About the Trip
This Rio Grande 2 day rafting is a great option for those looking for a bit more river and camp time than our 24 Hours on the Rio Grande trip.
- Class 3 whitewater on the most popular section of the Rio Grande
- Comfortable developed campground in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument
- Raft the first day and kayak the second day
- Four delicious meals prepared by your guides
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.
What to Expect
The first day we will meet at our Rio Grande Headquarters where we will load your overnight in our vehicles to be transported and waiting for you at camp. We then head to the river to raft the famous Rio Grande Gorge section.
A nice scenic float this morning through the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and the historic village of Pilar. Somewhere in this stretch, we’ll stop on the side of the river for a nice lunch put together by your guides. After lunch, we head downstream and finish to the trip through the famous whitewater of the Racecourse section of the Rio Grande. The Lower Gorge of the Rio Grande is a broad canyon with lush riparian habitat along the banks of the Rio. As we enter the “Racecourse” section the geology radically changes as we pass onto the Rio Grande fault line, one of the largest intercontinental fault lines in North America.
Tonight’s camp is in the depths of the canyon in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge under the stars of the New Mexico skies. Sit back in one of our camp chairs and take in the sunset as the colors of the canyon walls change right before your eyes. Enjoy a cold drink as the guides pass around appetizers and prepare a gorgeous dinner and dessert. There will be ample photo and hiking opportunities directly from camp.
In the morning you’ll wake up to a hot cup of coffee and a beautiful breakfast before loading up our gear and continuing downstream. Today we plan on repeating the same section of river while increasing the adventure level. You will be in charge of your own destiny today in our state of the art inflatable kayaks. After detailed instruction on paddling and maneuvering, we will set off to tackle the class 2-3 rapids of the Racecourse waiting downstream.
Our guides are the best in the business, focusing on safety and guest service as a top priority. All are extremely knowledgeable about the area’s geology, ecology and history and just love being on the river. Many with experience on rivers all over the country and across the globe, I know you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do and will certainly help to make your day on the river the best possible.
Minimum age for the Rio Grande Gorge 2-Day is 5 and a parent or guardian must be present. The minimum party size is 4.
The Rio Grande 2 day rafting trips are water level dependent and usually are best run in May and June.
Please call, 505-983-7756 for available dates and river conditions.