Both the Racecourse/Pilar section of the RG and the day-use section of the Chama are great day trips. ALthogh the dirt road to the Chama section is a dead-end at the Monastery, there's often plenty of traffic and I think hitching a shuttle is doable on the weekend. Maybe even a week day if you're patient. The Chama presents nothing harder than high-2 or low-3 water. Pilar is a bit more challenging with some large holes.
The Chama is running now. Recreational releases on the weekends are more of a sure thing than weeekday flows. But for now, I understand El Vado reservoir is full and is passing all inflow at the La Puente guage.
Pilar Yacht Club can run shuttles for you on Lower Taos Box. You can hitch the shuttle on the Racecourse section 'cause the road is beside the river the entire way.
Originally Posted by mmiddlemas
Leaving for New Mexico on Thursday. Going to Santa Fe for a few days, then heading to my girlfriend's family's ranch in the NE corner of the state. Then heading up to Buena Vista, CO to meet a couple friends. Any thoughts on what to hit up in NM. She is an Ocoee level boater with a solid roll. She is starting to make the bump up to class IV, Tellico Ledges, down to Camp Creek on Chattooga, stuff like that. I don't want to bite off too much since it will just be the two of us. Looking at the CRC guide, I was thinking about Lower Taos Box and the Pilar (racecourse) section of the Rio Grande. Also, the day use section of the Rio Chama is close to the ranch, how is that? Sounds pretty scenic.
Is it going to be hard to hook up a shuttle for these runs or to hitch?