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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 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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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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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 Horseback Riding Tours in Red River – One Hour Trip

This is our most popular ride.  This trip starts at the Stables right in the heart of Red River.  here you will be introduced to your Wrangler and Horse.  Don't be nervous, your Wrangler will let you know everything you need to become a confident rider just steps form the Stables.  The trail climbs 400+ feet into the beautiful mountains surrounding Red River.  As you ascend you are rewarded with incredible vistas while peaking through the Big Ponderosa Pines that adorn the hillside.  Not only will you enjoy incredible views of the Town of Red River, but also the entire Bittercreek Canyon as well as the famous Red River Ski Area.

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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