Project Description

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Fundraisers

At-A-Glance:

  • Date: Rio Grande Middle Box: June 15 — Rio Chama: August 10

  • PARTICIPANTS:  We welcome first-time rafters 6 years of age and older and ask that you be in normal good health. Those joining us for the Middle Box should be prepared for a 1-mile downhill hike on a good trail.

  • CRAFT:  Most people prefer paddle boats or an individual inflatable kayak on this Class II river, though an oar boat is always an option.
  • Middle Box cost: Adult: $180.00  50% Deposit required to confirm reservation

    Rio Chama cost: Adult: $135.00  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 Middle Box: June 15

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Rio Chama: August 10

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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.

NMWA Fundraiser Dates:

Rio Grande Middle Box: Saturday, June 15

Rio Chama One-Day: Saturday, August 10

Rio Grande Middle Box:

A scenic Class II-III section of river visited by far fewer people every summer than the popular Taos Box and Lower Gorge. A one-mile hike will take us from the rim of the gorge and into the heart of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

Often considered the gem of the Taos area and a secluded segment of the Rio Grande National Monument this stretch is one of our all time favorites. The 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, one of the newest on our nation’s roster of protected lands. In addition, we run this stretch from a starting point 4 miles upstream from where all other companies begin.

We will meet at the Far Flung office at 8 am, where customers will be outfitted with all the proper rafting equipment for the day. After a short 30-minute drive to the Cebolla Mesa trailhead, we will meet with our horse packer, load the gear onto the animals, and begin our descent into the Gorge. After an amazing day on the water, our trip will end at the John Dunn Bridge, the put-in for the Class IV Taos Box section, from which it will be a 15-20 minute drive back to our office.

After launching at the mouth of the Red River, one the deepest areas of the canyon, you will float through towering ponderosa pines, unique to this area of the Rio Grande, and crash through Class III rapids formed from the outflow from massive side canyons. Watch the past unfold as you inspect the dozens of petroglyphs at the hunting camp at the mouth of San Cristobal creek, lunch at the cabin of  “Horse Thief Shorty”, an infamous horse and cattle rustler of the early 20th century, and ponder the feat of lowering mining equipment down the canyon to the river’s edge at the relicts of an abandoned mine.

From April to June, it’s a raucous and splashy class III ride and a wonderful all day activity for those looking for a personal acquaintance with isolated wilderness. At mid-summer’s lower flows, the Middle  Box is a challenging one-day funyak experience.

***Participants should be fit and prepared for an easy 1-mile downhill hike.***

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