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!

Season:

April 1-September 30.  The biggest whitewater conditions occur  during May and June.  Late season flows, while slower, offer fun chutes and bouldery drops, along with an opportunity to swim.

Participants:

We welcome river rafters of all ages and abilities.  The Rio Grande Race Course is well suited for families and first-timers.  The minimum age is 6 years at low flows and 12 years (or 90 lbs.) at high flows. You should be in normal good health and prepared for the moderate exertion of paddling and possible swimming. Most groups request a paddle boat trip, but for those who do not wish to, or are unable to, the guides may also do the navigating in oar-powered rafts. In the low water season, we also offer 1-man inflatable kayaks for the good swimmers who feel extra adventuresome.

Cost:
Adult $51.40   Child $42.05
   100% Deposit

Sample Itinerary:

This 2 1/2 to 3 hour tour meets at 8:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. each day at the Pilar Yacht Club and Cafe, at the junction of State Highways 68 and 570, 16 miles south of the Taos Plaza, mile marker 28.5 (feel free to view our map). You may meet us at the Pilar Yatch Club, and after which park at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center across the highway. Please hide and lock all up all valuables in your car. At the river, a Personal Floatation Device (lifejacket) will be fitted to you. Instruction in river rafting safety and paddling techniques will be given and then you’re on the river where we’ll navigate Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments adn snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry cloths!

Click here to see a map and the location of the Pilar Yatch Club. 

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CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservation cancellation more than 2 weeks before trip date receives a refund minus 10% of trip cost. Less than two weeks before trip date forfeits deposit.