Wanted to update anyone interested in access to the Rio Grande in Colorado. On our way down to run the Racecourse Sunday, Phil and I stopped to scout the access at the La Sauses cemetery.
The road is dirt, but passable for passenger cars all the way to the river.
At the river there was a fence with couple "gates" providing easy access to the water only about 30' away.
There were no signs showing this was public land or that it was a legal river access. At the same time, there were not any No Trespassing signs either. There was a decent amount of beer and party trash there, as well as cow patties. IMO the La Sauses cemetery is excellent access to the river, but an extremely questionable place to leave a vehicle unattended.
There was also legal river access at a bridge over the river 7 miles upstream at CR Z that didn't look too bad. No beer trash and it look like it might be possible to hide a vehicle under the bridge...
and at the CO 142 bridge as well. At 142 there was a small spur road that went south a short distance off the blacktop and down to the river. Looked as though it may be possible to leave a vehicle out of sight of the pavement.