Wild Rio Grande Rafting Trip "The La Junta Run"
A full day river trip (approximately 5 hours) within the confines of the Rio Grande Gorge, offering mild whitewater rafting (one Class III), with a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River sans white knuckles. Cebolla Mesa to John Dunn Bridge, 9 miles.
Season: May through September. Click for rafting trip reservations.
Participants: We welcome first time river rafters 12 years of age and older. You should be in normal good health and prepared for the moderate exertion of the trail. All trips are run with paddle boats, no experience is necessary. For the more adventuresome, we offer a full day funyak trip on La Junta. These are individual paddle crafts. A guide/instructor accompanies each trip.
Cost: $125 per person, with a 50% advance deposit required. Requires a minimum of four participants. Organized groups of twelve or more are always welcome and will receive a group discount. Please contact us if you would like assistance in organizing your group.Please also see our list of accommodations around Northern New Mexico.
The trip begins with a one mile horse-pack of the rafting equipment and hike in of participants down a steep Forest Service trail at Cebolla Mesa. The trail offers interesting exploration as we descend from sagebrush-juniper grasslands at the rim through an alpine zone of tall pine, spruce and fir to the river's edge.
Launching below Class IV La Junta rapids, we swirl away into the wild heart of the Rio Grande gorge, past native American petroglyphs and mining era relics including an old cabin and steam donkey. The banks are lined with tall trees and several perennial streams join the Rio Grande. Wildlife is most abundant in this area and elk, eagles and Canadian geese have been spotted. This section harbors a large population of German brown trout, and fishing trips are an option for groups who wish to fish.
Meeting Place: Far Flung Adventures Boathouse at 9 AM. Go North from Taos on 64 to the stop light. Go North through the intersection on 522 and look for the Far Flung sign on the right. You are encouraged to check in upon arrival in Taos. (Call 575-758-2628.) Click here for Google map meeting place (will open in new browser window)
Weather: Springtime and summer conditions in the Rockies are often unsettled, with late snows interposed among the 70-80oF. days. However, by June the forecast is for mostly warm and clear conditions. Afternoon showers become common as the weather gets hot, so at any season participants should prepare for the sudden onset of chilly conditions when rafting the Rio Grande.