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Join Far Flung Adventures for the white water rafting trip of a lifetime in New Mexico on the mighty Rio Grande!

How do we predict whether the water will be good or not?

There is a slew of information available that we can use to ascertain whether or not we will have good white water rafting in New Mexico. Honestly it’s enough to make you go cross eyed and possibly have a mini-break down attempting to consume all of it. We’ll only mention one of those today: Snow Water Equivalent. Basically, this is the amount of water which will result from a given amount of snow once it melts.


Snow water equivalent is the depth of water that would cover the ground if the snow cover was in a liquid state. Our river forecasting models use this value, along with temperature and sunshine information, to estimate the amount of snow melt entering the river channels.” 

National Weather Service


Precipitation and snowfall values began climbing beyond the median in late November/early December and continue to rise. Not only in our immediate location of Taos, but also for southern Colorado in the San Juan Valley. This is where the Rio Grande headwaters lie, so it is very important to what we experience on the Rio Grande, aqui en Taos. According to data provided by the NOAA, in Wolf Creek, CO(San Juan Valley) snow water equivalent numbers have been above both the 30 year median and the 30 year average for much of the winter! Something that is particularly exciting is that this week in April, SWE continues to rise sharply, instead of beginning to fall, as is typical for this time of year(check the graph below).


Here’s an example of some of the data we look at along with a link to learn more. https://www.nwrfc.noaa.gov/snow/snowplot.cgi?WFCO3                                                                                                         


World class white water rafting in New Mexico.

Elevated precipitation levels over the winter mean great things for white water rafting in New Mexico, particularly if you’ve got your sights set on exciting white water. If you’ve got all day we offer a full day adventure on the world class Taos Box. Spend the day deep in the Rio Grande gorge within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument for 16 miles of class IV action, interspersed with just the right amount “down time” to enjoy the incredible beauty of the gorge and its wildlife including: red tail hawk, peregrine falcon, eagle, bighorn sheep, and river otter to name a few.

If you don’t have a full day then no worries, Far Flung Adventures has you covered. The half-day(morning or afternoon), class III Race Course section on the Rio Grande will do the trick nicely. Choose either a morning or afternoon run and enjoy the 13 rapids in 5 miles thrill ride that the Race Course(site of one of the longest running raft races in North America, always held on Mother’s Day) has to offer. You could see many of the same critters as in the Taos Box, plus several opportunities to go for a swim, all while paddling through a very diverse and interesting geologic zone, your guides will fill you in on the details.

Seats fill up quickly, and well in advance during seasons like this and we can accommodate virtually any group size, so don’t miss out, book your trip now! Be sure to stay in touch with us for the most up to date conditions so that we can help you make the most of your experience. Follow the links below to some of our offerings in the Rio Grande!