Project Description

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Fundraisers


  • Date: Rio Grande Lower Gorge: June 19 — Rio Chama: August 14

  • PARTICIPANTS:  We welcome first-time rafters 6 years of age and older and ask that you be in normal good health.

  • CRAFT:  Most people prefer paddle boats or an individual inflatable kayak on this Class II river, though an oar boat is always an option.

  • Lower Gorge cost: Adult: $120.00  50% Deposit required to confirm reservation

    Rio Chama cost: Adult: $145.00  50% Deposit required to confirm reservation

  • 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.

Rio Grande Lower Gorge: June 19

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Rio Chama: August 14

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New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Make your dollar make a difference by joining the 3rd Annual NMWA and Far Flung Adventures cooperative river trip!

20% of all trip proceeds will go to supporting New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, one of New Mexico’s most important wilderness advocacy groups.

Explore their website by clicking here and read more about the organization and the latest in New Mexico’s wilderness news.

The Lower Gorge area of the Rio Grande south of Taos is a family favorite in northern New Mexico. Enjoy a morning spent calmly floating the beautiful Orilla Verde Scenic Float section and then after a tasty riverside lunch head downstream into the fun and splashy class III rapids of the Racecourse section. For those who want to spice this trip up a little, choose to paddle your own inflatable kayak during the online checkout process!


Meet your guides at 8:15am at the Pilar Yacht Club and shuttle upstream to our launch point in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. Our morning is spent rafting down the Rio Grande through the volcanic canyon, with just a couple of easy rapids. The river mellows as we pass through Pilar, where we will observe a quiet zone to minimize our impact on this small historic New Mexican community. At noon we’ll provide a delicious riverside lunch, including an array of hand-roasted sandwich meats and homemade salads and salsas (see some of our recipes here).

In the afternoon, the river plunges into the Racecourse, a section of intense whitewater, with rapids named: Albert’s Falls, Herringbone, Narrows, Big Rock, and Sousehole (Class II-III +, depending on water level). At “Sousehole”, photographers will capture our splashy descent (link to Southern Exposure). We will take out at County Line Recreation Area and return you to your car by 3:00-4:00pm.

***Please let us know ahead of time about your allergies, special food, or health requirements***

Choice of paddle boat, oar raft or inflatable kayak.

Rio Chama One-Day:

The Rio Chama in Northern New Mexico is America’s Newest Wild and Scenic River. This 8 mile stretch begins beneath a secluded Benedictine Abbey and ends just above Abiquiu Reservoir, where this silty desert river rolls to a halt among the rainbow cliffs of this remote four-corners location.

We meet at 9:00 AM at Ghost Ranch, 15 miles north of Abiquiu, New Mexico on US Highway 84 at mile marker 227. After a 45 minute drive along multi-hued sandstone cliffs we will launch near the Christ in the Desert Monastery. We encounter our first rapid, Meandering, followed by a lively whitewater run (Class II) consisting of Skull Bridge and Gauging Station, into the headwaters of Abiquiu Lake. Taking out at mid-afternoon, enables us to return you to your vehicles around 5 pm