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Old 02-16-2016   #1
 
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River in a forest...

Hi everyone!

I live in New Mexico and don't mind driving into Colorado to go boating. Lately I've been looking for a river, nothing too difficult necessarily, that's covered over by trees. Something like this:



I don't mean to be picky, I love the rivers where I'm at (Chama and Rio Grande are EXCELLENT). I'm front Oregon originally and I guess I'm wondering if something like some of the Oregon rivers might be hidden somewhere in NM or CO. Does anyone have any advice?

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NM and CO are more desert than rainforest, so its slim pickens compared to Oregon. Think higher alpine areas like upper roaring fork, upper animas, and upper everywhere else. If you can live with cottonwood 'forests', there is plenty.
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Just not really our thing up hear, unless you are in a yak or pak raft dodging down fall at high elevation. Would be pretty sweet to boat someplace like that though!
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You need to go to Oregon and Washington.
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Or east of the Mississippi
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Better come back to Oregon.My first middle fork of the Salmon trip I was expecting all this grand scenery. Afterwards I decided I really don't need to go to Idaho anymore, it was just kind of barren like the deschutes I prefer the hundreds of unknown tree covered nasty creek runs out here. I see pictures of Colorado river boating and it looks like big flat lakes with dirty water.
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Couple of my early spring runs.
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The Piedra is pretty close to NM. It's forested once you get down in there.
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Piedra could be a good call.

You definitely wouldn't like it down hear Greenwall, totally sucks, so don't put in for any lottery's.

River that is almost more sediment then water, with whole trees surfing in holes, Giant Rock slides, and flash floods trying to rip the place apart, can certainly be an acquired taste, with a rather muddy flavor to it.

Still love the Crystal clear forested runs though, I'll take as many different rivers as I can get, run as many as I can before I'm sediment!
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