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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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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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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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Guided Fly Fishing Trip from Santa Fe – Full Day

The professional guides of New Mexico River Adventures and our partners at High Desert Angler know the waters around Santa Fe like few others.  Not only do they take you to where the fish are but are expert in helping you catch them. We can teach first timers of all ages in the basics and guide them to success.  Seasoned anglers have the opportunity to fine tune skills and increase their knowledge.  We have the finest and most professional guides in the region and you can be assured a great experience every time you fish with us.

Guided Fly Fishing from Red River-Half Day

NMRA proudly offers walk and wade fly-fishing adventures in and around the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman looking for new water or new techniques to improve your game, or if you are needing a fishing buddy, or if you have never held a fly rod, we have you covered. We offer both full and half day trips throughout the area.  Our local waters vary from high alpine, hike access cutthroat lakes, to road accessed wade rivers – and everything in between!  We customize each trip based on the experience you desire, current area fishing conditions, size of group and experience level.

Guided Fly Fishing Trip from Santa Fe – Half Day

The professional guides of New Mexico River Adventures and our partners at High Desert Angler know the waters around Santa Fe like few others.  Not only do they take you to where the fish are but are expert in helping you catch them. We can teach first timers of all ages in the basics and guide them to success.  Seasoned anglers have the opportunity to fine tune skills and increase their knowledge.  We have the finest and most professional guides in the region and you can be assured a great experience every time you fish with us.

Guided Horseback Riding Tours In Angel Fire – Half Day

New Mexico River Adventures along with our partners at Nancy Burch's Roadrunner Tours offers horseback riding tours in the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest.  Try the High Country Tour for a two hour ride in the Carson National Forest, complete with great views and chances to see wildlife. One of our most popular and recommended rides, the High Country Tour provides enough time to truly experience the nature and beauty of the Carson National Forest.  Or try a full day adventure which consists of a seven hour ride through the Carson National Forest, the all day ride gives our guests the opportunity to explore new trails and see a large part of the forest. This ride also includes a mountain top lunch.

Horseback Riding and Gold Panning Tours In Angel Fire – Half Day

New Mexico River Adventures along with our partners at Nancy Burch's Roadrunner Tours offers horseback riding tours in the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest.  Try the High Country Tour for a two hour ride in the Carson National Forest, complete with great views and chances to see wildlife. One of our most popular and recommended rides, the High Country Tour provides enough time to truly experience the nature and beauty of the Carson National Forest.  Or try a full day adventure which consists of a seven hour ride through the Carson National Forest, the all day ride gives our guests the opportunity to explore new trails and see a large part of the forest. This ride also includes a mountain top lunch.

Pinzgauer Tours From Santa Fe-Half Day

Join NMRA and our partners at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures for the perfect Half Day 4x4 Adventure just a short distance form the center of Santa Fe.  For good reason, we call this our Wild West Safari which will take us a spectacular journey into the wilds of New Mexico where we're likely to see wild horses, Cowboy and Indian ruins, petroglyphs, and spectacular vistas of the painted desert.  Located a short distance away from downtown Santa Fe, we’ll take you to an area that is off the beaten path and difficult to access.  Enjoy the ride in one of our superb off roading fleet of Pinzgauers and learn about the history and culture of the Native American people who once inhabited the region. 

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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Sunset Gourmet Float

Looking for something different this summer? Do you crave quiet and scenic floats through desert river canyons? How about gourmet meals waiting for you along the side of the river as the sun sets? This is a spectacular twist to the normal half day river trip. Great for all types of groups including families, friends and couples a like.

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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.