Hike & Whitewater Raft the Rio Grande’s Racecourse
$225 per person + tax | Spring through Fall with advanced reservations| 4 pp minimum
Tour includes Raft, Paddle, Wetsuit, Life Jacket, Professional Guides, and Gourmet Lunch
Meet at Taos’ El Monte Sagrado Resort at 7AM return to the same location at 3:30PM
After we pick you up at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos, you will journey along the scenic Rio Grande corridor to the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. Our first stop will be to hike along the 2 ½ mile, 6,400-foot drop rim of the Rio Grande Gorge, offering breathtaking scenery and spectacular panoramic views. You’ll be sure to take in the famous Taos Box overlook to see the plunging steep rustic walls of the canyon while you delve deeper into this 2.8 to 4.8 million-year-old lava and mesa topped wilderness area. You’ll learn to identify juniper, piñon, apache plume, sagebrush and cane cholla as you learn about the geological forces that etched this land.
Next, after you’ve worked up a sweat, we’ll go down into the belly of the Rio Grande Gorge to the water’s edge and enjoy an early lunch, getting nourished up for your adrenaline rushed water voyage to come. After lunch, you’ll meet with the New Mexico River Adventures team and you’ll see why they pride themselves on full-service amenities.
Your River Adventure guide will give you a safety and orientation talk, preparing you for your whitewater river journey. The Racecourse is a class 2-3 rapid (4 during high water levels) section of the Rio Grande and is for thrill-seeking folks! The most popular rafting excursion in New Mexico, this trip suits both first timers or whitewater enthusiasts. While it’s typically perfect for anyone, when the water levels are high, a minimum age is applied.
This route goes right through the highest walled parts of the canyon, so be prepared to be surrounded by stunning Quartzite and basalt lava cliffsides, as well as possible wildlife sightings of big horn sheep, coyote or otters. With green splotches of sage, Apache plume and prickly pear cactus dotting the peachy and orangey covered rock, you’ll be astounded by the beauty, even as you work to navigate the zig zaggy run.
We encourage you to bring a backpack, water bottle and a change of clothes because of the watery phase of the outing, but rest assured this all-inclusive tour comprises all your water sport needs, as well as a gourmet picnic lunch and lively guided perspectives.
So, hike breathtaking views above your rivery escapades where you will then raft the glorious waters of the Rio Grande Gorge, for an unforgettable adventure that will be the highlight of your Taos trip!
Wendy and Matt are our local partners and owners of New Mexico River Adventures that have dedicated their lives to exploring and running rivers all over the US and beyond. From Zambia to Chile to New Mexico, they have enjoyed some of the greatest river trips in the world. After meeting in New Mexico in 2001, the Rio Grande and Rio Chama always held a special place in their hearts. Luckily, they were able to start New Mexico River Adventures in 2011 and settle down in gorgeous northern New Mexico. Now with their 4 year daughter, Scout, the adventure continues into the next generation of New Mexico river runners!