River Rafting

Filled with majestic wildlife, intense geology and remnants of ancient history, the Rio Grande and Rio Grande Gorge are like few places on earth. There’s a river trip for everyone, from mild to wild. The water in the high desert will surprise and thrill you, if thrills are what you’re after. Ride the Taos Box rapids, with names like Dead Car and Pinball, or coast the mellow stretches of the Rio Chama. Then visit one of our hot springs along the way and melt into the landscape!

There are easy places to put in for quieter water tubing as well, the most popular is right under the John Dunn Bridge in Arroyo Hondo. The other is at the Taos Junction Bridge in Orilla Verde Recreation Area, for nice floats down to Pilar for take-out before the white waters of the Racecourse begins.

Rio Grande Whitewater

The Racecourse
A rollercoaster of a river run, Racecourse is the most popular white water rafting stretch on the Rio Grande. Rated Class 2 and Class 3 rapids with plenty of splash. Your guides: Big River Raft Trips, Cottam's Rio Grande River Trips, Far Flung Adventure Tours, Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, Los Rios River Runners, New Mexico River Adventures, New Wave Rafting Co.

Taos Box
This 16-mile stretch of the Rio Grande is the real thing. Called the Box because of the steep walls that make the canyon nearly impassable without a raft, the Taos Box will whip you around some, especially the Class 4+ rapids. Your guides: Cottam's Rio Grande River Trips, Far Flung Adventure Tours, Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, Los Rios River Runners, New Mexico River Adventures, New Wave Rafting Co.

Floats
Orilla Verde - A gentle float through the spectacular scenery of the Rio Grande Gorge, alive with eagles, falcons, river otters, beavers, deer, and bighorn sheep. Suitable for all ages, including seniors and babes in arms. Your guides: Big River Raft Trips, Cottam's Rio Grande River Trips, Far Flung Adventure Tours, Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, Los Rios River Runners, New Mexico River Adventures, New Wave Rafting Co. 

 

Chama River

Wilderness Adventures
Float through the spectacular Chama River sandstone canyon north of Abiqui with its fantastic rock formations made famous by painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Drift ten miles past cliffs towering up to 1,500 feet, striped in vivid shades of pink, vermilion, yellow, and white. Glide by lush cottonwood groves and take in the Southwest scenery at a sane pace. Your guides: Far Flung Adventure Tours, Los Rios River Runners, New Mexico River Adventures, New Wave Rafting Co.

Photos courtesy of Cottams Rio Grande River Trips

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