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Rio Grande Recreation Area
 
Rio Grande

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.

Field Office:  San Luis Valley

Total Area:  6,170 acres

River Segment:  33 miles
Average River Gradient:  4 feet/mile

Activities:
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • 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.


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About Rio Grande Natural Area