From Alamosa, travel south on US-285. At Romeo, turn left onto Highway 142. North of Highway 142: turn left onto U Road and bear right at the fork to continue onto County Road 28. Turn right onto Z road and continue to the bridge put-in. South of Colorado 142: just after crossing the river, turn right onto Rio Grande Avenue.
FISHING, HIKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING
Rio Grande Recreation Area features a meandering river flowing south to the Colorado-New Mexico border. Excellent fishing opportunities exist in this scenic canyon, and the shallow gradient of the Rio Grande is ideal for those who prefer flatwater rafting. Though a roadside boat launch is available, visitors should be aware that a canyon hike is required to avoid challenging whitewater rapids where the river enters New Mexico.
Those looking for a great flatwater rafting experience will enjoy Rio Grande Recreation/Natural Area. Visitors can enjoy more challenging rapids near the Colorado-New Mexico border, or these can be bypassed by hiking through the canyon. For more information, please contact the San Luis Valley Field Office.