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Rafting

New Mexico River Adventures offers River Rafting, Kayaking, and Canoeing all over New Mexico. You can choose from our short single-day excursions, multiday adventures, or customize your own trip! New Mexico River Adventures specializes in Outdoor Adventures including Whitewater River Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking, Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Camping, Outfitting and Peak Climbing in the New Mexico area and around the world.

We are recognized within the Santa Fe rafting and Taos rafting community as being the swiftwater safety specialists and in fact provide the area’s river rescue and whitewater guide training. And, we are also known for having fun, highly-trained guides.

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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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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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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Beers and Cheers on the Chama with Upslope Brewing Co.

New Mexico River Adventures is thrilled to have Upslope Brewing Company join us for our annual River and Brews trip down the Rio Chama!  Join us for this 3-day adventure with our friends from Upslope Brewing Co., one of the Southwest’s finest breweries. The fine folks at Upslope will be with us for this 3-day journey and help to transform your riverside campsite into one of the finest taprooms in the world.  This is one of our most popular trips and New Mexico River Adventures is the first company to offer such a fun and unique experience.  Don't hesitate, grab some friends and sign up for one of the most memorable adventures of the entire season.  Beer and River Lovers Unite!

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Destination New Mexico

We begin your destination trip in New Mexico! Your trip leader will meet you this morning at 9 a.m. at your hotel. After a brief orientation, its time to start our week of history, culture and adventure with a walking tour of historic Santa Fe. Our local Santa Fe guides will provide you with a unique glimpse into the rich history of this beautiful city. After lunch in one of the many acclaimed restaurants in Santa Fe, it's time to travel the short distance to nearby Chimayo. On the way we will stop to visit El Santuario de Chimayo. This is quite possibly the most significant shrine in New Mexico built between 1814 and 1816, it is well known to believers who travel from afar to seek cures for their ailments. Don't forget your cameras here, as we will finish up our visit and head to our quaint bed and breakfast for the evening. Directly across the street is the famous Rancho de Chimayo restaurant where we will enjoy some of New Mexico's finest cuisine tonight in another historic adobe setting.

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Rio Chama Gourmet Wine Pairing with Chef Rocky Durham and Vivac Winery

Our Original Specialty Trip and longest running.  This trip has been life changing for some and always the thrill of the season for most guides.  Our good friends at Vivac Winery and the very funny and talented Chef Rocky Durham combine their talents to provide and amazing trip in one of the Southwest's most pristine and beautiful canyons.  Each night we will experience a gourmet 4-course meal prepared by Celebrity Chef Rocky Durham of Santa Fe. The dinners will be paired with the award winning wines of Vivac Winery, New Mexico's most acclaimed vintner.  This trip usually has a waiting list so please don't wait to reserve your spot for this years trip.

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Rio Chama Music Trip with The Hoth Brothers!

New Mexico River Adventures extremely lucky to have the internationally renowned Hoth Brothers join us for an amazing 3 day journey through the Rio Chama wilderness. We will travel downstream through the majestic canyons of the Rio Chama in the craft of your choice, raft, kayak or stand up paddleboard enjoying the amazing scenery and fun class 2-3 rapids. 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'Keefe and Ansel Adams. The mellow whitewater here affords ample opportunity to take in all of the colors and beauty of the famous canyon. Red, yellow and purple color bands are painted across the desert as the river flows past towering sandstone cliffs. Stopping each day along the way to explore the many interesting side canyons, peaks and trails throughout this special river trip. Each afternoon at camp, enjoy a cold drink as the guides pass around appetizers and prepare a gorgeous dinner and dessert. Afterward, you'll sit back and enjoy incredible music of The Hoth Brothers with towering pines and sandstone walls as the stage.

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Rivers and Brews on the Chama with Bosque Brewing Company

New Mexico River Adventures is thrilled to have Bosque Brewing Company join us for our annual River and Brews trip down the Rio Chama!  Join us for this 3-day adventure with our friends from Bosque Brewing Co., one of New Mexico’s finest breweries. The fine folks at Bosque will be with us for this 3-day journey and help to transform your riverside campsite into one of the finest taprooms in the world.  This is one of our most popular trips and New Mexico River Adventures is the first company to offer such a fun and unique experience.  Don't hesitate, grab some friends and sign up for one of the most memorable adventures of the entire season.  Beer and River Lovers Unite!

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Rio Chama Wellness 3 Day

New Mexico River Adventures latest trip is a gorgeous 3-day wellness retreat including pristine wilderness, yoga, top-tier food, and scenic views on the Rio Chama.

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A Cultural History Of The Rio Chama With Dr. Tim Maxwell

Join Us and our good friends at Southwest Seminars for 3-days and 2-nights rafting the Rio Chama led by Dr. Tim Maxwell as we learn about the native history of the river and its valleys that served as a natural corridor from north to south for millennia.  Dr. Maxwell will share knowledge of the native peoples, history, and the agricultural field systems of the Rio Chama. He is Director Emeritus, New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies and conducted extensive mapping of Chama River cultural sites and the agricultural field systems of the Rio Chama.   The trip will take us through the 33 mile Wild and Scenic Rio Chama Canyon with our world class guides taking care of every detail of this amazing adventure.