White Rapids in the Desert!

Here in the arid Southwest, people naturally think of the desert.  And while New Mexico boasts some of the most striking desert landscapes and scenery in the country – white-water rafting is also prominent. In fact, this region boasts some of the finest white-water rafting in the country! With outings available for every skill level, white-water rafting represents an ideal way to cool off during the hot summer months!

The Racecourse

The Racecourse is New Mexico’s most popular rafting trip. This half-day trip is ideal for beginners or rafters who have limited time available, while providing exhilarating, extended white-water runs. This trip is usually Class II-III but goes to Class IV when the water is high. This outing is suitable for nearly all ages except during periods of exceptionally high water.

Rio Grande Gorge Full-day

The Rio Grande Gorge Full-day rafting trip features lush habitat scenery along the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande. A calm first-half float allows rafters the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. After stopping for a riverside lunch, the second half features the exciting Racecourse white-water runs. The minimum age for this trip for most of the year is 5 years old, which makes this a fun outing for the entire family.

Rio Chama 3-day

This multi-day rafting trip is regularly available for most weeks from April through August, thanks to regularly scheduled releases from El Vado Reservoir. This trip covers 33 miles through sandstone and limestone canyons on the river, starting outside of Tierra Amarilla and concluding at Abiquiu, a renowned artist village. The spectacular scenery along the route includes desert cliffs and beautiful pine trees reminiscent of the work of New Mexico’s own Georgia O’Keeffe and outdoor photographer Ansel Adams.

These are just three of several white-water rafting outings accessible from the Santa Fe area.

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