Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rafters Take River as It Flows.(Journal North)

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

Even with the Rio Grande at low levels, kayakers, canoers and others are flocking to its waters

PILAR When recalling the days of 1995's elevated spring runoff, river enthusiasts who frequent the Rio Grande near the southern tip of the Taos Gorge often sound as if they're recalling the memory of a long lost friend.

"Ah, that was a very, very good year for this area," said kayaker Richard Stoops while drifting near a steep embankment during Saturday's Rio Grande River Festival, a two-weekend event held at the Albert's Falls section of the famed race course south of Pilar.

The festival wraps up with today's raft, wildwater and marathon races. …

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