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Old 05-03-2016   #1
 
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Rio Grande Ute Mountain

I have secured a launch date for the Ute Mountain run on the Rio Grande for June 2. Looking for a few people (IK's best, kayaks/Canoe ok, rafts: super light and super strong only) to join a friend and I. This run is class 1-II but very scenic, remote and full of wildlife. Put in is in Southern Colorado, and crosses into New Mexico, twenty six miles. The takeout is 500 vertical foot trail with a few tough spots so must travel light for this two day trip. I have a local shuttle arranged or we can do our own. Water will likely be low (hoping for at least 250, won't run it any lower). I ran this last year around the same date (Been through here three times). Looking for good people, wilderness boaters and light partiers to join us. Could get a different launch date if necessary.

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Old 05-30-2016   #2
 
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Last chance to join us, self support kayak or IK. We leave Weds. afternoon and return Friday Night. True wilderness.
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Old 05-30-2016   #3
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Ute mountain

I am very much wanting to do this trip with you but I have another permit for another River. Please let me know when you do it again.

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Old 05-31-2016   #4
 
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I too would like to do that section. Have mini-me and lite weight gear.


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Old 06-01-2016   #5
 
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Sounds good, I'll keep you guys in mind for next time. I will be Launching Thursday, June 2 between 10-noon, If anyone is ready to go. Call my cell if in the area. 303-803-6725. Water is over 1000 CFs and it should be great.
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Old 03-19-2018   #6
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Lee Trail scout

Hiked the Lee Trail today (3/18/1 (after rowing a St Paddyís day float on the Orilla Verde section yesterday) to scope it out. It looks absolutely amazing down there and Iím sold. True Wilderness! Iím happy that places like this still exist with all the shitshow permit lotteries through wreck.gov. Iím also glad that there is a big hike out. Keeps the gapers out! When do you want to go?
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Old 04-04-2018   #7
 
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Well considering that the original post was May 2016, I bet they had a great time.
Water will probably be too low this year. Already only 150cfs crossing the border as we speak. Plus Ute mountain section is closed April- May for the Raptor nesting.....
private boaters are required to make reservations through BLM (575-758-8851) for paddle trips on this reach of the Rio Grande. River Office contact is Mark Sundin at 575-751-4720. There is no fee, and registration at self-serve stations at each access make the process fast and easy. Only one launch per day is allowed, whether it is one paddler or one group of paddlers. The BLM Taos Office maintains a list of reservation days, so call or write to secure your launch before arriving for the Ute Mountain run. No permits will be issued between April 1 and May 31, due to the mating season of native birds of prey.
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Only need 300 cfs to make it go. Should run this year.
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Old 04-06-2018   #9
 
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Not this year

If you won't run it lower than 250CFS, make other plans. Unless something truly unexpected occurs there will not be 250CFS through the Ute Mountain stretch until Colorado closes the diversion in the San Luis Valley in October.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it's going to be a rough year on the Rio Grande, Colorado is caught up on its water debt to NM, and is in position to divert it all this year.
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We did a 3 day on this section last weekend at 150 cfs in IK's and a canoe, it was a little low but manageable. Camping is not very good but the canyon and wildlife was great (elk, bobcat, falcons, hawks, great horned owls and hundreds of geese). The hike out is not bad, about 15 min. to the top. I would highly recommend finding someone to run a shuttle for you, many miles of dirt roads on both ends, plus I wouldn't leave a vehicle at the put in or takeout if you like your ride.
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