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Update On COVID & New Mexico Adventures

May 15th, 2020

Hello to you all from all of us at New Mexico River Adventures. We hope this update finds you all well and hanging in there as we continue to navigate these different times.  During the last couple of months that we have been unable to run commercial trips, we have been keeping busy making even more improvements around the headquarters.  We’ve reworked our confirmation emails, rebuilt lifejacket, and cooler racks, gone over all of our boats with a fine-toothed comb, and even planted a ton of sunflowers to bring some sunshiny happiness later in the season. After our Governor’s last update regarding the current restrictions, we are hopeful that we will be able to open in June, as long as she deems it safe to do so. While we do not have a definitive opening date right now, we are ready to go the second we get the word! Many of the New Mexico rafting outfitters have been working together and have submitted our COVID-safe practices that we will be following once open.  I can assure you that we will be going above and beyond to ensure all our guests and employees are kept safe while rafting with NMRA. We […]

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Top 3 Drivable Getaways & Staycations in New Mexico

April 28th, 2020

Now is the perfect time to begin planning a drivable getaway in New Mexico. Looking for the best drivable getaways and staycations in New Mexico? With travel plans constantly changing, one thing we can count on is adventures in our own backyard. When you’re ready, the perfect staycation is in reach with a limited commitment on your part.  We hope you’ll consider the following adventures when it’s time to explore New Mexico. Without further delay, here is our list of the 3 best drivable getaways and staycation destinations in New Mexico: Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument Santa Fe Taos Ski Valley 1. Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument After spending so much time over the last month or two at your house, treat yourself with some time in the great outdoors.  New Mexico has so many beautiful National Parks and National Monuments to immerse you in nature.  Head up to the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument and spend time in the heart of one of the most amazing Gorges in the West.  As you drive north from Espanola toward Taos, don’t forget to look to your right and take in the views of the jagged, snow-capped peaks of […]

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Best Family Whitewater Rafting Trips In New Mexico

March 30th, 2020

Let us lead your family into adventure and lifetime memories! New Mexico River Adventures is a family-run business that understands and values how important it is to expose children to new experiences while keeping your most precious cargo safe. The best and most popular time of year for any of these family whitewater rafting trips is during the summer break from school when the weather in the high desert is right around perfect every single day! Our impeccable safety record and highly trained guides speak for themselves, but let us fill you in on a few of the family-friendly trips we offer. We believe these are the three best family whitewater rafting trips in New Mexico! 1. Half-Day Orilla Verde The perfect family whitewater rafting trip in New Mexico that suits most ages is the half-day Orilla Verde, with the minimum age being 3. The launch point is in the lower section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument which offers gorgeous scenery and ample wildlife sightings. The calm stretch of river is punctuated with few very mild rapids to give the kiddos something to get excited for. As with all of our trips, we will stop midway down […]

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December 8th, 2014

It’s winter time here in New Mexico and the guides at NMRA are off to their off season adventures.  If you are heading back to this great state for a skiing vacation this winter, check out Travis and Brad ski patrolling at TSV along with Devin, Jenne and Wendy teaching kids to ski.  Sean is crafting fresh food and beer at a brewery in Taos as well as engineering new and amazing bikes as always and Garret is teaching in Santa Fe.  Check out Jamie’s artistic and functional pottery which she creates all winter and Neil just finished up a 23 day river trip through the Grand Canyon.  Chrisman is off to explore S. America and Sebastian, Luke and Jordan are all back in school.  Look forward to seeing the entire crew along with some new faces in 2015!


Year Around Boating in the United States

November 11th, 2013

For the longest time my life goal was to find the perfect place here in the U.S. to call home that offers the greatest rafting and kayaking all year around.  My search has taken me to a lot of beautiful parts of the country and as I’ve grown older, my criteria has become much more detailed, making my search never ending.  After living, boating and working on rivers all across the country, I finally learned the most important lesson that would help in my search for “home”.  The lesson was that no place is perfect!  Whether its work, cost of living, culture or some other limiting factor, the search for the perfect place will be never ending because it simply doesn’t exist.  However, there is a bright side, there are a myriad of near perfect places in this country to choose from and I couldn’t be happier with our choice of beautiful Northern New Mexico. I know that some people might think of New Mexico as dry desert with nothing but cactus and casinos.  Those people have never been to this amazing place and furthermore have never experienced the incredible river running opportunities on the Rio Grande at all different […]

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How Safe is Whitewater Rafting?

October 21st, 2013

No matter what trip you are running with New Mexico River Adventures, safety for all of our guests and guides is paramount. We give a thorough safety orientation at the beginning of each New Mexico rafting trip that is specific to the stretch of river that you are running detailing all scenarios that may come up during the day. The office staff does our very best to match the best trip for each guest over the phone, and we are very flexible should a group want to change their mind if they feel the trip is over the heads of some participants. Our goal is to expose as many people as possible to rivers and wilderness as we can in the safest manner possible. Just ask one of our friendly reservation staff upon booking about which whitewater rafting, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding trip is best for you and your group.  If you have specific concerns, present or prior medical conditions or just general apprehension, let us know and we can address any concerns you may have and make sure to pair you with the greatest and safest whitewater river adventure available. Often times we are asked if it […]

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Low Water is Still Good Water!

June 23rd, 2013

Wouldn’t be wonderful if we could only design our weather and water to fit our needs each and every year.  Unfortunately we cannot and with these uncertain climates, we enjoy everything that Mother Nature produces.  Whether its low water, high water, windy, raining, snowing or bright and sunny, the river is always a great place to be.  In the early spring, we offer wetsuits, splash jackets and warm layers for our clients to use at no extra charge.  During the monsoon season, don’t worry if you forgot your rain jacket for the afternoon storm because we have you covered!  Some years we have high river flows, some years we have low river flows, regardless of the season, we are lucky enough to be permitted on such a large variety of sections of the Rio Grande and Rio Chama that there is always a great option for you to have a great time whitewater rafting with New Mexico River Adventures! Lately, the press seems to enjoy highlighting the fact that this 2013 season will be a disastrous drought and the a bad river season for whitewater rafting.  Conversely, if this were a huge water season, you can guarantee that the press […]

Ready For Taos Box Rafting?

May 21st, 2013

After finishing up the first week of rafting season, many rafting companies are trying to sort out how busy this year is going to be. As guests seek to find the best possible rafting option for them, they are looking at Taos Box rafting trips, one of the world’s most popular whitewater rafting destinations. Taos Box is a canyon that flows through the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge at 800 feet deep. This gorge is one of the best to be found in New Mexico. Many recreational areas provide hiking, biking, sightseeing, and rafting along the gorge. Taos Box is one of the two main sections for rafting, the other being the Racecourse Run. Taos Box rafting is famous for its giant rapids that provide an intense experience for skilled rafters. The river is calm at the beginning with the rapids increasing and becoming more intense at the end. This section is rated as a Class IV, with different sections packed in with fast paced water rides that are going to soak everybody involved. This rafting is typically a full day length of rafting, with a stop in between to take a break. It is in the heart of […]