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 Hondo Near Valdez
USGS 08267500
38 cfs 2.6 ft
Santistevan Creek Near Costilla
USGS 08253500
3 cfs 0.7 ft
Costilla Creek Below Costilla Dam
USGS 08254000
19 cfs 1.7 ft
Casias Creek Near Costilla
USGS 08253000
15 cfs 3.7 ft
Red River Near Questa
USGS 08265000
78 cfs 3.0 ft
Rio Nambe Below Nambe Falls Dam Near Nambe
USGS 08294210
6 cfs 0.6 ft
Culebra Creek At San Luis
USGS 08250000
70 cfs 1.1 ft
Rio Grande Near Cerro
USGS 08263500
182 cfs 2.4 ft
Rio Grande Ab Mouth Trinchera C Nr Lasauses
USGS 08240000
92 cfs 1.8 ft
Mora River At La Cueva
USGS 07215500
199 cfs 7.6 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change
Elk Cabin
SNOTEL 921
2" 0"
Wesner Springs
SNOTEL 854
1" 1"
Tres Ritos
SNOTEL 1083
1" 1"
North Costilla
SNOTEL 665
1" 1"

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
Taos Junction None 6,071 ft
Panchuela 6 8,330 ft
Aspen Basin 10 10,219 ft
Orilla Verde Rec Area None 6,049 ft
La Junta - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,465 ft
Big Arsenic Springs - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,516 ft
Borrego Mesa 9 8,719 ft
Hodges 14 8,453 ft
El Aguaje - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,467 ft
Cowles 9 8,216 ft
Little Arsenic Springs None 7,498 ft
Cebolla Mesa 5 7,372 ft
Jacks Creek 40 8,894 ft
Montoso - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,500 ft
Big Tesuque 10 9,723 ft
Holy Ghost 24 8,239 ft
North Lake - Santa Cruz Lake 25 6,346 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Ski Santa Fe -1" 53° 0"
Sipapu Ski Area 1" 66° 0"
Taos Ski Valley 0" 56° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pilar/Race Course 387.0cfs 6.0 Mi III- to IV-