Riito Cascadas

We have found Riito Cascadas to be dry during drought

 = in English… “tiny” creek cascades

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Riito Cascadas takes a 70’ high cascading tumble 5 miles southwest of Taos Ski Valley


beta facts:

name- Riito Cascadas … or in English “Tiny Little Creek Cascades”

height- 70’


GPS coordinates- ±36°34.076’N 105°31.457’W

flow- small but perennial

season- May is best, but anytime is okay

accommodations- Hwy 150 and forest service campgrounds are close by

ownership- Carson National Forest

access- a couple hundred yard bushwhack from Hwy 150

nearest town- it is about 5 miles northeast to Taos Ski Valley and 5 miles south to Arroyo Seco

fun fact- very, very few people ever visit this place and it’s a quick access waterfall “fix”


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Riito Cascadas … or in English “tiny, little creek cascades”… is on a very small, often dry… intermittent creek.  Which… even when it does flow… it’s tiny flow soaks into the loose rocky earth a hundred yards or so… above State Hwy 150… so… in a wet year… during the time of snow melt (which is usually the month of May here…)  -These cascades will be a pleasant surprise for you just around the second corner as you hike up this steep little canyon.


Enhanced USGS 7.5’ topo map

Riito Cascadas



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