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Rio Pueblo de Taos

Rio Pueblo de Taos
Rio Pueblo, Taos Creek
Rio Pueblo de Taos at Taos Pueblo
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Taos
Source Blue Lake
 - location Taos Mountains
 - elevation 11,312 ft (3,448 m) [1]
 - coordinates  [2]
Mouth Rio Grande
 - location Rio Grande Gorge
 - elevation 6,066 ft (1,849 m) [2]
 - coordinates  [2]
Length 33 mi (53 km) [3]
Basin 380 sq mi (984 km2) [4]
Discharge for USGS gage 08276300, 5 miles above mouth
 - average 61.2 cu ft/s (1.7 m3/s) [4]
 - max 2,380 cu ft/s (67.4 m3/s)
 - min 0.01 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
Photograph of the North Pueblo at Taos, across Rio Pueblo de Taos, by Edward S. Curtis, circa 1925

The Rio Pueblo de Taos, also known as Rio Pueblo, is a tributary of the Taos and through Taos Pueblo.[1]


  • Course 1
  • Names 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Rio Pueblo de Taos originates at Blue Lake, about 2 miles (3.2 km) southeast of Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico. Several headwater tributaries drain the south and east slopes of Old Mike Peak, Lew Wallace Peak, and Red Dome. The river flows south for about 5 miles (8.0 km), then turns west. It is joined by La Junta Creek from the south, then Buffalo Grass Creek from the north. After flowing west for about 5 miles (8.0 km), and just downstream from the mouths of Frijoles Canyon on the north and Palo Encebado Canyon on the south, the Rio Pueblo de Taos abruptly leaves the mountains. Within a mile the river passes through the center of Taos Pueblo, then turns to flow southwest to the Rio Grande, passing just north of the town of Taos. The river's entire upper course in the mountains is within the Pueblo de Taos Indian Reservation.[1]

Near Taos the Rio Lucero joins the Rio Pueblo de Taos from the north, after which the river flows by the historic

  • Rio Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico Whitewater

External links

  1. ^ a b c d USGS topographic maps
  2. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rio Pueblo de Taos
  3. ^ a b Calculated in Google Earth
  4. ^ a b "Water resources data for the United States, Water Year 2009; gage 08276300 Rio Pueblo de Taos below Los Cordovas, NM".  
  5. ^ "Taos Valley Overlook Project and Management Plan".  


See also

In addition to Rio Pueblo de Taos and Rio Pueblo, the stream has been known by various other names, including Rio Taos, Taos Creek, Pueblo Creek, Ialap'aijpaana, Ja'lapa, Kipawai, T'awi'impo, and T'awipo.[2]


[5].Orilla Verde Recreation Area just below its confluence with the Rio Pueblo de Taos. The area is part of the Taos Junction Bridge crosses the Rio Grande via the New Mexico State Road 570 [1]

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