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Top 5 New Mexico Adventures

May 20th, 2020

New Mexico is known as the “Land of Enchantment” and with good reason! No matter the kind of adventure you are looking for, there is sure to be somewhere in this beautiful state that will provide the unforgettable experience you’re looking for. From the adrenaline-packed white water rapids, to the breathtaking and peaceful desert sunsets, there is very little that New Mexico doesn’t offer! To help you narrow down the overwhelming amount of experiences available, we have created a list of the top five New Mexico adventures! White Water Rafting The Rio Grande Chaco Culture National Historic Park White Sands National Park Wheeler Peak Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness   White Water Rafting The Rio Grande Starting from the San Juan mountain range in Colorado, and journeying 1,900 miles to the Gulf of Mexico, we are lucky enough to have a piece of the Rio Grande in our backyard! Some of the best rafting experiences on the Rio Grande are located in the northeastern part of the state near Taos. The Rio Grande offers many adventures that everyone could enjoy! You can take a full-day trip down the adrenaline pumping 17-mile section of the Rio known as the Taos Box, offering a plethora […]

Summer Bucket List Adventures Out West

July 2nd, 2015

Rafting rapids, hiking mountains, trekking out to the wilderness — these adventures are what bucket lists are made of. If you’ve decided this summer is the time to check some items off your list of life goals, you should start making travel plans to visit two of the best western US destinations for outdoor excitement: New Mexico and Colorado. New Mexico When you go rafting in New Mexico, you also get access to world-class kayaking, canoeing, camping, backpacking, hiking, peak climbing and mountain biking. There’s an adventure for every age and experience level, so don’t hesitate to bring the whole family along. If you’re looking for a truly special outdoor getaway, you should consider custom rafting trips in New Mexico. New Mexico River Adventures is always dreaming up new ways to make river trips even more memorable for our guests. In the past, specialty trips have included gourment meals, wine and beer tastings, live music, yoga retreats, and more! Colorado If rafting world-class rapids is on your bucket list, you also should consider a Colorado rafting trip this summer. The Colorado and the Arkansas are two of busiest rafting rivers for a reason: they are home to incredible rapids and […]

Need Family Summer Vacation Ideas? Try New Mexico Family Rafting

April 30th, 2015

Where should you take your family this summer? Choosing a destination for a summer vacation can be hard, especially if the budget is tight and mom, dad, and the kids can’t agree on what would be the most fun. Here are some great options to consider as you try to get everyone on the same page for your 2015 family summer vacation plans. Enjoying the Great Outdoors You can’t go wrong with an outdoor vacation. Teaching children to enjoy the wonders of nature is a valuable life lesson, and it’s ensures that they are active and engaged throughout their summer trip. Head out to the mountains for a hike, find an interesting campground, or try some white water rafting. These are all great outdoor experiences for the entire family, young and old. A couple of great outdoor spots to check out include Yellowstone National Park, Saguaro National Park, Black Hills of South Dakota or the Great Smoky Mountains. Try New Mexico family rafting if you are looking for memorable experiences on the water. Taking a Trip Out of North America This may seem a bit expensive, but you don’t really have to go too far to get out of the […]

Icicle Creek Trail River Loop

Exciting things to do in Leavenworth, Washington

April 6th, 2015

Known best for its Bavarian theme, Leavenworth Washington is also a hidden gem for outdoor recreation. Here is a short list of fun and exciting things to do in Leavenworth. Rock Climbing With countless world class climbing routes it’s no wonder climbers all across the world plan destination trips to get the chance to get on the rock here in Leavenworth. You will find incredible routes varying in difficulty just minutes from downtown. Some popular climbing spots include Icicle Canyon, Tumwater Canyon, and Peshastin Pinnacles. Mountain Biking Do you plan on bringing your bike along? Leavenworth has you covered there too. Make sure to consider checking out the following trails when you plan your next visit. Leavenworth Ski Hill, Freund Canyon, Xanadu trail and Devil’s Gulch. Whitewater Rafting The Summer months bring warm temperatures to the area. What better way is there to cool off then rafting on the river? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try downriver stand up paddling or a whitewater kayak instruction course? Either way, Wildwater River Guides can get you out on the river. Join the experience today. Wineries & Breweries Is outdoor recreation not really your thing? Or maybe you are just looking for a […]

How a Whitewater Rafting Trip Can Help You Raise Strong, Self-Sufficient Daughters

December 10th, 2014

Raising teenagers is extremely difficult. Plain and simple. And what parent isn’t on the lookout for ways to teach their kids—especially daughters—how to be strong and self-sufficient human beings? You should definitely consider taking a whitewater rafting trip. A river trip can teach your daughter the meaning of strength Leave it to a rafting expedition to show your girls they are stronger than they think. They have the physical and mental strength to manage any difficult situation. And more importantly, on the river, they will have protection from a guide, but they also are expected to make smart decisions and watch out for themselves. A river trip can teach your daughters to ask for help Sometimes, all we need is an outsider’s viewpoint and support. This perspective can be just the thing we require to look at other alternatives and feel unstuck. A river trip can teach your daughters to remain calm in difficult situations New obstacles are always popping up. But no matter how bad it may feel, it is never the end of the world. So when you are in a difficult situation, it makes no sense to come unglued and lose your cool. Rather, take several deep […]


Another Great River in the Southwest

May 19th, 2013

There aren’t a tremendous amount of whitewater river expeditions available in the U.S in March.  Most people are still thinking about skiing and the snow is falling throughout most of the Southwestern U.S.  In New Mexico, we are starting to gear up for our season starting in April and here at New Mexico River Adventures, we are also packing for our annual Upper Salt River Canyon rafting trip in East, central Arizona. Upper Salt River Canyon rafting is an amazing journey through one of the most pristine canyons in the Sonoran Desert.  Starting half way between the towns of Globe and Show Low and ending at the Hwy 288 bridge crossing the river 56 miles downstream, this river is truly a classic. Starting out with a steady stream of class 3 rapids and slowly working its way through three geologically distinct canyons offering a variety of class 2-3 rapids with four major class 4 rapids defining some of the most remote portions of the trip. As you float downstream and drop in elevation the kings of the Sonoran Desert, the Saguaro Cactus, majestically look down upon the unsuspecting river explorers from the high canyon walls.  These cacti are truly amazing […]

The Rafting Classification System

April 5th, 2013

Whitewater rafting involves a lot of stamina and knowledge of how a river flows. Rivers can vary between difficulties, so when planning a rafting trip it’s important to know what level of difficulty you’re going to be experiencing. There is a rapid classification system used to compare river difficulty that is arranged into six classes. The system is not exact as rivers don’t always fit easily into one category and a rafter’s experience and knowledge of a river might classify it as a different level of class, but it’s a good starting point for knowing what to expect from a river. Class I is fast moving water with small waves. Little training is required and there is little risk to swimmers. This level of rapids is perfect for floating down the river in a tube. Class II involves wide, clear channels that are easy to maneuver. Assistance is rarely needed, although those with little to no experience in rafting might benefit from assistance in paddling and maneuvering to learn the proper way to raft. Class III has moderate, irregular waves that can be difficult to avoid. This level requires complex maneuvers involving fast currents and good raft control in tight […]

Relaxing above Sipia Falls

International River Trips: Rio Cotahuasi

February 18th, 2013

At New Mexico River Adventures and Global Descents, we are constantly looking toward incredible river experiences.  Whether it be rafting the Rio Grande or traveling to southern Peru to descend the deepest canyon in the world.  Our goal is to spend as much time on the river as possible and have a great time doing it! This is yet another amazing whitewater journey that we offer, which takes you through the Ancient Incan World. At over twice the depth of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Cotahuasi is the deepest canyon in the world! Measuring 11,587 feet from river to rim, this scarcely-explored Peruvian wilderness remains one of the most pristine environments on Earth. The Cotahuasi River Canyon features a rare glimpse into the Incan world; a geologic, floral, and fauna paradise; and a river-runner’s dream! Draining the western slope of the Andes Mountains, the waterway courses 100 miles over a continuous series of Class IV and V drops, making it one of the most gripping stretches of commercially run whitewater anywhere. Visitors to the Cotahuasi encounter some the rarest and the most extraordinary Incan archeological sites, visit a quaint Peruvian village replete with natural hot springs, spot enormous Andean Condors, and […]