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New Mexico Whitewater Rafting Santa Fe & Taos

New Mexico Whitewater Rafting

New Mexico River Adventures offers a variety of Outdoor experiences in and around the Santa Fe/Taos area of northern New Mexico. Whether you’re looking for a wild whitewater run through the Class IV rapids of the world famous Taos Box or a scenic float through the azure canyon of the Rio Chama, New Mexico River Adventures has a river trip for you and your family or group.

Whitewater raft trips and Scenic river travel are our specialty but we also offer activities in other outdoor pursuits, such as New Mexico Kayaking with world class instructors, stand up paddle boarding the local rivers and lakes with the region’s only ACA certified guide, or wilderness travel in the high alpine country with seasoned professionals.  New Mexico River Adventures can offer you a wide variety of River and Land based activities.

Check out this web site (we’re very proud of its design) and give us a call (800-983-7756) to set up a spectacular river trip, land-based activity or custom combination adventure you will remember for a lifetime.

Don’t just take it from us! Read reviews from our customers.


Just back from another great trip to Santa Fe. We discovered NMRA last year and rafted with them twice. The second time we discovered the brewery directly across the street and fell further in love with this little patch of the rio grande!

Brock S.

Chris here posting on the raft trip Rio Chama. New Mexico River Adventures did an outstanding job. Imagine the most gourmet camping you have ever seen. Camping next to beautiful red, yellow and blue cliffs with a river gently washing by. Quite romantic and no work, they take care of every detail. You just relax!

Chris Padberg

Incredible fun and exciting rafting experience at a great value. All of the guides were awesome, but Elias was by far the nicest, most informative, and all around best guide we could have imagined! He knew so much about the area and was a definite pro at guiding the raft. We will definitely recommend and hope to return!

Abby Michelle

Thanks to the great folks at New Mexico River Adventures for a great trip down the river with our family, Scott Downs and Taylor Copper! It was great fun! Jose Elias, thanks so much for giving us the “tour”, and for making it such a fun trip. You are the best! We will definitely be back with more of the family!

Will and Carol Downs

My wife and I enjoyed a great day on the river to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Beginning with several calls to Matt, it was clear to me these folks liked and knew what they were doing; we didn’t feel like we were just another client, Once we got to the location, Matt and Ryan, our guide, went out of their way to make us feel welcome, and at ease.

Party of two to scout the outfit, not disappointed. Booked 8 of us for several days later. Did the race course both times, plenty of adventure for our group with 3 small children and a few beginners. Very laid back yet professional with every interaction. From what I gather, this is a relatively new business with seasoned professionals running things. The drive from Santa Fe is easy and scenic.

This seasoned team of energetic, enthusiastic, extremely polite rafting experts delivered the perfect grand finale for our vacation! As novices, we were fortunate to have the owner, Matt Gontram as our guide (Along with Chrisman and Ryan as our “shadow rafters”). My wife had some initial reservations about the excursion but Matt’s thoughtful and respectful assurances got us confidently under way. As added unexpected pleasures, we were treated to a small lunch on the side of the river as well as digital photos of our trip at the end. Matt has many fascinating stories to share about his broad global rafting experiences and he’s built a small company with a great combination of charm and operational excellence. We decided somewhat spontaneously the night before to take this small adventure & we sure picked the right outfit for our first time!

from Trip Advisor

Madison, WI

Thank you Wendy, Matt and Chrisman for a memorable paddle trip on the Rio Grande. You have a top notch operation and provide a fun-filled river rafting adventure. I’m definitely going to come back for more. Until then I will be smiling about what a good time I had on my August trip.

Michael H.

Paradise Valley, AZ

NMRA provided us with a great time on the river and all the guides appeared friendly, knowledgeable, and very professional. Our own guide, Ryan, was, of course, the very best and gave us a wonderful trip with amazing good humor, skill, and genuine niceness! Thanks…it was a blast.

Karen C.

Albuquerque, NM

One of the best rafting trips ever…coming back for more later

Brent W.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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