Class V Rio Grande , NM

Upper Box (Chiflo Trail to Little Arsenic)

Two developed recreation areas are located along the river—Wild Rivers on the north and Orilla Verde in the south. In addition to these scenic recreation areas, visitors can enjoy a spectacular vista of the gorge from the Rio Grande Bridge (aka High Bridge) where Highway 64 crosses the river. Recreation opportunities include biking, camping, fishing, hiking/backpacking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and whitewater boating. The Upper Gorge includes the Class II Ute Mountain Run (24 miles), Class V Upper Box (6.5 miles), and Class II-IV Taos Box (15 miles), which takes 6 to 8 hours, including stops for lunch and sightseeing. The rapids in the Box offer the best whitewater opportunities in New Mexico, through one of the most scenic sections of the Río Grande Gorge. (BLM)

Section Details

Trip Length 6.5 Miles
Notes Day-use fee required
Fishing Yes
Camping No
Permit No
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater