Aros/Yaqui - Lower Aros/Yaqui



In general, the lower Rio Aros/Yaqui is big and wide with relatively easy rapids, good camping, pretty scenery, and an abundance of wildlife (including cows!). With its low gradient and pool-drop character, the rapids are intermittent and rarely over Class III. Roca Roja (III+) and Morita (III to IV-) are the most difficult rapids. This is a great river for the beginner to intermediate boater looking for a beautiful multi-day run. The river passes through a number of distinct canyons including the Lone Palm Gorge, Cañón Los Arrieros, and Cañón La Bocana before mellowing to a float for the last 35 miles or so on the Rio Yaqui. There are some beautiful side canyons to hike and a few have swimming holes where you can cool off.


Neil Nikirk
Class III- to III+
Current Flow Visual or Unknown
Recommended Flow Minimum: 600.0
Average: 6000.0
Maximum: 20000.0
Typical Season Begins: July
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: Yes
SUP: Yes
Packrafting: Yes
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge Visual or Unknown
Length 103.5 Mile(s)
Gradient 11.0 FPM