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Ranking Top Things You Didn’t Know About “Taos Box.”

January 15th, 2019

For those of you new to the whitewater river rafting scene, the Taos Box refers to a section of the Rio Grande River, which is located just to the west Taos New Mexico. And since a lot of you reading this are probably wondering what to expect from this part of the Rio Grande, we created this article for you. So, read on and learn about the ranking top things you didn’t know about “Taos Box.” Enjoy! Where is “Taos Box” in the Rio Grande? As we said before, “Taos Box” is a section of The Rio Grande. The Rio Grande itself comes from San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado and, after rising, it goes past Creede, Colorado, where it enters the San Luis Valley, an ancient lake-bed. After that, the Rio Grande turns south at Alamosa, Colorado and finally makes its way towards New Mexico. Now, once it’s made it to the southern part of the San Luis Valley, which is about 10 miles north of the New Mexico State line, the Rio Grande begins to cut its famous Rio Grande Gorge. The section with the “Taos Box” is about 16 miles upstream from the end of the wilderness […]

Top 5 Family Friendly Activities to do in New Mexico!

January 13th, 2019

When families go on vacation to another state, it’s, often times, hard to find fun activities to do, especially if you don’t know the area, and New Mexico is no different. And while there are hundreds of amazing things that you can do as a family, here in New Mexico, it’s still hard to choose. That’s why, today, we are going to pick out our top 5 favorite things to do, that you and your family can do as well. So, read on, as we show you the top 5 family friendly activities to do in New Mexico! Enjoy! 1. Russell’s Truck and Travel Center. As the first on our list, this is actually a free car museum from the Route 66 era. Apart from gorgeous vintage cars, trucks and all sorts of travel memorabilia, this truck and travel center even has a grocery store, a gift store a diner and even a chapel, for those of you wanting to get in a quick prayer before getting back on the 66. And as one of the better pit stops on Route 66, you’ll be able to get a bite to eat, stretch your legs and even get in a few […]

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What to Expect As a New Mexico River Adventures Guide!

January 13th, 2019

Has it been your lifelong dream to become a river rafting king or queen? Do you just love the thrill and excitement of riding amazing rapids every summer day? If you answered yes to any of those questions, than have you ever considered becoming a guide? Well, in this article, we’ll attempt to answer a few common questions and try to show you exactly what you can expect as a New Mexico River Adventures guide. “What are some things most People Don’t Understand About the Job?” To start off with this not-so-glamorous question; the stress and risks of this job are actually really big when you think about it. In this day and age, risk management is a much more serious thing than it was in the past. Things like cold water-induced shock, allergies, and even cardiac arrest are things you must take into account when you are in this job. For example: if one of your passengers, an elderly gentleman, is thrown out of the raft and starts to panic when he hits the cold water, you could definitely have a problem. “Do I really need a certification?” This is a really common question, and the short answer is […]

Top 5 White Water Rafting Trips in New Mexico

December 13th, 2018

When you are wanting to take a family vacation, not many people think of New Mexico. But, while most people think it is just a dry, cactus-filled state, it’s much more than that if you take a closer look. Now, today, we want to show you some of the best white water rafting trips that you probably didn’t know about until now that are right here in New Mexico. So, read on, get your rafts ready, and let’s take a look at the top 5 white water rafting trips in New Mexico. The Racecourse As one of the most popular trips in all of New Mexico, the Racecourse offers a wild, yet super fun Class III river adventure for you and your family. While it may be wild, it is surprisingly one of the best trips for first-time rafters. So, no matter if you are a veteran white water rafter, or you have never been on a raft ever, this is the perfect trip for you. The Taos Box The Taos Box is one of the more fast-paced and action packed river adventures you can find in New Mexico. There is absolutely no chance that you will not be soaked […]

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How to Choose Between the Taos Box & the Racecourse Run!

November 24th, 2018

While white water rafting is fun, rafting on the breathtaking rivers of New Mexico is even more so. However, if you’ve never gone white water rafting before, it’s time to educate yourself! Going on your first rafting trip can be hard and confusing, especially when there are so many adventures to choose from. That’s why, we want to show you how to choose between two of the most popular river adventures in New Mexico, the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run. So dive in, read on and learn how to choose your next New Mexico River Adventure! Enjoy! Which River Adventure is Best? For a lot of white water rafting beginners, knowing which trip is best can be hard. However, the truth of the matter is that there is no such thing as “best” when it comes to river adventures, because it honestly depends on you and what you are comfortable with doing.  Keep in mind, not all rivers are the same. Likewise, just because the river is calm one moment, doesn’t mean it will be calm for the rest of your ride. In a mere moment, those calm currents can easily turn into raging rapids without so much as […]

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Points of Interest in Taos, NM

June 11th, 2018

Taos, NM is just 20 miles up the road from our headquarters (so it’s a short drive after your river trip), with great food, fun activities, and unique things to see. FOOD   If you’re in the mood for delicious local cuisine, you’re in luck if you find yourself in Taos! La Cueva is a small, Pueblo-style eatery with patio, located on Paseo Del Pueblo Sur close to the Taos Plaza, offering traditional Mexican dishes.  The Guadalajara Grill is a local favorite with 2 locations in Taos, specializing in Mexican dishes and offering an extensive menu- including American, Latin, and Mexican cuisine, with steak, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. Lambert’s of Taos is a sophisticated, upscale setting for contemporary American food with a lounge and shaded patio, serving locally sourced dishes for lunch and dinner, as well as handcrafted cocktails and a wine list with over 100 options. Another local favorite is Old Martina’s Hall, a historic, adobe music hall, that serves a New Mexican menu and has an events calendar loaded with dance nights and music acts. No matter whether you’re looking for a posh dining experience, or an intimate, casual meal with friends, these 4/4.5 star-rated eateries will fill your belly […]

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5 Reasons Why Low-Water Boating on The Rio Grande is Rad

May 22nd, 2018

During rafting seasons with lower water flows, river outfitters tend to get a lot of questions about boating on low water. Many folks are under the assumption that rafting isn’t as fun when the water drops, or even possible at all! We’re here to tell you that not only is it possible to raft the Rio Grande during its minimal water levels, it’s a blast!   WARM WATER! -The water is so much warmer when it’s lower and moving slower. Higher cf/s (cubic feet per second) means that the water has only recently melted off the mountains, where it started as snow! Much of the water in the Rio Grande at lower levels comes from tributaries, monsoon run-off, and underground springs due to the geothermal activity in the Taos Plateau. There’s many fantastic swimming spots throughout the Orilla Verde and Racecourse sections of the Lower Rio Grande Gorge, and our guides know them all!     INTERESTING GEOLOGY -The rocks in the river are more exposed in lower water, showing off the beautiful erosion and “fluting” caused by the hundreds, thousands, or millions of years of moving water that the basalt, schist and quartzite have been subjected to in the […]

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Rock Climbing and Rappelling with NMRA

January 12th, 2018

Our popular rock climbing and rappelling adventure is back! Spend 3-4 hours exploring Dead Cholla Wall, an established climbing wall with over two-dozen climbing routes located just below the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge, and overlooking the Wild and Scenic Rio Grande. No matter what your age, ability, or fitness level, your guide can plan the perfect climbing route for you. Our professional, knowledgeable guides will provide all of the safety equipment you need, and top-notch instruction to find the perfect balance between challenge and fun, tailored to you. After a comprehensive orientation at the climbing site, your guide will get you started on your first route; and through professional instruction, help you establish and achieve your climbing and rappelling goals. Our guides are at the top of their game, and have introduced rock climbing in New Mexico to countless outdoor enthusiasts. We offer this trip in the mornings, meeting at 8 am at our headquarters located along the Rio Grande. Your guide will pack a snack to keep your belly from distracting you while you experience the high-desert beauty of the Rio Grande Gorge, so you can concentrate on making memories and finding your inner rock-climber! If you’d […]

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Things to do in Santa Fe with Kids

December 28th, 2017

New Mexico is a world-renowned destination for appreciating the arts, visiting cultural heritage sites and admiring the beauty of the high desert. This summer was the summer to discover that there is also a multitude of outdoor fun, interesting, and educational activities for families to enjoy in the Santa Fe, Taos, and Abiquiu areas. It’s amazing what you can find in your own state when you take the time to explore. With that in mind here are a few recommendations to play tourist and explore what Northern New Mexico has to offer for locals and visitors alike. The Nature Conservancy‘s Santa Fe Canyon Preserve and the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary is an easily accessible and scenic sanctuary for plants, animals and visitors that is worth visiting in all seasons. This 135-acre property at the top of Upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe is used as an educational, cultural and historical center. There are over 200 bird species that populate designated sites throughout the property. Visit the native plant and pollinator gardens where you can view native bee houses, or find your way to the wetland area home to an active beaver colony. The site is also a great […]

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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!