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 Pueblo De Taos Near Taos
USGS 08269000
43 cfs 1.1 ft
Rio Grande Del Rancho Near Talpa
USGS 08275500
20 cfs 4.8 ft
Red River Near Questa
USGS 08265000
94 cfs 3.2 ft
Mora River Near Golondrinas
USGS 07216500
2 cfs 1.1 ft
Mora River At La Cueva
USGS 07215500
9 cfs 4.9 ft
Rio Lucero Near Arroyo Seco
USGS 08271000
42 cfs 2.3 ft
Conejos River Near Mogote
USGS 08246500
1,220 cfs 4.6 ft
Tesuque Creek Above Diversions Near Santa Fe
USGS 08302500
1 cfs 5.2 ft
Rio Pueblo De Taos Below Los Cordovas
USGS 08276300
23 cfs 6.1 ft
Gallinas Creek Near Montezuma
USGS 08380500
5 cfs 0.8 ft
Snotel Site Snowpack 24hr Change

Outdoor Recreation

Campground Campsites Reservations Toilets Showers Elevation
La Junta - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,465 ft
Holy Ghost 24 8,239 ft
Montoso - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,500 ft
North Lake - Santa Cruz Lake 25 6,346 ft
Cowles 9 8,216 ft
Little Arsenic Springs None 7,498 ft
Taos Junction None 6,071 ft
Big Arsenic Springs - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,516 ft
Borrego Mesa 9 8,719 ft
Hodges 14 8,453 ft
Orilla Verde Rec Area None 6,049 ft
Jacks Creek 40 8,894 ft
Big Tesuque 10 9,723 ft
Panchuela 6 8,330 ft
El Aguaje - Wild Rivers Rec Area None 7,467 ft
Cebolla Mesa 5 7,372 ft
Aspen Basin 10 10,219 ft
Ski Area Snowpack Air Temperature 5 Day Forecast
Sipapu Ski Area 1" 75° 0"
Ski Santa Fe 0" 59° 0"
Taos Ski Valley 44" 61° 0"
River Run Streamflow Length Class
Pilar/Race Course 465.0cfs 6.0 Mi III- to IV-