Sipapu Ski Area 1" 56° 0"
Taos Ski Valley 4" 46° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pilar/Race Course 405.0cfs 6.0 Mi III- to IV-