Rio Grande: Taos Box

A world-class one-day whitewater section rated Class 4 plus, which can also be experienced as part of a 2- or 3-day adventure. The nation's oldest Wild & Scenic River, the Rio Grande threads through an 800-foot-deep wilderness canyon of towering basalt walls (alive with eagles, falcons, and bighorn sheep) known as the Taos Box. White-knuckle white water combines with the serenity of the wilderness to create a lifetime of memorable adventures.

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Latitude: 36.5322606 Longitude: -105.7094193 Elevation: 6823 ft
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Francisco Guevara

Typical Class of Water

Class 3 and 4

Best Seasons for Experiencing

May –July

Access Points

From Taos and Santa Fe: contact Los Rios River Runners, (800) 544-1181,, or online at

ADA Accessibility Notes

The Taos Box is not suitable for the disabled. However, the Orilla Verde section can be rafted by those with limited mobility. Please call or email for details.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets cannot be taken on commercial trips. They may be taken on private trips and should wear CFDs.

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