I noticed the Apishapa station (ark drainage) SWE was at 220% of normal and the stations on the east slope of the Sangres are pretty high.An old guidebook (Fletcher Anderson Rivers of the Southwest ??) had a write up of running the Apishapa.There is minimal info on this river,not even the usual fishing photos or YouTube stuff.
I really like the Spanish Peaks area ,a very underappreciated part of the state.It is not on kayakers radar because the flows in the rivers around there usually suck ,even though they drain a range of 13 ers,the Culebra Range (Culebra peak is 14er) and the main Sangres with several 14,000 ft.peaks.Being a map junkie and wannabee explorer,I always wondered what if?What if there were some big snow years to afford an opportunity to explore and maybe pull some wood out of creeks to make at least short sections runnable.
Anyway,anybody familiar with any of these:
Apishapa- Seems likely to be small and woody but the people who ran it did so in the days of 13 ft.boats.Logistics seem simple much of it is close to road but not all roadside,assuming you could figure out a worthy section,at least some scenic 2-3.A lot of bears around Cordoba Pass.
Purgatoire-Only account of boating is an old AW write-up from'83,over 100 miles I to V((p),kind of vague, however he does clue you into where some the interesting parts are.There seems to be quite a few access points that allow you to slice and dice it into manageable pieces.It has some surf spots,a long maze he had to portage due to blind alleys with possible wood,random class 3,a random 9' drop, small dams mostly runnable,awesome views of Sangres and Fishers and Raton Mesas,an inner red rock canyon with good camps(Lockwood),and some small ledges next to long trails of dinosaur tracks,then scenic desert plains boating to take out.Probably not great whitewater wise but an adventurous unique run that does not run often or reliably enough to overcome the logistical obstacles it poses.It has had at least one window in recent years and this year looks better.
Also curious about the river up around Stonewall
Cucharas has at least bits of whitewater but looks to have a lot of wood and private property issues.Huerfano bits?Someone has run the St.Charles at least once( and the spillway has been hucked i believe.)
To the north is Grape Creek ,run many times with mostly poor reviews from creek boaters.Further south,the Pecos should have a good season,good underboated river.The Jemez and Guadalupe are already running almost 300 if I'm not mistaken...I meant it when I said here is rafters chance to tackle the Vertical Monkey
(YouTube Gilman Tunnels)