New Mexico

River County Reach Length (miles) Description Potential Classification ORVs Watershed (HUC Code 8) Year Listed/ Updated Other State
Canadian River San Miguel, Harding, Mora, Colfax Taylor Springs (SE of Springer) to upper Conchas Reservoir 111 Portions of the Canadian River are within Kiowa National Grasslands, managed by the Forest Service, and the area was identified in RARE II. The Canadian River was recommended as a component of the proposed state rivers system. The river canyon in Mora County is also recommended as a component of the state Natural Areas Inventory. The river provides good fishing for channel catfish in lower reaches. Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Canadian 1982
Cas Creek Rio Arriba Headwaters near county line to confluence with Abiquiu Reservoir 20 The Creek is almost entirely within the Santa Fe National Forest and its headwaters are in the Valles Caldera, a National Natural Landmark. The Creek is characterized as a unique, strongly enclosed drainage which reveals part of the geologic history of the Valles Caldera, a large volcanic crater in the Jemez Mountains. The Creek area is under study as a special non-motorized dispersed recreation area by the Forest Service. It provides good fishing opportunities and supports a viable population of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, a state protected species. The lower reaches pass near the impressive Tsiping Ruins (Cas Mesa). Cas Creek was identified as a potential state natural area in a 1975 study Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Recreational, Scenic Rio Chama 1982
Costilla Creek Taos Headwaters (New Mexico - Colorado state line) to Costillo Reservoir 9 One of the best native trout streams in the state. Within Vermejo Ranch (privately owned) which was studied for potential public acquisition as an area containing significant natural resources (timber, minerals, large elk herd, diverse fish and wildlife species, scenic qualities, cultural resources, variety of recreation opportunities. Vermejo Ranch meets the significance criteria for inclusion in the National Forest and National Park Systems, and has been identified by Fish and Wildlife Service as an area of important fish and wildlife habitat. It is a small, meandering stream in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, with a wide valley bottom. Valley walls consist of rounded, conifer-covered hills. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Rio Grande 1982
Gallinas Creek San Miguel Headwaters in Youngs Canyon (Evergreen Valley Ranch) to gaging station near Montezuma 21 Partially within Santa Fe National Forest. Eight campgrounds/picnic/fishing areas in National Forest. Flows through a narrow V-shaped canyon with good coniferous tree cover. Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Pecos Headwaters 1982
Gila River, Middle and Lower Hidalgo, Grant Confluence of east and west forks of Gila River to San Carlos Reservoir in AZ 107 Scenic, recreational, geologic, T&E species, fish and wildlife, cultural. Steep sided canyons with associated high quality riparian and aquatic habitat. Scenic Cultural, Fish, Geologic, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Gila-Mangas 1982/ 1993
Mora River San Miguel, Mora 12 miles upstream (north of Maes) from Canadian river confluence to said confluence with the Canadian River north of Sabinoso 21 The Canadian and the lower Mora Rivers form scenic canyons with few man-made intrusions, providing outstanding opportunities for a canyon wilderness experience. Numerous old Spanish homesteads can be found along the river. The river is unique for its free-flowing character on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, exhibiting natural hydrologic cycles. The corridor provides opportunities to view geological strata and has excellent riparian habitat. High quality recreation opportunities exist for camping and hunting. Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Upper Canadian 1982
Pecos River Guadalupe, San Miguel, Mora From upper Los Esteros Reservoir (below confluence with Gallinas River) upstream to WSR designation near Forked Lightning Ranch House 91 Partially within Sante Fe National Forest and is an important, heavily used recreation resource (fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking). Pecos National Monument is near the river corridor, and part of the Sante Fe Trail parallels the river. Recommended as a component of proposed state rivers system and identified as a significant natural area in state inventory. Noted as one of the best fishing streams for trout in the state- well stocked and heavily used. Villanueva State Park is located near the river and provides a variety of recreational opportunities. The upper reaches flow through wooded high mountain canyons; the lower reaches flow through barren tablelands with bluffs and rugged rock formations. Fish, Historic, Recreational, Scenic Pecos Headwaters 1982
Rio Guadalupe Sandoval Confluence with Rio De Las Vacas and Rio Cebolla to confluence with Jemez River near Canon 13 The river is within the Santa Fe National Forest. The corridor contains historic railroad tunnels through the spectacular Guadalupe Box Canyon. Surrounding mesas contain significant cultural ruins. The canyon is a popular dispersed recreation area for camping, fishing, hunting, and hiking. It provides habitat for threatened and endangered species. The river was identified as a potential state natural area in a 1975 study. Geologic, Historic, Recreational, Scenic, Wildlife Jemez 1982
San Francicso River Catron Luna Lake (near Alpine, AZ) to south crossing of New Mexico-Arizona state line (SW of Glenwood) 104 Entirely within Gila National Forest. The Arizona Trout, a federally listed threatened species, is found in upper reaches. Recommended as a component of proposed state rivers system. The San Francisco River Box, Canyon Hot Springs and Natural Bridge are identified as a significant natural area. The upper reaches are noted for deep canyons with stands of ponderosa pine, juniper, cottonwoods, box elder, and Arizona sycamore. Principal recreation uses are hiking, photography and scenic vistas. Wildlife includes bighorn sheep, whitetail or Coos deer and Rocky Mountain mule deer. Many hot springs occur on lower reaches and are popular for recreation. Other recreation uses include hiking and fishing. Prehistoric remains are evident in canyon walls, cliffs and caves. Rock art is also evident. Wildlife includes bighorn sheep and desert mule deer. Channel and flathead catfish, carp and suckers are plentiful. Vegetation is primarily willows, cottonwoods, and Arizona Sycamore. Cultural, Fish, Recreational, Scenic, Other San Francisco 1982 AZ

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