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Top 5 Myths About Whitewater River Rafting!

March 15th, 2019

When you think of river rafting, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Adrenaline junkies, drowning, boring guides, or even the fact that every river is the same. These are just some of the “myths” we intend to cover in this article. Because while most people are aware of the myths surrounding river rafting, they somehow miss the truth, which, we all know is super important in order to properly enjoy your new river adventure. So, with that, read on and allow us to bring to light these myths. Myth 1: It’s only for “Adventurers” or “adrenaline junkies.” I’m sure you’ve seen those crazy videos, or pictures, of people sliding off waterfalls into the water below, or other crazy stunts. But, here’s the thing; not all river rafters are as crazy as the people in the videos you see. Some rafters like to take things slow and easy. Which is why there are trips like the “Gourmet Wine Pairing” trip, which is slow and steady, like sipping a glass of full-bodied red wine. Myth 2: You need to be a good swimmer. Of course, knowing how to swim is a plus when you are going down the rapids […]

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Why is Whitewater Rafting So Fun?

March 13th, 2019

Do you remember the last time you went camping, hiking, or mountain biking? Remember getting that feeling of excitement thinking “oh wow, this is super fun, I should get outdoors more often?” It’s true. Getting out of the office, out of the house, and back outdoors, out in nature, is addicting. It’s like a drug, but the good kind. Well, whitewater rafting is the same. It’s addicting. the wild rapids, the unexpected twists and turns, the screams of excitement. It’s thrilling! So, today, we are going to try and answer the age old question, “why is whitewater rafting so fun?” You ready for another adventure? Read on! It’s a Unique Experience. In life, and all around the world, there are thousands of unique opportunities to have fun. Traveling to another country, cliff diving, eating foreign cuisine, and many others. For whitewater rafting, it is the same. While it is not as popular as going to the beach or visiting a theme park, it still has a cult following, making it one of the most unique experiences you could try. Spending Quality Time with Loved Ones. We all know how busy life can get. And because of this, it’s always hard […]

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Top 5 Health Benefits of White Water River Rafting!

March 11th, 2019

Most people know how much fun White water rafting can be, but, truth be told, that’s not the only great thing about it. There are actually studies on river rafting, and on activities in the outdoors, which show that not only are these things fun, there are thousands of health benefits as well. Today, we want to share with you, what we think, are the top 5 of those health benefits. Enjoy! The thrill of adventure!(a.k.a adrenaline rush) Of course, we have to start with the most obvious health benefit. Which is providing you with an adrenaline rush. Going through each turn of the river and battling through every rapid boosts your adrenaline. And this is needed to enjoy a more healthy, long life. Which is why, the thrill of the adventure, or adrenaline rush, is the first health benefit on our list. The Outdoors & Fresh Air = Reduced Stress. When people are getting tired of their jobs or just tired in general, one way they can reduce their stress is by going outdoors. Now, studies show that being outdoors in fresh air, and not cooped up in your office, is far more beneficial to your mental health and […]

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7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List By Visiting New Mexico

February 25th, 2019

7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List By Visiting New Mexico    New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the United States, and its diverse geography and climate mean that it’s a great place to tick some items off your bucket list. Rose coloured deserts, broken mesas, and snow-capped peaks which brush against the sky mean it’s a great place for adventure. The foothills off the Rocky Mountains start here, meaning that it’s possible to ski and rock climb. Although there’s not a lot of surface water in New Mexico, it’s home to the 4th longest river, the Rio Grande, perfect for kayaking and rafting. So, let’s look at the top 7 activities to strike off your bucket list in the Land of Enchantment.   Become one with nature by horseback riding  The perfect family activity – horseback riding is easy, relaxing, and the kids will love it. There are a number of beautiful trails across the state perfect for taking horses, including Angel Fire, the heart of the Red River, the Enchanted Circle, and Carson National Forest. Riding in Carson National Forest will give you a great opportunity to see the wildlife that calls New Mexico home, […]

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Top Things You Never Knew About the Rio Grande!

February 16th, 2019

Out of all the rivers in the United States, the Rio Grande is one of the longest and most well-known of them all. And while most people now its name, where it runs and even the English Translation of it(it’s Big River), there are actually quite a few things they don’t know. So, today, in an effort to educate and help you gain more brownie points with your river rafting buddies, we will be sharing with you the top things you never knew about the Rio Grande! So, keep reading and don’t forget to share! “Wait, it’s not called Rio Grande?” Well, technically it’s the Rio Grande here in the United States, but just across the border in Mexico, it’s called the Rio Bravo. And Rio Bravo literally means “the furious river.” Sounds about right, since some of the Rio Grande stretch has a lot Class IV and even Class V rapids. So, if you’re over the border and want to do a bit of whitewater river rafting, just ask “donde esta el rio bravo?.” Sorry, that’s it for my Spanish lesson. “How many fish species live in the Rio Grande?” Actually, the Rio Grande is one of the most important regions […]

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Legendary Forest Fenn Treasure & River Rafting!

February 15th, 2019

Forest Fenn Treasure and how learning to river raft will help you in your search In this world, there are many selfless people. Sometimes, we are touched by the good deeds that they do, and other times, we are able to interact with them. For the most part, these deeds go unseen and gone without any recognition. For an 80+ year old Forrest Fenn, however, his one good deed has been seen by, and criticized by, millions of people. Today, we will be taking a look at his deed, dubbed the “Forrest Fen Treasure” and likewise how learning to river raft will help you in your search. Ready? Set! Go! When, why and for whom? In 1988, Forrest Fenn, a self-taught millionaire archaeologist native to Santa Fe, New Mexico, was diagnosed with cancer. At the time, Forrest filled a small chest with over 40 pounds of emeralds, rubies, gold coins and diamonds, and decided to take it to the mountains to die. But, remarkably, he completely beat cancer and ended up leaving the chest in a walk-in vault in his home. However, in 2010, with the end of the Great Recession, he decided to hide it and launch the hunt, […]

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Top 5 NMRA Trips for 2019

February 14th, 2019

With summer fast approaching, the time to choose your 2019 river rafting trip is now. One thing to note is that the snowpack is looking outstanding and it’s sure to provide New Mexico with a spectacular 2019 rafting season.  Because of this, we have compiled a list of our top 5 NMRA trips for 2019.  So, with that, read on to find your ideal summer vacation rafting trip. Enjoy! 1. Rivers and Brews with Bosque Brewery. To start off, we obviously have to go with our most popular trip. The Bosque Brewery trip. Not only is this an NMRA team favorite, it’s a favorite of most of our guests. When things are getting hot and sweaty down on the Rio Grande, it’s always nice to have an innovative and delicious ice cold Bosque Brewery beer ready to quench your thirst. You get the best of both worlds, the river and beer. What more could you ask for? 2. The Taos Box. With the whitewater looking to be the most advanced we’ve seen for a while, the Taos Box is a perfect NMRA summer vacation if you are an experience whitewater river rafter. With the wind blowing through your hair and the spray of the […]

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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 […]