Rafting in New Mexico
Taos Box Full Day
This is possibly the greatest full day rafting trip in the country. Nowhere else can you find the same quality whitewater in such a remote and pristine canyon with incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. The "Box" flows through the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge some 800 feet deep. The layout of this run is absolutely perfect as the beginning is relatively calm with plenty of opportunity to work on your paddling techniques and feel comfortable working together as a team to negotiate the many rapids ahead. In the final five miles of this trip, the gradient increases and the rapids become more intense and come in much quicker succession.
The Taos Box trip meets at our headquarters at 8 a.m. and the minnimum age is 13 and participants should weight nearly 100 pounds.
Rio Grande Gorge Full Day
The Lower Gorge of the Rio Grande is a broad canyon with lush riparian habitat along the banks of the Rio. A fantastic full day adventure for families, first time rafters and groups. The first half of the day is beautiful float through the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande with incredible scenery, gorgeous riverside lunch stops and ample opportunity to work on your paddling in preparation for the exciting whitewater of the Racecourse to come in the afternoon.
The Rio Grande Gorge full day trip meets at our headquarters at 8:30 a.m. daily and the minimum age during most of the year is 5 years old.
Rio Chama Full Day
The Rio Chama has a wonderful single day section as the river emerges from the canyon. This wide valley has spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this areas and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O\'Keefe and Ansel Adams. The Rio Chama has a few moderate Class II and III rapids so is perfect for all ages and abilities. Day trips can be run in oar boats, paddle boats, and inflatable kayaks.
Minimum age for this trip is 5 and we meet at Bode's General store at 9 a.m.
New Mexico River Adventures is very proud to be the only outfitter in New Mexico to offer trips through the extremely remote, difficult and pristine Razorblades section of the Rio Grande. The setting is the Upper Rio Grande Gorge with no road access requiring us to hike into and out of the river. All of this effort is more than paid off with the opportunity to experience this seldom scene section of river with unsurpassed class IV+ whitewater and incredible beauty. This trip is not for the timid, if you've seen the Taos Box and you're looking for a great day and a real expedition, please join us for this amazing trip!
La Junta Rafting
This trip is a rare scenic float through one of the most remote, pristine and little traveled sections of the Rio Grande. Only accessible by the 1 mile long hike down the La Junta trail in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. The boats and gear are packed down by mules to our put-in at the confluence with the Rio Grande and the Red River. The whitewater on this section is calm with one class III rapid.
Whitewater and Wine Tasting Day Trip
Your day will start off with NM Wine Tours picking you up from your hotel, home or where ever. Traveling North to New Mexico River Rafting's headquarters, where we drop you off to begin your half day river rafting adventure on the Racecourse. Upon arrival at New Mexico River Rafting's headquarters, you will meet your guides for the day who will outfit you with all the gear necessary for the day on the river. At the headquarters, you'll find clean restrooms, changing rooms, shaded picnic tables on our patio rooms and any last minute items you might have forgotten including sunscreen, water shoes, hats and much more. After your half day river adventure NM Wine Tours will pick you up at the rafting headquarters. We do give you a little time to change and freshen up. Then off we go for a wonderful experience of wine tasting at some of New Mexico's wonderful wineries.