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Kayaking

Want to be in charge of your own craft? Get up close and personal with the whitewater of the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. We offer the best Santa Fe and Taos inflatable kayaking trips available. Our inflatable kayaks or “duckies” are highly stable and maneuverable boats that allow even the experienced rafter the most excitement available on our selected inflatable kayaking trips.

Inflatable kayaking is for anyone, experienced or first-time river runners, to enjoy the most exciting and hands-on craft on the river. We offer inflatable Kayaks on all of our Rio Chama River Trips as well as selected Rio Grande River Trips. If you are interested in a single or tandem ducky for your 2 or 3 day trip on the Rio Chama, please let our reservationists know when you book the trip. You may also indicate it on your Guest Questionnaire from.

As for the Rio Grande, we always offer the choice of duckies on our Orilla Verde Half Day Trip and La Junta Full Day Trip. When water levels are at their lowest in the early spring and late summer, we also offer the choice of duckies for our Racecourse Half Day Trip and our Rio Grande Gorge Full Day Trip. When available, all inflatable kayaks are offered at No Extra Charge! All inflatable kayaks must be requested at the time of reservation and may not be available if requested upon arriving at our Headquarters or at the specific meeting location.

The Trips

Rio Chama 3 Day

This is the signature multi-day rafting trip in New Mexico. Due to regularly scheduled releases from El Vado Resevior, we are able to enjoy this incredible canyon and three day rafting trip, most weeks from April through August. We raft 33 mile section of river outside of the the alpine town of Tierra Amarilla, NM. The trip consists of a float through the stunning and colorful sandstone and limestone walls of this amazing canyon and finishing up near the renowned artist village of Abiquiu. The upper reaches of the river are well known for gorgeous pine trees lining the banks of the river and spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this area and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams.


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Rio Chama 2 Day Rafting Trip

Bring the entire family and join us on the Rio Chama for the most scenic multiple day river trip in New Mexico. We begin the 21 mile river trip outside of the the alpine town of Chama, NM and float down into a stunning and colorful sandstone and limestone canyon finishing up near the renouned artist village of Abiquiu. The upper reaches of the river are well known for gorgeous pine trees lining the banks of the river and spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this area and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. Red, yellow and purple color bands are painted across the desert as the river flows past towering sandstone cliffs. This stretch of river hides many treasures within the high reaching walls like hot springs, homesteads, ancient Indian ruins, and dinosaur tracks perfectly preserved in Jurassic era mud to name a few.


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La Junta Full Day

This trip is a rare scenic float through one of the most remote, pristine and little traveled sections of the Rio Grande. Only accessible by the 1 mile long hike down the La Junta trail in the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. The boats and gear are packed down by mules to our put-in at the confluence with the Rio Grande and the Red River. The whitewater on this section is calm with one class III rapid.


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Orilla Verde Float

This is the perfect trip for everyone in the entire family or those who just feel like a lazy float down the river. The Orilla Verde section meanders through a beautiful section of the canyon offering incredible bird watching opportunities as well as regular sightings of river otters playing along the river bank.


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Rio Chama Full Day

The Rio Chama has a wonderful single day section as the river emerges from the canyon. This wide valley has spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this areas and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams. The Rio Chama has a few moderate Class II and III rapids so is perfect for all ages and abilities. Day trips can be run in oar boats, paddle boats, and inflatable kayaks. Minimum age for this trip is 5 and we meet at Bode's General store at 9 a.m.


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2 Day Beginner Whitewater Kayak Instruction

If you want a true introduction the sport of kayaking, this is absolutely your best option. With our 2 New Mexico kayaking day clinic, you're able to take the time to get a full introduction to all the basics of the sport and leave with the confidence and knowledge to pursue kayaking as your new life long passion. Contact us today to learn more: 1-800-983-7756.


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Intermediate Whitewater Kayak Instruction

After you have taken our Beginner Whitewater Kayak Instruction course, your next step is our Intermediate course.  You will master existing skills and build additional skills, all tailored to your individual goals and desires.  This course can be structured as a 1, 2, or 3 day format, and we can explore both the Rio Grande and Rio Chama.


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Advanced Whitewater Kayaking

This course is all about dialing in, to perfection, the skills that will allow you to move on to the more difficult whitewater. The advanced courses are tailored to the individual. Our instructors will exploit any and all weaknesses in your skills and coach you on how to improve them.


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Private or Custom Whitewater Kayak Instruction

If you are looking for one-on-one instruction to the sport of New Mexico whitewater kayaking, or want to work on specific skills at any level, our Private/Custom Whitewater Kayak Instruction is for you!  You will receive individual attention with expert guidance from our staff.  Sign up today!


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ACA L1-4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification Workshop

This five-day course is designed for competent whitewater kayakers who want to become instructors. During this course Instructor, candidates will learn industry standards for teaching kayaking and be assessed throughout the class on Teaching Ability, Technical Ability, Technical Knowledge, and Rescue Ability.


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