You guys are not being very specific about where you are wanting to go, but this time of year I'll assume you are interested in the Big Bend, TX stretches. The RG is the second longest river in the US.
There are three outfitters in Terlingua for runs in the Park: Far Flung, Desert Sports, and I can't remember the third. For the Lower Canyons run contact Ted Thayer in Marathon: 432-386-2928
I'm planning to do Mariscal, San Vicente and Hot Springs Canyons from the 23rd-the 28th of December. I've been watching the gauges and I'm starting to be concerned about there being enough water. For one thing, I'm not sure which gauge is more relevant.
RG at Castolon (near my putin) is at 1030; RG at Rio Grande Village (the takeout) is at 2040.
Does anyone know, A. why there's a 1000 cfs difference and B. which gauge would be more relevant? Even with the few tributaries, this seems like a big difference in 28 miles.
The water is low and continues to drop. Based on experience with Lower Canyon rapids, you'll be pushing over rocks in Mariscal at the two named rapids. The rest of the river will be boatable, but slow with 200 CFS.
We don't leave any water in the river and the Mexicans are following our example.
use the RG gauge regardless of your putin/takeout. I have boated eveything down there several times, and have never taken a raft. Its always been a canoe trip. August is monsoon season, but hotter than hell of course. basically, you need your gear loaded, and need to be able to GO NOW, when it rains in Northern Mexico for it to be a viable raft trip.
colorado canyon has the best gradient/current of anything out there, and i would suggest combining colorado canyon/santa elena canyon into a 5-6 day trip. have fun
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