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Old 03-25-2013   #1
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Rio Grande Gorge now a Natl Monument

Thanks Barack. Definitely a sweet chunk of land worth protecting.

Presidential Proclamation -- Río Grande del Norte National Monument | The White House

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A beautiful area worthy of protection. Reading through the proclamation it doesn't sound like it will change anything as far as access, just keep further development out....correct?

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"Separated from the Río Grande Wild and Scenic River by a broad swath of sagebrush and grassland, the Río San Antonio gorge is another area of concentrated artifact and petroglyph sites. People were drawn to this area by the flowing water, hunting opportunities, and nearby San Antonio Mountain, which is thought to have been a major regional source for the dacite used by nomadic peoples to create stone tools thousands of years ago."

Anyone ever explored the Rio San Antonio Gorge? The old guide book put out by the State of New Mexico in the early 80's described a class III run through it.
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I would guess the only difference would be having to get a backcountry use permit, but I'm not really sure. What are some other regs in other NM's? I will look at my notes tonight about the San Antonio....
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San Antonio Gorge?

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Anyone ever explored the Rio San Antonio Gorge? The old guide book put out by the State of New Mexico in the early 80's described a class III run through it.
I'd never heard of it..

Looks like a great place to camp and fish if not raft. Given the geography I would guess it's a short-season river and USGS doesn't seem to have an online gauge. I'd guess that if the Chama was running hard above El Vado Lake:
USGS Current Conditions for USGS 08284100 RIO CHAMA NEAR LA PUENTE, NM
it would likely mean the snow feeding this stream is also in high runoff - gives me something else to scout if I find it's still not possible to reach the upper El Vado boat launch from the Rio Chama now that El Vado is essentially drained, I'll report back if I get a chance to check it out.
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