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Do you find yourself dreaming about waves hitting you in the face as you paddle down a challenging river through a beautiful canyon? We do and it shows in our passion for whitewater kayaking in New Mexico. Whitewater Kayaking is one the most exciting and rewarding activities that the outdoors has to offer, and New Mexico River Adventures’ certified instructors are ready and willing to share their love and knowledge of the sport with you and your family.

Located in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge, we have a variety of perfect rivers on which to teach within a short drive of our headquarters. As well, we travel to the Wild and Scenic Rio Chama for an unsurpassed multiple day instructional clinic in a remote canyon of exceptional beauty. At New Mexico River Adventures, we recognize that not all of our students learn the same way and at the same pace. For that reason, our world-class instructors utilize a variety of different techniques to insure the greatest opportunity for success. Just because you’re in a group, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a group teaching. Our instructors will make you feel like you’re an individual and address each individual’s skill progression whether you’re in a group or private lesson.

This is especially evident through our low student to instructor ratio in all our courses. All of our courses meet at our whitewater headquarters in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge. With a wide variety of sections, the Rio Grande is the perfect venue for any and all styles and skill levels of kayaking in New Mexico. Oh and did we mention warm water? Yes, in the later summer months the combination of water levels and warm water temperatures make the Rio Grande the perfect river to learn to kayak. Please join us in one of our many kayaking clinics and courses and experience the wonderful world of whitewater kayaking in New Mexico.

 

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Rio Chama 3 Day

This is the signature multi-day rafting trip in New Mexico. Due to regularly scheduled releases from El Vado Resevior, we are able to enjoy this incredible canyon and three day rafting trip, most weeks from April through August. We raft 33 mile section of river outside of the the alpine town of Tierra Amarilla, NM. The trip consists of a float through the stunning and colorful sandstone and limestone walls of this amazing canyon and finishing up near the renowned artist village of Abiquiu. The upper reaches of the river are well known for gorgeous pine trees lining the banks of the river and spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this area and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.

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Rio Chama 2 Day Rafting Trip

Bring the entire family and join us on the Rio Chama for the most scenic multiple day river trip in New Mexico. We begin the 21 mile river trip outside of the the alpine town of Chama, NM and float down into a stunning and colorful sandstone and limestone canyon finishing up near the renouned artist village of Abiquiu. The upper reaches of the river are well known for gorgeous pine trees lining the banks of the river and spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this area and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. Red, yellow and purple color bands are painted across the desert as the river flows past towering sandstone cliffs. This stretch of river hides many treasures within the high reaching walls like hot springs, homesteads, ancient Indian ruins, and dinosaur tracks perfectly preserved in Jurassic era mud to name a few.

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Middle Taos Box Inflatable Kayaking Trip

This trip is a rare scenic float through one of the most remote, pristine and little traveled sections of the Rio Grande. Only accessible by the 1 mile long hike down a beautiful trail in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. The kayaks and gear are packed down by the group in lightweight backpacks to our put-in at the confluence with the Rio Grande and the Red River. The whitewater on this section is calm with one class III rapid.

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Orilla Verde Half Day Float

This is the perfect trip for everyone in the entire family or those who just feel like a lazy float down the river. The Orilla Verde section meanders through a beautiful section of the canyon offering incredible bird watching opportunities as well as regular sightings of river otters playing along the river bank.

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Rio Chama Full Day

The Rio Chama has a wonderful single day section as the river emerges from the canyon. This wide valley has spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this areas and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. The Rio Chama has a few moderate Class II and III rapids so is perfect for all ages and abilities. Day trips can be run in oar boats, paddle boats, and inflatable kayaks. Minimum age for this trip is 5 and we meet at Bode's General store at 9 a.m.

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Rio Chama 3 Day Whitewater Kayak Instruction

During this 3 day New Mexico Kayaking adventure, you’re able to take the time to get a full introduction to all the basics of the sport and leave with the confidence and knowledge to pursue kayaking as your new life long passion.

2 Day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Instruction

If you want a true introduction the sport of kayaking, this is absolutely your best option. With our 2 New Mexico kayaking day clinic, you're able to take the time to get a full introduction to all the basics of the sport and leave with the confidence and knowledge to pursue kayaking as your new life long passion. Contact us today to learn more: 1-800-983-7756.

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Private or Custom Whitewater Kayak Instruction

If you are looking for one-on-one instruction to the sport of New Mexico whitewater kayaking, or want to work on specific skills at any level, our Private/Custom Whitewater Kayak Instruction is for you!  You will receive individual attention with expert guidance from our staff.  Sign up today!

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Rio Grande Gorge 2-Day

The Lower Gorge of the Rio Grande is a broad canyon with lush riparian habitat along the banks of the Rio. A fantastic two day adventure for families, first time rafters and groups. This trip covers it all with one day of rafting and one day of kayaking through the beautiful Rio Grande Gorge section of the Rio Grande.  This is a great overnight option at lower water levels and can be enjoyed by the entire family!

ACA L1-4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop

This five-day course is designed for competent whitewater kayakers who want to become instructors. During this course Instructor, candidates will learn industry standards for teaching kayaking and be assessed throughout the class on Teaching Ability, Technical Ability, Technical Knowledge, and Rescue Ability.

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