Sorry Ken, Working all weekend. Such as it is when you slave for the raft industry. Would have loved to though given this is probably the last weekend for the year.
There are small but dedicated paddle community pods in Abq, SF, and Taos. Folks drive to CO all the time to catch water. The drive times vary depending on where your going. E.G. DUrango area for the Animas, Piedra, Vallecito, Lime etc takes about 4 hours. BUena Vista for the Ark, LAke, Grape etc = 5.5 hours. Denver for the front range stuff = 6.5 hours. All in all not too bad.