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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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Rio Grande Headquarters
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    6h 30m
    Return Details
    Rio Grande Headquarters
    • Full Service Headquarters
    • Safe, Secure Parking,
    • Signature, Hot Chicken Fajita Lunch
    • All rafting Equipment
    • World Class Guides
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    I bought the full day on the Rio Grande. It was fantastic! Our guide, Emily, was so competent and made us all feel prepared for the rapids. The morning is slow and we had ample time to practice her skillful commands. We were treated to...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank TerriTheDiva
    Reviewed 31 August 2019 via mobile

    What an amazing day! Our guide Jordan made sure we had a lot of fun! We chose the all day trip and had a nice relaxing morning float and a great time on the rapids after lunch. For lunch the crew of Garret, Smoky and...More

    Thank rlc_jayhawk
    WendyNMRA, Owner at New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2019

    Thank you! Whitewater can be pretty addicting, we always want to go back to the top and do it all over again, too!

    Reviewed 26 August 2019

    I've rafted with several NM companies over the years and NM River Adventures is definitely the best. They have a great boathouse in Rinconada with clean bathrooms and changing rooms. Our guides, Devin and Tony, were wonderful. They were knowledgeable, competent and most of all...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Jolene M
    WendyNMRA, Owner at New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2019

    You said it...it is a treat to be able to float the Taos Box in late August! We so appreciate you sharing your experience with others and for your high praise, we can't wait to wow you again!

    Reviewed 24 August 2019

    We had a great time during this trip. We were running late from our hotel in Taos. Only about 10 minutes. They were kind enough to wait for us. after getting our jackets, helmets, and life jackets we loaded on the bus. Great music and...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank 505gabby
    WendyNMRA, Owner at New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2019

    Sounds like the perfect day!! Thank you for rafting with NMRA!

    Reviewed 17 August 2019

    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
    WendyNMRA, Owner at New Mexico River Adventures - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2019

    Thank you for soaking up the river and the views!

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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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