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Overnight Rafting Trips

Top 3 Overnight Rafting Trips

August 20th, 2020

Whether you have experienced day river trips or are a total first-timer, the perfect overnight rafting trips await you in New Mexico. Overnight rafting trips are a great way to take it up a level and find time in the wilderness with family and friends, new and old. Northern New Mexico is known for its scenic beauty. Our river canyons are complemented by scenic vistas, colorful canyon walls, various wildlife, and cultural treasures. Are you new to whitewater rafting or aren’t sure which trip is right for you? Don’t worry, there is an overnight trip for any level of adventurer. NMRA makes this experience a breeze as we provide all your boating and camp equipment.

Here are the top 3 overnight rafting trips available to you in New Mexico!

  1. Rio Chama – 3 Day Rafting Trip
  2. Taos Box Overnight Whitewater Rafting Trip
  3. 24 Hours On The Rio Grande


1)     Rio Chama – 3 Day Rafting Trip

Rio Chama Overnight Rafting

Welcome to the Rio Chama, a Wild and Scenic River. The Rio Chama is a major tributary of the Rio Grande. Flowing through the Chama River Wilderness you are treated to a scenic wilderness adventure. The Rio Chama River Valley is credited to be a source of inspiration for Georgia O’Keeffe and her New Mexico Landscape paintings.

NMRA offers a variety of trips along the Rio Chama. We first think of family-friendly float adventures, where kayaks and SUPs are an added level of fun. For those looking for elevated dining, while relaxing riverside we offer food-focused trips, such as our Gourmet Series. All meals are provided starting with lunch on day one and ending with lunch on day three.

If you want to experience the wild scenic beauty of the Rio Chama, but can’t commit to the full 3-Day Itinerary, we offer a Rio Chama 2-Day trip. Longer River miles each day, but with all the beauty. Check out our YouTube video.

2)    Taos Box Overnight Whitewater Rafting Trip

Taos Box Overnight Rafting Trips

This is NMRA’s premier overnight rafting trip in the Rio Grande Gorge. The Rio Grande rises high in the mountains. This trip features high rising canyon walls, that provide a glimpse into pristine wildlife viewing. Keep your eyes out for Big Horn Sheep, and otter.

Flowing through the Lower Taos Box and Lower Gorge you are in for 30 miles of action over two days. Please reference age restrictions if considering this adventure. This trip will take you from calm scenic waters to heart-pumping rapids! There is nothing better than sitting back after an adrenaline-filled day, and taking in the New Mexico stars as our guides prepare dinner and dessert.

3)    24 Hours on The Rio Grande

Rio Grande Overnight Rafting

Time crunch? We get it! This is a custom trip designed for someone looking to get maximum exposure to the beautiful Rio Grande Gorge, with a timeline in mind. We meet at our HQ at 2 pm on Day One and will have you back by 2 pm on Day Two.

This trip starts along our Orilla Verde section. In the heart of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. The Orilla Verde draws many species of animals and diverse plant life. There is lots of scenic beauty to take in as you head to camp in time for a classic New Mexico sunset and a star-filled sky. Day two brings all the action as you set-out on the Racecourse. A classic whitewater experience. There is a lunch stop as you wind through rapids suited for first-timers and experienced rafters alike. Please check Inflatable Kayak availability and minimum age levels on this trip, as it can fluctuate with water levels.


For all your wet and wild adventures in New Mexico, please consider joining New Mexico River Adventures. Our family-owned and operated business places a strong emphasis on customer safety and satisfaction.  The river is our playground and every day is a new adventure. Won’t you join us? Book your New Mexico whitewater rafting trip online today!

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