Manuevering down the Taos Box on the Río Grande, which after so much needed snow this past winter, the river expected to be mighty this season. This river’s headwaters begin flowing in 13,000 foot peaks in the San Juan Mountains. The second longest river system in the United States, the Río Grande snakes, plunges and cuts its way through Colorado, New Mexico and Texas toward the Gulf of Mexico. Near Taos, The Río Grande has two main sections for rafting: the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run. Both feature stunning scenery, black basalt cliffs and wildlife such as big horn sheep, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles; the main difference between the two areas is mainly the difficulty of the rapids. The Taos Box, a more intense, deep canyon, is known for its technical Class IV rapids. The Racecourse Run is a Class III section more appropriate for first-time rafters and families. For information on rafting outfitters and more epic adventures, see the “Wild and free” article in the Local section.
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