Taos Kayak & Hiking Adventure with Wine Tasting Tour

8AM – 3:00PM | $225 per person | 4 Person Minimum

Tour Includes Rental of Kayak, Paddle, Wetsuit, Life Jacket, Professional Guide, Gourmet Picnic Lunch along the Rio Grande, Interpretive Guided Hike, and tasting of your choice at Vivác Winery.

Tour starts and ends at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos, NM
We encourage you to bring a backpack, water bottle and a change of clothes for your guided hiking experience following kayaking.

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Journey from Taos along the Rio Grande corridor on a scenic shuttle into the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument where we meet our New Mexico River Adventures Guide. Here we will have a Safety and Orientation talk to prepare you for your guided kayak activity, accommodating both the novice and the experienced. A carefully selected section of river will offer you an unforgettable experience; mild to wild, the choice is yours. Kayak to your lunch destination and enjoy a delicious, gourmet picnic lunch riverside within the chiseled basalt canyon walls shaping the valley to refresh and rejuvenate before your hike in the monument.

After lunch, we travel up the canyon to our trailhead at La Vista Verde Trail, catching views of the famous Taos Box. Our two and half mile, round-trip hike at 6,400 feet offers breathtaking scenery along the way, and ends at a spectacular, panoramic look-out point overlooking a section of river that is known as the Box. On this hiking tour we explore the heart of this geological Rift Zone highlighted with breathtaking views along the way. Experience this 2.8 to 4.8 million year old basalt adorned with juniper, piñon, apache plume, sagebrush and cane cholla and learn about the geological forces that etched this land.

To finish off our day and treat ourselves after a great hike, we’ll shuttle southward, following the waters of the Rio Grande to the Vivác Winery for a local tasting, which includes your choice of a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a pint of local cider. Vivác, a Spanish term meaning “high-altitude refuge”, is a family love affair of handpicked New Mexican grown grapes, known by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as the Highest Rated Red Wine Producer in New Mexico’s History.

Vivác Winery

Our incredibly talented friends and  professionals at Vivác Winery have a commitment to excellence & are the Highest Rated Red Wine Producers in New Mexico’s History! Fresh & young, edgy & sophisticated, Vivác offers you something out of the ordinary!

Vivác is the creation of brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg, along with their wives, Michele and Liliana Padberg, respectively. In November of 1998 Jesse and Chris embarked on a new mission “to make the best wine po

ssible and have a good time doing it!” This meant professionally crafted, world-ranked, dry red wines-a first for New Mexico.

Indulge in the local flavor of 100% New Mexican grown grapes while enjoying our picnic lunch offering a breathtaking view of their vineyards along the Rio Grande corridor.