On this six-mile jaunt, the scenic terrain changes dramatically as you paddle downstream. The banks begin flat and grassy, edging a wide, languid river flow. Midway, they get steeper, then rise dramatically into towering sandstone cliffs and bluffs. But the water, in contrast, stays relatively the same, making El Camino Real ideal for families and beginning kayakers. Islands along the way have campgrounds if you want to turn an afternoon on the water into a true Huck Finn like weekend.