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Old 04-19-2010   #1
 
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Ute Mountain

any beta on the Ute Mountain run of the Rio Grande? Here is the description from a commercial company out of Santa Fe....doesn't sound bad for a weekend from Summit County, if the take out isn't a total bitch.

"Ute Mountain
One hundred and fifty miles north of Santa Fe is a designated Wild and Scenic section of the Rio Grande. It is rarely floated, and thus has retained a wild beauty difficult to find in today's hectic world. If you are looking to escape the pressures of everyday life, join us on a two-day, 25-mile journey back to another era. The trip begins just north of the New Mexico-Colorado border, and as we head downstream, we begin our descent into the canyon. As the walls rise dramatically above us, it is common to be surrounded by thousands of swallows. Eagles, falcons, and owls are also spotted frequently. We will see an abundance of wildlife and a wide variety of native plants not found on other sections of the Rio Grande.

We will float downstream for about 10 miles to the campsite at Costilla Creek, where guides will assist in setting up tents for a night under the wide New Mexico sky. The guides will also be acting as chefs for the evening, cooking up a healthy, tasty dinner.

The next day, after a hearty breakfast, we continue downstream, running numerous class II rapids as the canyon deepens and narrows. It is about 14 miles of spectacular scenery from our campsite to the trip's end at Lee Trail. There, we will pack and hike up a short but steep quarter-mile trail to the top of the rim and the van waiting to return to Santa Fe. "



Any info would be helpful on this potential family trip
Thanks in advance

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Old 04-19-2010   #2
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"short and steep" in the Rio Grande Gorge means emphasis on the short and the steep. sounds brutal
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yeah....thats my worry too, it's bad enough carrying a 30# 3 year old not to speak of a 105# Hyside, frame and cooler. I am not a 22 year old raft guide anymore (actually unfortunately never was)
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i was just thinking about that same trip a few days ago. I have a friend who has done it. I'll ask him what it's like and get back to you.
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Trail

I have hiked that trail.

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Trail

I have hiked that trail.

I would not want to carry an inflated raft up it. It would not want to carry a raft up it. Beautiful scenery, eagles and decent fishing if not in run off.
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just rally down the upper taos box and you wont need to carry up. problem solved.
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i hear that it'd be doable with enough people per boat, but still a major p.i.a.
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You can always find a cheap portable electric winch off ebay or criegslist or just buy one, hook it up to the fron of the raft and bam it will pull the raft and your family up the hill lol
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Just found this on eddyflower...doesn't look promising.
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The put in for Upper Taos Box doesn't look like a good alternative either.

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I know my kid would be all over the winch idea though!!!
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