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Old 09-24-2008   #1
 
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Rio grande

We are gona be in south texas this chistmas, and thought about the Rio. I was wondering if there are realy "banditos" waiting to shoot at us from the top of the canyons like everyone tells me?

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2 Mexican Teen-Agers Held In Rio Grande Sniper Attack - New York Times Happened once many moons ago. Odds are with you. Try a flatwater paddle up the Pecos arm of Lake Amistad from Hwy 90. Crystal clear water, petroglyphs, cliffs and solitude. Or, run the Devil's if it is flowing.
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Another good reason to pack heat in your first aide kit.
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Not sure how current it is, but you might read "Tecate Journals" anyway.
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all is good, that indeed was a long time ago.

depends on your time in the area, as to what would be the best run, day run Vs. multi-day.

check out desertsportstx.com for good info on the area.

the riogrande village gauge is a good one to watch for the whole area.

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doing runs like the Santa Elena Canyon...it's worth any slight risk, no doubt. the more frequent and real threat is break ins to the vehicles at the put in / take out while out floating. The put in for the santa elena is one of the bad ones and it's a good idea to park vehicles at the visitor center a few miles away or contact a shuttle service to drop you off and pick you up and leave your car at shuttle service place. not sure if rio grande adventures is still around for shuttles but they are good, if so. if not, the park service should be able to get you some shuttle info.
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the put in for santa elana is NO ISSUE, as there is no overnight parking. Sante elena is indeed one of my favorites, but again, depends on time, craft of choice, and plan of action.

up canyon runs----desertsports, down canyon runs, check out stillwell ranch, or heath canyon. down canyon+ time+small craft= one of the best multi-day runs in the lower 48, its to bad that you can typically walk across most of it without getting the tops of your socks wet.

when I metion "small craft", I mean canoe.

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The river peaked at 50,000 CFS three weeks ago and is down to 12,000 now. High flows are considered those above 5,000.

I'm planning a trip the second week of November and would welcome company.

I've been to Big Bend a few times and have done one Lower Canyons trip.
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Thanks for the invite. I wont be able to make that kind of a trip till christmas time when the vacation time is plentiful. I'd love to go with another boater or two,(strength in numbers), anybody planin a trip around that time, I'm in!
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I was just asking about Big Bend at Xmas the other day. My mom wants to do the Lower, lower Colorado (with Devil's Elbow section) but I've been leaning more toward Big Bend. I have about 3 weeks off around Xmas and would love to plan a trip with some other boaters. The more, the merrier...

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Thanks for the invite. I wont be able to make that kind of a trip till christmas time when the vacation time is plentiful. I'd love to go with another boater or two,(strength in numbers), anybody planin a trip around that time, I'm in!
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