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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 a warning. So, it’s best to choose your adventure based on your experience level, your comfortability level and also, if you are bringing kids.

What is the Difference between the Taos Box & the Racecourse Run?
The names of each river adventure can be somewhat deceiving. So, the tip to knowing which is right for you, is by looking at their Class. Often times, while one portion of the river is Class II, which is perfect for beginners, if you go further downstream it may be a Class V, which is better suited for the more experienced white water rafters. That’s why you should always do your research first before going on a river adventure.

First, let’s go over the Taos Box. Located in a deep canyon, the Taos Box is considered one of the more dramatic river adventures. The reason for this is because it’s actually famous for its big Class IV rapids. Now, as a Class IV river adventure, this is one that you may want to sit out on if you are a beginner. While its rapids can be wild and exciting for some, if you’re just starting your river adventures, it may leave you feeling scared to go again. So, best to wait until you are more experienced.

Last is the Racecourse Run. As a Class III river adventure, the Racecourse Run is the perfect choice for first-time rafters and even for families. Running at about 5 miles long, this stretch of river gives you just as much excitement and fun as the Taos Box, but with less of the “wild” parts. So, if you are wanting an adventure that is still a little on the safe side, this is the perfect choice for you.

While both the Taos Box and the Racecourse Run are wild and exciting river adventures, the choice is ultimately, in your raft. With that, do your research, choose wisely and happy rafting!

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