Taos Box at 500, still good? - Mountain Buzz

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Old 04-02-2014   #1
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Taos Box at 500, still good?

I'm thinking about heading to the Taos Box this weekend and was wondering if at current flows (500ish) it's still a fun run or if it's just going to be excessively manky/scrapy/sievy. Last time I was there it was around 900/1000 and was great. Have a feeling that it could channelize well at low water but wanted to get some beta from those familiar with the flows through the Box. AW is saying lower minimum, so I thought I'd see if folks consider it a good low water run or a waste of time to head to. Any input is appreciated.


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Old 04-02-2014   #2
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I heard the flows through the box are only good once a month.
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Old 04-02-2014   #3
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American Whitewater - 5. John Dunn Bridge to Taos Junction Bridge (Lower Taos Box) , Rio Grande New Mexico, US

It's running 640 cfs right now, which is a lot of fun imo. we ran it sunday at @ 711, and it was clean and pretty quick moving. Its mostly creekish channelized class III-III+ with lots of slots and little boofs . Powerline is shallow and sort of manky, but runs pretty smooth. just dont get flipped or get pushed into the top right deth sieve eddy thing. its easy to avoid Powerline is def. the recommended scout, and its nice to stretch your legs at that point anyhow. At 500-600 powerline is a bit sketch, and below 500 its pretty much a portage. other then that it all goes if you aren't picky. ..... the sieve in bottom right rock garden is an area to avoid, and Screaming Right is a shallow rockpile too.

at super low flows, 250+ it still goes,(havent done it that low myself, 400 is lowest for me) but yellowbank, powerlineand i believe screaming right is a portage....

I wouldnt drive down here if it is below 600cfs. but even then combo a Pilar play run and LTB. it is still a good weekend, as RC is GTG at 600cfs. we all wish for those measly flows most of the time, and paddle anyhow.

all that being said, The Arkansas at 600-700 is definitely higher quality, easier access shorter shuttles, and all that.and play parks too. I would prolly just go there instead...

but for local, or truly motivated folks....
LTB was totally worth it..... saw bighorn sheep, redtail hawks, a golden eagle, an otter, and no other paddlers last two time we did it.
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Old 04-03-2014   #4
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I agree with what Abe just mentioned. At the lower levels (300-1000cfs) it is a super fun class III+ creek-like run, that can be almost entirely boat scouted minus Powerline. I recommend an earlier start though as it can turn into a long day, and have you hitting Sunset at, well, sunset.
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