Rio Grande Recreation Area
Rio Grande Recreation Area features a meandering river flowing south to the Colorado-New Mexico border. Excellent fishing opportunities exist in this scenic canyon, and the shallow gradient of the Rio Grande is ideal for those who prefer flatwater rafting. Though a roadside boat launch is available, visitors should be aware that a canyon hike is required to avoid challenging whitewater rapids where the river enters New Mexico.
Total Area: 6,170 acres
|River Segment: 33 miles|
|Average River Gradient: 4 feet/mile|
- Water recreation
- Wildlife viewing
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
- Roadside boat launch
- No recreation facilities
- No restrooms
- Available in Alamosa, Antonito and San Luis: lodging, restaurants and shops
Directions: From Alamosa, travel south on US-285. At Romeo, turn left onto Highway 142. North of Highway 142: turn left onto U Road and bear right at the fork to continue onto County Road 28. Turn right onto Z road and continue to the bridge put-in. South of Colorado 142: just after crossing the river, turn right onto Rio Grande Avenue.