The Taos Box is the centerpiece of one of the U.S.' first Wild and Scenic Rivers, and a premier Class IV whitewater rafting run situated entirely within the 1000' black lava walls of the Rio Grande Gorge. This is a great trip for anyone looking to unplug for a day, get outside and get some adrenaline pumping! The trip will begin with two miles of easy and splashy Class I rapids, followed by nine miles of more difficult and technical Class II-IV rapids, and then culminate with the final five miles of Class IV-IV+ rapids, known as the “hour of power”. Far Flung Adventures has been safely navigating the waters of this section for over 40 years!
The Middle Box Full Day
Often considered the gem of the Taos area, this portion of river is visited by far fewer people every summer than the popular Taos Box and Lower Gorge. A one-mile hike, accompanied by horses to carry the gear, will take us from the rim of the gorge and into the heart of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, one of the newest on our nation’s roster of protected lands.
Our walk into the gorge will offer an interesting exploration of local environments as we descend from the sagebrush and juniper grasslands seen at the rim and down into the canyon to the rivers edge, an area of tall pine, spruce and fir. We will launch at the mouth of the Red River canyon, one of the deepest part of the gorge, and begin our 9 mile trip through the heart of the Wild and Scenic section of the Rio Grande National Monument.
We run this stretch from a starting point 4 miles upstream from where all other companies begin. Get the full experience with us!
This popular full-day trip originates at the village of Pilar (16 mi. south of Taos; junction of NM Highways 68 and 570). The rafting begins within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument as a scenic float through dark basalts at the southern end of the Rio Grande Gorge and then segues into the Rio Grande Racecourse, a slightly rowdier Class I-III run that slices through ancient schists and granites.
This trip is generally suitable for families and folks of all ages, a moderate whitewater alternative to the more challenging sections of the Rio Grande Gorge (such as the Taos Box). It is a good section to observe the wildlife and scenery of the southern Rockies.
Rio Grande Racecourse
Gear up and get ready for New Mexico's favorite half-day class II-III whitewater adventure. This exciting 3-hour tour is our most popular half-day trip, and is perfectly suited to families, groups, first-timers, and those of all ages and abilities! Consider going for our funyak (inflatable kayak) option if you feel like amping up the adventure!
Stand Up Paddleboard Half-Day
We welcome beginners and experts on this paddleboard float down our Scenic half-day section. This gorgeous paddleboarding trip will follow the course of the Rio Grande through the relatively calm water of the Orilla Verde National Recreation Area. The safe and easy Class I-II rapids of this stretch will take on new meaning as you navigate your way through them on your own SUP. Take in the views as you float through the large, open canyon, allowing scenic views of towering basalt cliffs, high desert ecosystems, and a lush riverside habitat.
Scenic Half-Day Float
This Rio Grande rafting trip traverses the calm oxbows of the Orilla Verde National Recreation Area. The open canyon allows scenic views of towering basalt cliffs, high desert ecosystems, and a lush riverside habitat. Several Class II rapids occur throughout the outing, in between calm stretches perfect for swimming. We float through the village of Pilar, New Mexico where we will observe a quiet zone to minimize the impact of our passage through this historic, small New Mexico community.
Rio Chama Full-Day
The Rio Chama in Northern New Mexico is America's Newest Wild and Scenic River. This 10 mile stretch we call the Rio Chama Full-Day begins where the river flows beneath the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert Monastery, understandably a most tranquil of settings, and ends at the head of Abiquiu Reservoir, where this silty desert river rolls to a halt among the rainbow cliffs of this remote four-courners location.
Lower Gorge Paddle Saddle
This popular horseback riding and rafting combination trip is a full day experience made possible by our friends at Cieneguilla Stables (read some of their reviews here). The horseback portion of this trip is design to accommodate any level of rider and to give participants a chance to explore and experience the Picuris Mountains at a comfortable pace. Prior riding experience is in no way necessary! After working up a good cowhand's appetite, we will enjoy a well deserved trailside lunch, including an array of hand-roasted sandwich meats and homemade salads and salsas (see some of our recipes here). After that it will be off to the Rio Grande Visitors Center, where you will meet up with your guides at Far Flung Adventures and head downstream to enjoy the Pilar Racecourse and its wild array of class II and III rapids
*The activities offered in this trip may be done in any order.
Rock and Raft
This popular climbing and rafting combination trip is a full day experience made possible by our friends at Mountain Skills Adventures. (Please follow the link if you wish to explore more of their great trip options) The morning will begin by meeting at the Pilar Cafe at 8:30 am. There you will meet your guide and accompany him to the nearby rim of the Rio Grande Gorge for spectacular views and a thrilling set of rappelling areas on the edge of the deep canyon. After working up an appetite rappelling, we will enjoy a well-deserved riverside lunch, including an array of hand-roasted sandwich meats and homemade salads and salsas (see some of our recipes here). After that it will be off to the Rio Grande Visitors Center, where you will meet up with your guides at Far Flung Adventures and head downstream to enjoy the Pilar Racecourse and its wild array of class II and III rapids.
*The activities offered in this trip may be done in any order.
Wild Rivers Exploration: Human and Natural History Hiking Half Day
Join our local expert guides on this human and natural history hiking trip in one of the less known and most rewarding hiking areas. Take in the great outdoors and the beauty of the Rio Grande National Monument, visit a rich and sparsely visited petroglyph site, and let us teach you about local history, culture, geology, and natural history.
Includes a healthy and homemade snack. If you are looking to get the most out of exploring the Taos Area, this is the way to do it!
Style: Human History, Improved Trail, and Exploratory Hike
Wild Rivers Paddle-Saddle
On this trip we partner up with the old cowhands of Rio Grande Stables for the full day adventure of a lifetime! Start the day with a two-hour guided horseback ride along the rim of the Red River Canyon to its confluence with the Rio Grande Gorge, where you will meet your raft guides, who will have a fresh and homemade lunch prepared for you. While you enjoy your meal the guides will pack the rafting equipment onto horses and mules to prepare for the mile long descent from the canyons rim to the river's edge. Once on the water you will have the opportunity to visit the pristine canyonscape of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, explore ancient Native American hunting sites, and keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife beneath the towering ponderosa pines.
Sunset Dinner Float
Over the last 40 years of doing multi-day river trips Far Flung Adventures has perfected the well-prepared and delicious outdoor-meal. Begin with a gorgeous pre-dinner float along the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande. Then come watch the high desert sunset from a comfy camp chair by a crackingling fire, and take in the serenity of rural New Mexico from the rivers edge; and leave the cooking and dishes to us! This is the perfect way to enjoy many of the best parts of overnight rafting, but still get to sleep in your comfy bed that night! *We are more than happy to cater to any special culinary needs*
This is a true one day adventure trip. Far Flung Adventures has been rafting in the Rio Grande Gorge for over 40 years, and there is no other company as qualified to facilitate your descent down the Razorblades section. This class IV run is comprable to the Taos Box in whitewater, but the remoteness and the need to hike in and out makes it a real-deal outdoor adventure that is not for the faint of heart. If you are local or frequent New Mexico rafter that is looking for a change from the Taos Box, or just someone looking for a way to step up the adrenaline from a more common whitewater trip, this is exactly what you are looking for.