About the trip
This Rio Grande 2 day rafting trip combines the Razorblades section, exclusively offered by New Mexico River Adventures, with the Taos Box
This trip meets at our private, Rio Grande Headquarters which is conveniently located 1 hour north of Santa Fe and 30 min. south of Taos. Our fully stocked Headquarters and Outfitters Shop is in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge right across the street from the river, less than 1 mile from the finishing point of the most popular trips and offers safe, secure parking in our private parking lot.
For directions to our Rio Grande Headquarters click here!
Do I need to know how to swim?
It is recommended but not mandatory that all our guests know how to swim. All guests are given Type V, US Coast Guard approved flotation devices (lifejackets) that are designed to float you on your back, nice and high in the water. For all our class 3 and above sections on the Rio Grande, you will also be issued a helmet.
What do I need to wear?
We have packing lists for you to review for each of our different trip types. Remember that the weather changes dramatically throughout the New Mexico rafting season. It can be significantly colder during March-May we encourage our guests to always be prepared.
What if it’s my first time, do I need experience?
There is no experience required for any of our river trips. However, we encourage experience for our more difficult, Taos Box and Razorblades trips. Please feel free to call us with any concerns or questions about appropriate trips for your group.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This is an excellent trip for those looking for a bit more in an overnight trip.
The setting for the first day is the Razorblades section Upper Rio Grande Gorge. Due to its inaccessibility, The Razorblades section of the Rio Grande is truly one of the most pristine sections to this beautiful canyon that you’ll ever have the opportunity to experience. From river perspectives to wildlife to that great feeling of remoteness, this trip delivers that elusive, true, wilderness river expedition experience that you may be looking for and have yet to find. This trip involves a steep hike into and out of the upper gorge.
All guests will go through some serious raft handling and safety instruction involving; how to paddle, dry land command training, high siding and low siding techniques, swimming in big whitewater, swimming under the boat, getting yourself back into the boat, and self rescue. This trip definitely adds a new interactive twist to your normal class IV whitewater rafting trip.
Tonight’s camp is on the rim of the canyon in the heart of the Wild Rivers Recreation Area with the spectacular Sangre de Cristo mountains as our backdrop under the stars of the New Mexico skies. Sit back in one of our camp chairs and take in the sunset as the colors of the canyon walls change right before your eyes. Enjoy a cold drink as the guides pass around appetizers and prepare a gorgeous dinner and dessert. There will be ample photo and hiking opportunities directly from camp.
The following day takes through possibly the greatest single day of rafting found in the country, the world famous Taos Box. New Mexico’s Premier Whitewater run!! 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. Brace yourself in and paddle hard through these steep and visually stunning rapids! You are almost guaranteed to spot Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep leaping across boulders below the cliffs or enjoying a drink from the river as well as river otter and a large variety of birds of prey as you float through this spectacular canyon. Explore the inner gorge and experience quality Class IV whitewater rapids like; Power Line Falls, The Rock Garden, The mile long Rio Bravo section and the grand finale Sunset. This is some fast paced whitewater action sure to thrill and soak you.
Our guides are the best in the business, focusing on safety and guest service as a top priority. All are extremely knowledgeable about the area’s geology, ecology and history and just love being on the river. Many with experience on rivers all over the country and across the globe, I know you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do and will certainly help to make your day on the river the best possible.
Minimum age for the Ultimate Whitewater 2-Day is 16 and a parent or guardian must be present. The minimum party size is 4.
The Rio Grande 2 day rafting trips are water level dependent and usually are best run in May and June.
Please call, 1-800-983-7756 for available dates and river conditions.
This trip is yet another reason why New Mexico River Adventures is your choice for the greatest and most unique river rafting trips in Northern New Mexico! We will finish the trip back at our headquarters where photos will be waiting.