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    What to Expect
    Starting Out

    We start at our headquarters where you’ll meet your guides for the day who will outfit you with all the gear necessary for the day on the river. At the headquarters, you will find safe secure parking, clean restrooms, changing rooms, shaded picnic tables on our patio rooms, and any last minute items you might have forgotten including sunscreen, water shoes, hats and much more. This is the perfect place to start your adventure.  Craft choices are dependent on water levels. The large majority of our guests like to participate and paddle along with the guide in the back of the boat giving paddling commands, however, you may also choose to sit back and let the guide do the work on an oar boat.  And for the adrenaline junkies, ask about an inflatable kayak at no extra charge.

    Floating the Rio Grande Gorge

    After the short drive to the starting point in our vans, your river trip begins with a placid morning float through one of the most scenic parts of the canyon with great opportunities to see a variety of wildlife including mule deer, river otter, beaver and many different birds of prey. This section also affords us time to practice paddling techniques, swimming and simply enjoying the Rio Grande. Somewhere in this stretch, we’ll stop on the side of the river for a nice lunch put together by your guides. After lunch, we run the Class III rapids of the “Racecourse.” The Lower Gorge of the Rio Grande is a broad canyon with lush riparian habitat along the banks of the Rio. As we enter the “Racecourse” section the geology radically changes as we pass onto the Rio Grande fault line, one of the largest intercontinental fault lines in North America. But let’s not forget the whitewater! The Racecourse is 6 miles of action-packed class 2-3 rapids. Perfect for everyone from beginners to intermediate/experts. There is something for everyone to enjoy on this section. With rapids like the Maze, Albert’s Falls, The Narrows, and The Thunderdome make sure you are braced in and ready to get wet! Listen to your guides as they negotiate these rapids and don’t forget to ask them to surf when the water levels are lower.

    Guides for the Rio Grande Gorge Full Day

    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. Our Guides have experience on rivers all over the country and across the globe, I know you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.   They will certainly help to make your day on the river the best possible.

    Full Day Rio Grande rafting trips available EVERY DAY starting in March through September. Our minimum age at most water levels is 5, however, at the higher flows, that minimum age rises to 13. Book online or call us anytime, 1-800-983-7756, to reserve your space.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    Our guide was Willy, he was very informative and safety orientated. We had a great time enjoying the views, laughing and getting wet. I definitely recommend this company.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank CarenB137
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    My best friends and I are college students on a road trip down to NM and decided to try white water rafting. Our raft's guide was Rachel, who is amazing! She's super intelligent, engaging, and funny! She's also very patient and pulled us back into...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank andreachen12
    WendyNMRA, Owner at New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Rachel is amazing!!! We are so glad you found us for some adventure and we hope to see you all for another adventure on your next adventure!!

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    We did the Taos Box twice this summer, once at 3500 CFM and once at about 1500 CFM. Completely different experiences, but both a lot of fun. Willie and Zach are great guides and made the day exciting and entertaining.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Christopher C
    WendyNMRA, Owner at New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Willie and Zach are two of the best! Thank you!

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    This company is top notch! They made sure we had a great time and did with great attention to safety. Can’t wait to come back.

    Thank meganj87
    WendyNMRA, Owner at New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Thank you! We can't wait to see you again!

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We spent a full day on the Rio Grande with an excellent guide, Matt van Buren. Beginning with a lazy float to get acclimated, the four of us paddlers learned Matt’s commands for when we would need them in the afternoon. A hot lunch of...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank 882loiss
    WendyNMRA, Owner at New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

    Thank you!! We are glad you agree with our emphasis on all aspects of the river trip, not just crashing through the waves (but oh boy is that part fun!!).

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    7 July 2019|
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    Response from GTR14418 | Reviewed this property |
    Recommend wearing a strap to hold on your sunglasses/glasses
    9 June 2018|
    Response from SFHarris |
    Yes, this is a great trip for kids 5 and older.
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