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Winter Has Arrived in New Mexico!

December 12th, 2017

The Fall in Northern New Mexico has been long and beautiful and the anticipation for snow and winter had been growing throughout the community.  With our most recent storm and temperatures falling to well below freezing most days, the wait is over.  Welcome to winter!  This is the time of year that brings much excitement to our communities as everyone is tuning their skis and getting ready for yet another  ski season at the many amazing resorts throughout Northern New Mexico.  Here at NMRA, we have many to chose from.  With some of our staff spread out between Sipapu, Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, Red River and Ski Santa Fe.  All perfect destinations for the greatest of powder hounds. Look forward to seeing you all out there on the slopes, soaking up all of the great snow that we plan on recycling throughout the summer, whitewater rafting  on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama!

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Trip Spotlight: Gourmet Wine Pairing Rio Chama Adventure

December 1st, 2017

If you love food, wine and wilderness, there are few trips available in the country that compare to this amazing adventure.  This trip combines them all with a level of comfort above and beyond the normal multi-day river trip.  You’ll be amazed at the gear we bring along on this adventure to transform each night’s camp into a dining room reserved for the finest of restaurants.  Not to mention the food and wine that fills the table each night.  Our good friends Chef Rocky Durham and Vivac Winery combine efforts to provide four amazing courses for each night’s dining experience.   Sit back and relive the days adventure while learning about the wine making process and the subtle notes each wine will leave on your palate while perfectly paired with Chef Rocky’s amazing creations.  The wines at Vivac are widely acclaimed as the best in New Mexico and in the west with a bold approach to some of your favorite varietals as well as some new selections you may be introduced to for the first time.  Chef Rocky Durham is certainly one of the largest names in a rock star community of chefs that comprise of multiple James Beard award […]

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The Best Deals of the Year on Whitewater Rafting in New Mexico!

November 19th, 2017

It’s that time of year when we offer the biggest discounts on our whitewater rafting trips.  Our Holiday Special happening starts on Wednesday, Nov. 25th and runs until the New Year.  This is a great opportunity to reserve your 2018 river trip on the Racecourse Half Day, Rio Grande Gorge Full Day or the Taos Box Full Day for a whopping 20% discount off of our 2017 rates.  If you know when you’d like to go, just go online and enter the promo code 2018Gift and get your discount at checkout.  You won’t see a deal like this all year so please don’t hesitate. Also, don’t forget about that special gift or Stocking Stuffer in the form of a Gift Certificate.  Its a great last minute idea for someone in your life that loves Adventure as much as you.  Gift Certificates can be purchased in dollar form or for a specific trip.  Don’t worry about waiting until the last minute.  Our gift Cards will be sent to you by e-mail immediately after making your purchase.  Just print out the Gift Card and slip it into your loved ones stocking or send it directly to them by e-mail.  Either way its […]

Climbing With Locals

October 18th, 2017

Just north of the boat house, the Rio Grande River meanders through the stunning Rio Grande Gorge, an 800-foot-deep chasm in the Taos Plateau. The gorge is part of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and still feels remote and wild to any who get to travel down through its towering walls. This season we have used a beautiful spot on the west rim of the gorge to introduce guests to climbing and rappelling. Dead Cholla Wall is an established climbing area that sits with the river below and in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Often we are the only people at the wall and get to enjoy one of the most stunning vistas in the Southwest in solitude. On our last climbing trip of the season, we had a bit of a run-in with the locals. The morning was cool and breezy and Nikos, Chelsea, and I were all in high spirits as we headed out. To get to Dead Cholla Wall we drive along the peaceful Orilla Verde section of river, across the Taos Junction Bridge, and then up a winding dirt road until we reach the rim. We made it up to the […]

Rafting the Rio Grande

September 25th, 2017

The Rio Grande in the United States, also known as the Río Bravo, travels 1,885 miles (3,034 km), and the fourth longest river system in the United States.  The Rio Grande rises in high mountains and flows for much of its length at high elevation. In New Mexico, the river flows through the Rio Grande Rift from one sediment-filled basin to another, cutting canyons between the basins and supporting a fragile Bosque ecosystem in its floodplain. But before that runoff settles down to a placid river, it rumbles through far northern New Mexico. The Rio Grande flows out of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in Colorado from its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains, and journeys through New Mexico, Texas and Mexico to the Gulf of Mexico. It passes through 800-foot chasms of the Rio Grande Gorge, a wild and remote area of northern New Mexico. In 1968, the Rio Grande and Red River were among the first eight rivers Congress designated into the National Wild and Scenic River System to protect outstanding resources values. Whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande is the most fun and important outdoor activity to be enjoyed in Northern New Mexico during the spring and summer months.  There are few […]

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Between Two Chollas- Interview with Jake Walker, River Guide

August 24th, 2017

JM: Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Jake Walker, NMRA’s head boatman and SUP Extaordinaire. Jake, what was it that brought you into rafting? JW: Well, I guess it was always just meant to be… I’ve always been on the water. I took two weeks, and went up to Arizona with a buddy. We stayed at a rafting company out there, and all of a sudden, I was getting paychecks! It started as a visit, and turned into a job. I didn’t want to make rafting a job, or make anything on the river a job, because I didn’t want to take the fun out of it. But, it’s still fun, 25 years later.                        JM: That was my next question. Is that how long you’ve been guiding? 25 years? JW: Yeah… since ’92, however long it’s been since then! JM: Tell me, what’s the best part about being a guide? JW: The best part about being a guide is the freedom. To pull up [stakes], and go to the next place, no questions asked- without it being weird like it would be for other people. Also, the interaction with the people, with the guests.             JM: So […]

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Green Chile: A Taste Of New Mexico

August 11th, 2017

The New Mexico River Adventures crew are huge fans of green chile. We incorporate it into our signature lunch dish on our full day trips, because what are fresh fajitas without the true flavor of New Mexico?                                                                                                                                    Here in New Mexico, everyone’s mouths start to water right around the beginning of August. Why? Because the green chile is being harvested and roasted! There’s nothing like the spicy steam coming off of the green chile that’s being roasted outside of almost every grocery store in the state for the next month. It’s mesmerizing to watch the huge grated barrels being turned over the fire and sprayed down with water to create the giant steam clouds that we all look forward to, so it’s common to see a small crowd gathered around a chile roaster outside of the local grocery.                                                                                                                           Roasting the chiles doesn’t just give them that amazing, smokey flavor; it also blisters the skin of the fruit to make them […]

2017 Gas Pipeline Project on Highway 68

August 1st, 2017

New Mexico Gas Co. is starting a gas pipeline replacement project on Tues, August 1st 2017, between Pilar and Rinconada, NM along Highway 68. The 6 mile stretch to be replaced runs above ground on the geologically unstable West side of the Rio Grande between mile marker 30 and mile marker 24.  This side of the river in this area is prone to landslides, and the ground is constantly shifting due to underground springs and geological activity. The existing pipeline is 8″ in diameter, to be replaced with 12″ pipeline and rerouted to the East side of the river next to the North-bound lane of Highway 68. This pipeline replacement project will run a predicted 4 months from August through November, and will hopefully be completed by Thanksgiving 2017. The road crews will be working on 1 mile stretches at a time, closing one lane of traffic on those mile stretches beginning August 8th. A pilot car will escort the traffic through the construction areas. Expected wait times are estimated at 15 minutes. If you’ve booked a trip with us and are traveling to our Headquarters from Taos, please allow yourself an extra 30 minutes of travel time. The typical […]

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FAQ: What If It Rains?

July 29th, 2017

    It’s late July, moving into early August for the 2017 Santa Fe and Taos rafting season. This time of year means monsoon season! We receive a lot of inquiries about our trips going out in rainy weather. Well, the show must go on! There’s just too much fun to be had out on the river, and we don’t let a few raindrops get in our way.         Our Rio Grande Headquarters is located in the unique ecosystem of the high desert. This means high altitudes with little precipitation. The New Mexico sun is hot, and for the most part, New Mexico averages 280 sunny days a year! That means around 100 days or less that we receive rain on average; making rainstorms a bit of a special occasion for us, even during what’s considered monsoon season. These rainstorms typically blow in during the late afternoon, providing a welcome relief to the warm, dry summer days. Rain on the riverside cliffs brings out all the beautiful colors in the desert landscape, washing the dust from the rocks and letting the thirsty foliage drink deeply. It’s also not uncommom to see a variety of beautiful waterfalls off the canyon rim as […]

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Between Two Chollas – An Interview With Luke Kriken, River Guide

July 10th, 2017

JM: Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Luke Kriken. Luke, what brought you into rafting?   LK: I was just looking for a summer job in between school, and found out that I knew somebody at this company. I had worked a care-providing gig for years, and decided I wanted to get a job for myself this time; I felt like I had played my part and donated to the community, so I really wanted to do something for myself. I found out about this, and had only been rafting once when I was 17-  I’m pretty sure we were being such little jerks [on that trip] that the guide flipped the boat on purpose… but yeah, that was the one time I had rafted before this gig, and I came out here, had never even been to New Mexico; fell in love with the area and boating, and have been back every summer since. JM: How long have you been professionally guiding?   LK: 4 seasons- 4 summers.   JM: So, what’s the most epic trip you’ve done so far?   LK: Cataract Canyon, 2015! 16 days, self-supported through the canyon, with Wendy Meyer as the awesome […]