Verde/Sirupa - Upper Sirupa



With beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, and relatively easy access, the upper Rio Sirupa is destined to become a classic run straddling the Chihuahua/Sonora border. Above the confluence with the Rio Papagochic at La Junta, the Rio Verde offers a scenic Class II float. The real reason to run this section is to access the upper Rio Sirupa. The canyon is quite pretty and we saw a “band” of coatis that were fun to watch. Below La Junta are several enjoyable Class III and IV rapids with a few larger rapids (some Class V) of note that should be scouted and portaged if you don’t like the looks of them. Access at the town of Sirupa allows for a shorter trip with most of the major rapids. However, the remaining 20+ miles down to Aguas Termales Huapoca are worth it if you are up to running or portaging Cascada Sirupa. This would also make a nice day trip out of Madera.


Neil Nikirk
Class IV to V
Current Flow Visual or Unknown
Recommended Flow Minimum: 500.0
Average: 1500.0
Maximum: 3500.0
Typical Season Begins: July
Ends: December
Recommended Use Kayaking: Yes
Rafting: Yes
Canoeing: No
Packrafting: Yes
Fishing: No
Primary Gauge Visual or Unknown
Length 75.0 Mile(s)
Gradient 17.0 FPM