La Junta Rafting
The Racecourse Rafting in New Mexico is our most popular half day trip on the Rio Grande. This trip has it all and is perfect for the whole family! We start at our headquarters where you’ll 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 safe secure parking, 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. This is the perfect place to start your adventure.
The La Junta rafting 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 the guides and for larger trips we enlist the help of 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. A wonderful opportunity to see interesting wildlife and visit some riverside archeological sites. This is also a great section for inflatable kayaking. Paddle your own boat on this section with all the necessary training from your guide you can enjoy the La Junta trip from your own kayak. Please join us for this rare glimpse of a gem of Northern New Mexico’s Wild and Scenic Rio Grande Gorge.
Our guides are the best in the business, focusing on safety and guest service as a top priority. All are extremely knowledgeable about the area’s geology, ecology and history and just love being on the river. Many with experience on rivers all over the country and across the globe, I know you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do and will certainly help to make your day on the river the best possible.