Hey Drew, Welcome To the Desert....
I live up north here by Santa Fe, but went to paramedic school at ENMU in Roswell and commuted weekly for 14 months, so I know the drive all too well...it is pretty brutal.
It is 3 hours 30minutes more or less (mph...
) To SF.
from Santa Fe it is another 1hr:20m to Pilar (Racecourse,Embudo) and @ 2hrs to Taos So 5-7 hour drive to the Rio Grande
And another 3-5 hours from SF to Durango or Buena Vista, Colorado for the CO class V classics... (9 hours from Roswell)
.which sucks. but when you do make it i would be happy to paddle the III-IV stuff and fill you in some beta. I wont be going in to the class V stuff so much, but theres always folks around Taos who wont miss it if theres water.
i will pm you my #. cheers , Abe