- SEASON: April 1st-October 1st
- PARTICIPANTS: We welcome beginning paddlers 12 years of age and older. You should be in normal good health and prepared for the moderate exertion of paddling, swimming, and an easy one-mile downhill hike.
- CRAFT: This course will be entirely conducted on inflatable kayaks
- COST: Adult: $550.00 Child: $500.00 50% Deposit Required
- 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.
If you are interested in taking home a real outdoor skill after your vacation, this multi-day excursion and whitewater education trip is exactly what you are looking for.
In the late 1970’s Far Flung Adventures pioneered the idea of river navigation education, and that tradition has continued to this day. We continue to offer multiple professional grade whitewater rowing courses and Swiftwater Certifications every year, and we are ecstatic to now be offering this layman’s introduction to whitewater via the versatility of the inflatable kayak. Over a period of 3 days across various distinct areas of beautiful northern New Mexico and across 3 stretches of river, which will gradually increase in difficulty you will gain the confidence and skill set to get you ready for any continued interest in river running.
If you feel so inspired, and we think you will, at the end of the trip you will have the opportunity to purchase your own gear at extremely special rates.
Pro Tip: This is a fantastic option for families who wish to encourage an interest in the outdoors in their children.
We will meet at the Far Flung office at 7 am, where customers will be provided with all the rafting and camping equipment they need and have requested for the trip. We will then head to Chama River put-in and the beginning of your river education! The first day will consist of basic river running techniques such as boat maneuvering basics, ferry angles, and principles of reading water in a river environment. The first half of the day will be on calm water and then after a riverside lunch you will head downstream to face your first class I-II rapids! Once we are off the river we will head to camp for the night and enjoy the relaxing river shoreline and a fantastic dinner.
You will wake up to an excellent breakfast and hot, fresh coffee to start your day. After a leisurely morning and an hour drive back towards the Rio Grande we will hop on our second stretch of river: The Lower Gorge. On day two you will further hone your skills maneuvering your kayak, learn about eddy lines, hydraulics, river safety hand signals, and flip recovery. Then, after lunch, it will be off into the boulder gardens and Class II-III rapids of the Rio Grande Racecourse. You will finish day two feeling much more comfortable on the river. That night we will camp at the Cebolla Mesa trailhead on the rim of the impressive Rio Grande Gorge and looking down into the Wild Rivers section of the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.
Our final day will be comprised of a trip down The Middle Box, which is a section that is often considered the hidden gem of northern New Mexico. After another great breakfast our horseback guide and mule packer friends from Rio Grande Stables will meet us to help with transporting our gear down the 1-mile long trail that winds beneath towering Ponderosa Pines to the rivers edge. On day three you will continue your river education with throwbag rescue techniques, whitewater rescue scenarios, river running etiquette, eddy line usage, and paddle techniques. In the Middle Box you will face your toughest whitewater yet in its sometimes long and sometimes steep Class-III rapids. The day will take us through the deepest section of the Rio Grande Rift Valley and offer superb wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as the chance to visit an ancient Native American hunting site complete with dozens of petroglyphs and littered with evidence of their culture.
Get ready to pitch a tent, sling a hammock, throw down a pad, and relax! All three days we will prepare and serve you a delicious riverside lunch, not limited to, but often including an array of home-roasted sandwich meats and homemade dips and salsas (see some of our recipes here). Our camp dinners and breakfasts are a classic staple of the Far Flung experience, as 40 years in business has not only taught us the principles of reading white-water…but also of cooking and camp ambiance!
***Please let us know ahead of time about any allergies or special food requirements***
Following is a list of required and recommend items for this three-day camping excursion. As part of the trip we will provide waterproof drybags for all of your personal items.
If needed, we provide sleeping bags and sleeping pads for an additional $12/day.