Aros/Yaqui - Upper Aros

Chihuahua-MX   Sonora-MX  


This upper section of the Rio Aros has some of the best scenery and whitewater that the Yaqui watershed has to offer. This section has numerous Class III rapids and at least one Class IV. In my opinion, this would be the premiere float in the Yaqui watershed were it not for the difficult shuttle logistics. At high flows in 2014, we found many of the rapids in the upper Rio Aros to be somewhat washed out to Class II-III wave trains. There are some beautiful side canyons to hike and a couple with swimming holes where you can cool off and replenish your water supply.


Neil Nikirk
Class III+ to IV
Current Flow Visual or Unknown
Recommended Flow Minimum: 350.0
Average: 3500.0
Maximum: 18000.0
Typical Season Begins: July
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: No
Packrafting: Yes
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge Visual or Unknown
Length 52.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 15.0 FPM