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Kicking Off the 2017 Season!

April 3rd, 2017

March 8-9 was our 2017 Season Kick Off with a great group from Grace Community Church.  The water levels were at a medium-low flow, 650 cfs, allowing for plenty of Whitewater Action and splashes throughout the Racecourse section of the Rio Grande.  We expect the water levels to hover here if not rise slightly for the rest of march and early April.  Today we launch our first Taos Box trip of the season with more following all week.  The daytime temps have been holding steady in the 60’s and the sun feels marvelous!  It is shaping up to be a great Spring Break here in Northern New Mexico and we are taking full advantage of it on the Rio Grande Gorge, Racecourse and Taos Box. One of the great things about rafting so far this week is that we are one of the only companies out on the river. Now, the water levels ar up to around 2000cfs and the weather is just as nice.  The Taos Box is at a beautiful level and the the Racecourse is still just right for the entire family.  Take advantage of the wonderful water levels now!  The early season experience can be much […]


Top 5 Reasons to Go Rafting in New Mexico

February 26th, 2017

Aaaah, rafting in New Mexico. There’s so many amazing reasons to do it. Though much of New Mexico is high desert, we have an incredible community of rafting and river enthusiasts, as well as the beautiful treasures that our rivers are to us. It’s quite a magical experience to boat through the scenery here in the high desert. Here’s five excellent reasons to try out rafting here in The Land Of Enchantment. Reason #1: Come check out the new national monument! The Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument was decreed as such on  March 25, 2013 by President Barack Obama.  It’s comprised of 242,500 acres of public lands in Taos County, and The Rio Grande carves an 800 foot deep gorge through layers of volcanic basalt flows and ash. There’s excellent camping, fishing, and hiking to scout out while you’re rafting class I-IV rapids through the Rio Grande Gorge. Reason #2: Astounding geology. The Rio Grande flows through the Taos Plateau, which holds cinder cones and shield volcanoes; sheet flows of basalt and towering Quartzite cliffs are easily viewed from the river. This is all through the Rio Grande Continental Rift, where the crust of the Earth ripped apart some 29 to […]


Plan Your Next Group Adventure with New Mexico River Adventures

February 17th, 2017

As we exit the doldrums of winter and start to see more and more sunshine throughout the day, many of us are starting to plan those wonderful summer adventures.  New Mexico has always been one of the diamonds in the rough of summer adventure destinations.  With every bit of the alpine beauty one can find in places like Colorado and the Sierras of California and less than half the people and crowds,  Northern New Mexico is the place to be!  Let’s not forget about the amazingly unique and culture comparable to visiting another country.  And, of course, the culinary destination of Santa Fe, this is the perfect place to plan your family get together or company retreat. New Mexico River Adventures specializes in a wide variety of Group Trips including Church and Youth Groups, Wedding and Bachelor/Bachelorette Trips and School Outings before the end of classes. There are many reasons why beautiful Northern New Mexico is the perfect destination for your family, friends and colleges to vacation and meet. With many great all inclusive retreat locations and conference centers, its a breeze to accomplish everything you want along with some great adventure excursions like rafting on the Rio Grande.  Located […]


Join the NMRA Team!

February 3rd, 2017

It’s that time of year again when we start filling up the open positions on the New Mexico River Adventures Team.  This year we have openings for New and Experienced River Guides as well as Reservationists, Retail Associates, CDL Drivers and Photographers. Our tight-knit team consists of river professionals, teachers, students, adventure racers, parents and explorers. We are always looking for excited, hardworking and genuine people to join the team in a variety of capacities. If you are interested in becoming a river rafting guide with New Mexico River Adventures and feel that you share a similar passion for the outdoors and a high level of professionalism, please Contact Us at 1-800-983-7756. We are always looking for both experienced and non-experienced river guides. If you have no experience but would like to learn and eventually become a New Mexico river guide on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama, please visit our Whitewater River Guide School page for more information. If you have prior experience as a commercial river guide, please send us your professional resume.  The snowpack in the Southern Rockies looks great for the 2017 season and this will be a great year to get to know the many […]


Beers and Cheers With The Bosque Brewing Co. on the Rio Chama!

January 28th, 2017

Last year we added yet another fun and exciting Specialty Trip and twist to the normal Rio Chama 3 Day Adventure. It was a collaboration with one of New Mexico’s most acclaimed Brewery, Bosque. The folks at Bosque share the same passion for the outdoors, wilderness and great fun as we do and so it made for a perfect fit. It was also one of our most popular trips of the year. New Mexico River Adventures is proud to announce our second annual 3 day adventure on the Rio Chama with the great folks at Bosque Brewing Co.! The dates for this year’s annual Beers And Cheers trip are August 25-27. That’s 3 days and 2 nights out in some of the most exquisite scenery New Mexico has to offer. Our Outfitter provides all the camping gear and amenities to insure the most luxurious rafting and camping experience out there. Our guides prepare amazing meals to pair with the craft beers at the campsites, so you have the opportunity to explore on some side hikes, or read about and sample some of Bosque’s classic and new brews. To read further on our website, visit here! Since opening their original taproom and […]

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Otters on the Rio Grande

January 3rd, 2017

   ot·ter   /ˈädər/   noun 1. A semi-aquatic fish-eating mammal of the weasel family, with an elongated body, dense fur, and webbed feet. 2.  Any of various largely aquatic carnivorous mammals (as genus Lutra or Enhydra) of the weasel family that usually have webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur. The North American River Otter, a social member of the weasel family, was a common resident on the Rio Grande for thousands of years, up until about 1953.  Because of unregulated trapping, pollution, and deforestation, these animals that once held the spot at the top of the food chain on the Rio Grande became all but non-existent for about 60 years. Between 2008-2010, there were 33 otters that were released back into the Upper Rio Grande, relocated from Washington state. The organization Amigos Bravos has set up an “otter-cam” near John Dunn Bridge on January 28th, 2016. They have been monitoring the growth of the otter population since the re-introduction 8 years ago. A huge effort by Amigos Bravos, New Mexico Friends of River Otters, USDA Wildlife Services, Taos Pueblo, and the U.S Bureau of Land Management has largely been a success to reintroduce the otters and increase the population here on […]


Give the Gift of Adventure!

December 2nd, 2016

Save 20% on Our Most Popular Adventures The holidays are just around the corner, and we’d like to say thanks and give the gift of adventure to our friends and family by offering a 20% discount on our most popular trips.  How about a New Mexico River Adventures Gift Certificate for the perfect holiday gift! Now through the end of the year, you can save 20% when booking a half day Racecourse or full day Rio Grande Gorge or Taos Box adventure online for the 2017 season.  Just enter the promo code 2017Gift at check out and you’ll immediately receive your confirmation for the adventure of a lifetime in 2017!

Where to Eat in Taos

New Mexican Food IS The Best!!

January 29th, 2016

When visiting a new town, where to eat is always a number one question. We are happy to share our recommendations for meals in Taos that will have you feeling like you are in with the locals! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you are coming rafting on our afternoon trip! For stellar eggs benedict, check out a cute little café on the north side of the plaza called Gutiz. The Farmstand has a beautiful location and a menu that boasts dishes sourced from many local farms and the outdoor seating might be the best in Taos. If you are looking for a later breakfast before your New Mexico rafting trip, head south to the town of Dixon for the BEST New Mexican breakfast around at Zuly’s. Their red and green chile stands up to any in the state and the eggs are always cooked to perfection! Lambert’s of Taos is located very close to the plaza in Taos and is a great place to have lunch. They have nice light indoor dining as well as a nice patio to enjoy one of their lovely salads or sandwiches. The village of Arroyo Seco is fun […]

New Mexico’s First Marathon River Race

January 8th, 2016

The first annual Rio Grande 94 was put on this year by one of our all star guides, Wendy Meyer. She is a veteran racer having completed two of the most prestigious and brutal river races in the country, the Missouri 340 and the Texas Water Safari. The 94 mile race started at the foot of the Little Arsenic trail in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area just before sunrise. The racers enjoyed the sunrise while navigating through the La Junta rafting section and getting warmed up for the famous Taos Box. The first check point was at the Taos Junction Bridge and our very own Devin Beck was leading! The next two check points were after the Racecourse section and right before the White Rock stretch. The racers had to navigate through NINE dams on this section!! The race ended at the Cochiti Reservoir where all participants were met by Wendy with her trademark smile and a cold beer. Tying for first in the kayak division were Garret Schooley and Sebastian Munoz and first place in the inflatable kayak division was Devin Beck and an honorable mention going to Luke Kriken. The total race time was around 22 hours. We […]