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Red River

Red River is a quaint, year around mountain town that is all about relaxation and fun!  This “mainstreet” town is a favorite among families and couples alike.  Situated at the base of the north slope of Wheeler Peak in the heart of the Sangre De Cristo mountains which includes Red River Ski Area, the views from anywhere in town are nothing less than stunning.  Don’t be surprised if you walk past a Americana Music legend while strolling down main street as this is a favorite destination to many musicians and music festivals throughout the summer months.  This town knows how to have fun! Summer activities are ample and not limited to just rafting.

New Mexico River Adventures is proud to be part of this vibrant community, and to offer the following outdoor adventures to help make your Red River experience truly memorable.  Our base of operations for our Red River Rafting, Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding adventures is just an hour and twenty minutes from the center of town.  Come immerse yourself in the land of enchantment.

The Trips

Rio Grande Gorge Full Day

The Lower Gorge of the Rio Grande is a broad canyon with lush riparian habitat along the banks of the Rio. A fantastic full day adventure for families, first time rafters and groups. The first half of the day is beautiful float through the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande with incredible scenery, gorgeous riverside lunch stops and ample opportunity to work on your paddling in preparation for the exciting whitewater of the Racecourse to come in the afternoon. The Rio Grande Gorge full day trip meets at our headquarters at 8:30 a.m. daily and the minimum age during most of the year is 5 years old.

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Taos Box Full Day

This is possibly the greatest full day rafting trip in the country. Nowhere else can you find the same quality whitewater in such a remote and pristine canyon with incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. The "Box" flows through the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge some 800 feet deep. The layout of this run is absolutely perfect as the beginning is relatively calm with plenty of opportunity to work on your paddling techniques and feel comfortable working together as a team to negotiate the many rapids ahead. In the final five miles of this trip, the gradient increases and the rapids become more intense and come in much quicker succession. The Taos Box trip meets at our headquarters at 8 a.m. and the minimum age is 13 and participants should weight at least 90 pounds.

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La Junta Full Day

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 the La Junta trail in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. The boats and gear are packed down by mules 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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Guided Fly Fishing from Red River-Full 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.

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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