Orilla Verde Kayaking
About the trip
This is the perfect trip for everyone in the entire family or those groups who just feel like having a lazy New Mexico river float in a kayak, raft or both. It also affords us time to practice paddling techniques, swimming and simply enjoying the Rio Grande. Toward the end of the trip we will float through the historic village of Pilar before continuing through some mellow class II rapids and on to our take-out. This trip meets at our Rio Grande Headquarters in the morning at 8:30 a.m. or in the afternoon at 12:30 p.m. and the entire experience takes about 3 hrs. You will park in the safe, secure parking lot at our Rio Grande Headquarters and your car will act as your locker while you are on the trip. Don't worry if you forgot your sunscreen, water shoes, hat or sunglasses. We have all of it and more for sale at very reasonable prices at our Headquarters.
- Gorgeous scenery for the whole family to enjoy
- Single and tandem kayaks available, get closer to the Rio!
- Mellow stretch of river suited for all ages in rafts or kayaks
- World class guides offering thorough information about the history and nature of the area
This trip meets at our private, Rio Grande Headquarters which is conveniently located 1 hour north of Santa Fe and 30 min. south of Taos. Our fully stocked Headquarters and Outfitters Shop is in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge right across the street from the river, less than 1 mile from the finishing point of the most popular trips and offers safe, secure parking in our private parking lot.
For directions to our Rio Grande Headquarters click here!
Do I need to know how to swim?
It is recommended but not mandatory that all our guests know how to swim. All guests are given Type V, US Coast Guard approved flotation devices (lifejackets) that are designed to float you on your back, nice and high in the water. For all our class 3 and above sections on the Rio Grande, you will also be issued a helmet.
What do I need to wear?
We have packing lists for you to review for each of our different trip types. Remember that the weather changes dramatically throughout the New Mexico rafting season. It can be significantly colder during March-May we encourage our guests to always be prepared.
What if it’s my first time, do I need experience?
There is no experience required for any of our river trips. However, we encourage experience for our more difficult, Taos Box and Razorblades trips. Please feel free to call us with any concerns or questions about appropriate trips for your group.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately, we cannot bring our furry friends on our river trips. We ask that you leave your pets at home before heading to our headquarters.
Can I leave my dog with you?
We do not have a secure area to keep your dog at our headquarters. Moreover, the temperatures get extremely hot during our season, because of this, you will NOT be able to leave your pets in your car. We ask that you leave your pets at home before heading to our headquarters.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We start at our headquarters where you’ll meet your New Mexico white water rafting guides for the day who will outfit you with all the gear necessary for river floating New Mexico. At the headquarters, you’ll find safe secure parking, clean restrooms, changing rooms, shaded picnic tables on our patio rooms and any last minute items you might have forgotten including sunscreen, water shoes, hats and much more. This is the perfect place to start your adventure. After the short drive to the starting point in our vans, your New Mexico river floating trip begins with a placid float through one of the most scenic parts of the canyon with great opportunities to see a variety of wildlife including mule deer, river otter, beaver and many different birds of prey. Float on your own and get closer to the Rio! Choose between tandem kayaks for couples or parents and kids or single kayaks for those 12 yrs old and up.
24 Hours On The Rio Grande, White Water Rafting