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Increase your adventure level and feel the river!  There are two distinct types of kayaking on rivers.  The first is inflatable kayaking which is great for everyone and requires no previous experience.  Only offered on certain trips and sometimes only at certain water levels (lower flows), this i sa great way to jump right into running was class 2-3 whitewater with yourself at the helm and in charge of your own destiny.

The second type of kayaking is called “hard shell” kayaking.  This is the traditional, plastic or fiberglass composite kayak with your legs inside the kayak and a neoprene closure keeping the water out.  This is a sport that requires lots of instruction, dedication and practice.  In this type of kayaking, you do not need previous experience, however, the courses we teach always begin for the first few days on flatwater, in calm pools or gradually introducing the students to class 1 and 2 whitewater.  We do have a full service whitewater kayak school and great instructors to teach you an amazing sport for you to eventually enjoy on your own for many years to come.

Want to be in charge of your own craft? Get up close and personal with the whitewater of the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. We offer the best Santa Fe and Taos inflatable kayaking trips available. Our inflatable kayaks or “duckies” are highly stable and maneuverable boats that allow even the experienced rafter the most excitement available on our selected inflatable kayaking trips.

Inflatable kayaking is for anyone, experienced or first-time river runners, to enjoy the most exciting and hands-on craft on the river. We offer inflatable Kayaks on all of our Rio Chama River Trips as well as selected Rio Grande River Trips. If you are interested in a single or tandem ducky for your 2 or 3 day trip on the Rio Chama, please let our reservationists know when you book the trip. You may also indicate it on your Guest Questionnaire from.

As for the Rio Grande, we always offer the choice of duckies on our Orilla Verde Half Day Trip and Middle Taos Box Inflatable Kayaking Trip. When water levels are at their lowest in the early spring and late summer, we also offer the choice of duckies for our Racecourse Half Day Trip and our Rio Grande Gorge Full Day Trip. When available, all inflatable kayaks are offered at No Extra Charge! All inflatable kayaks must be requested at the time of reservation and may not be available if requested upon arriving at our Headquarters or at the specific meeting location.

The Trips

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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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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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!