Exciting things to do in Leavenworth, Washington

April 6th, 2015

Known best for its Bavarian theme, Leavenworth Washington is also a hidden gem for outdoor recreation. Here is a short list of ​fun and exciting things to do in Leavenworth.

Downtown Leavenworth

Downtown Leavenworth with Icicle Ridge in the background

Rock Climbing
With countless world class climbing routes it’s no wonder climbers all across the world plan destination trips to get the chance to get on the rock here in Leavenworth. You will find incredible routes varying in difficulty just minutes from downtown. Some popular climbing spots include Icicle Canyon, Tumwater Canyon, and Peshastin Pinnacles.

Icicle Canyon

Views from the rock up Icicle Canyon Photo: Andy Lockey

 

Mountain Biking
Do you plan on bringing your bike along? Leavenworth has you covered there too. Make sure to consider checking out the following trails when you plan your next visit. Leavenworth Ski Hill, Freund Canyon, Xanadu trail and Devil’s Gulch.

Xanadu Trail Mountain Biking

Xanadu Trail Photo: Dave Seal

 

Whitewater Rafting
The Summer months bring warm temperatures to the area. What better way is there to cool off then rafting on the river? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try downriver stand up paddling or a whitewater kayak instruction course? Either way, Wildwater River Guides can get you out on the river. Join the experience today.

Wenatchee River Rafting

The Wenatchee River

 

Wineries & Breweries
Is outdoor recreation not really your thing? Or maybe you are just looking for a way to unwind after a great trail ride or trip down the river? Leavenworth has a handful of great wineries including Icicle Ridge Winery, Silvara Vineyards, and Wedge Mountain Winery. Also make sure to check out Icicle Brewing Company in the heart of downtown Leavenworth for tasty beers on tap and fun outdoor atmosphere.

Icicle Ridge Winery

Photo courtesy of Icicle Ridge Winery

Hiking
The hiking trails are endless around Leavenworth and you won’t have to drive very far to find them. Some must ‘do’s’ include, Icicle Creek Trail River Loop, Icicle Ridge, Fourth of July trail, hiking the Enchantments (all Enchantment Lakes), or just a stroll around Leavenworth Waterfront park.

Icicle Creek Trail River Loop

Icicle Creek Trail River Loop

 

Convincing White Water Rafting Newbies to Start in 2015

March 31st, 2015

Convincing Friends To Start White Water Rafting  In 2015

White water rafting is an activity that everyone can enjoy — kids and adults, outdoorsmen and couch potatoes. Despite all the positives that come with a guided river trip, some people harbor concerns that prevent them getting out on the water.

If you have friends or family members who are white water rafting newbies, here are some ways to convince them that 2015 is the year they need to finally welcome some rapids into their lives.

Explain What Happens

Some folks don’t find the unknown to be appealing, which is why you should explain all facets of the trip beforehand. Let them know about the rapids involved, the length and duration of the trip, the benefits of having a guide along, and more. Call your white water rafting guide company ahead of your trip to ensure you have all the details you need to share.

An All-Expense Paid Vacation

For any of your uninitiated friends or family who question the cost of a rafting package, explain to them that a guided white water rafting trip is like an all-in-one vacation. On a multi-day trip, they will experience rafting, hiking, camping and plenty of adventure with friends in the great outdoors.

Ease Worries About Nature

Rafting is an excellent activity for people who aren’t outdoorsy. Explain that during your trip, your group will be safe from wildlife, get plenty of rest and relaxation, and see some incredible views. This is a great way to get newbies to really experience the wilderness for the first time.

Bring Out their Sense of Adventure

A lot of people have a hidden desire for adventure. Try selling the excitement of white water rafting by describing how it feels to be out on the water. It’s an intoxicating experience that will provide a new kind of rush for people who have never felt the rush of being on the rapids.

With a little bit of explaining and sweet talking, you can get your uninitiated friends and family out on the rapids in 2015.

New Mexico River Adventures offers half-day, full-day, and multi-day packages for white water rafting in New Mexico. Rafters of all experience levels are welcome! Book a Taos rafting adventure, or come along for a rafting trip in Santa Fe this year.

For even more western river adventures, consider a group Grand Canyon rafting or Colorado River rafting trip with Western River Expeditions.

A River Adventure Lover’s Gift Guide

February 25th, 2015

Rafting Gift IdeasDo you know someone who is a river adventure lover? If this someone loves kayaking, canoeing, hiking and camping along rivers, then you’ll find these gift ideas to be excellent choices.

Here are some fun choices that are sure to please all year round, for birthdays, holidays, or a special thank you:

Red Paddle Co. Ten Six Inflatable Sup: This product is great for use in flat water, but is also diverse enough to handle waters with a bit of waves. It’s quite popular around the globe.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket: When you want to stay warm, but light, this nano puff jacket by Patagonia would be a great option. It’s great for outdoor year-round use. It blocks wind, resists water, and is compressible.

NRS Big Water Guide PFD: River runners may already have a PFD, but after a while, they may need a replacement. With this product, you can give your loved one peace of mind and comfort throughout their river running.

Waterproof Case for iPhone: The Catalyst Waterproof iPhone Case is an excellent choice for river adventure enthusiasts who have an iPhone they like to carry with them on their trips.

Camp Time Roll-A-Table: This is standard gear that should be used on long trips outdoors. Whether it’s at the beach or at a campsite, this roll-a-table product is perfect for such occasions.

Tula Hats: There’s a great selection of Tula hats to choose from, which means you’re highly likely to find one that suits the person you’re shopping for. These are made of sustainable fibers and are easy to pack. Plus, they offer extra UPF50+ protection from the sun!

Whether your joining New Mexico River Adventures on a Taos or Santa Fe whitewater rafting adventure or you’re planning an abroad vacation tour, this list is sure to help you find the perfect gift for them.

WHAT’S NEW AT NMRA?

January 30th, 2015

As always, we are having a busy off season here at New Mexico River Adventures.  We have decided to spend the winter season away from our normal Southern Hemisphere rivers and work on a variety of exciting projects right here in New Mexico.  In addition to an expansion of the Headquarters which includes 2 new shaded patios and a new front entry.  We have also increased our parking area and changing rooms.  But, most exciting of all is our brand new reservation system which will help to provide a much easier, more detailed and user friendly way to reserve your adventure with us whether it be online or over the phone.  Just look for the Book Now and Gift Certificate buttons all over the website for the most advanced online booking system available!

2015 Gourmet Wine Trip Dates Announced

January 19th, 2015

Yes, one of our most popular trips of the year is back for another season and the dates have been announced.  Our annual trip with the great folks at Vivac Winery and The Santa Fe Culinary Academy is set for the weekend of July 17-19.  This trip is just as popular with the guides as it is with the guests as we work our way through the amazing Rio Chama Wilderness over the course of 3 days.  Each day brings relaxing time on the water intertwined with just enough whitewater excitement to keep you on your toes.  In the evenings we’re treated to incredible wines presented  by brothers Jesse and Chris from Vivac as we enjoy 4 beautifully crafted dishes from acclaimed chef and craftsman Rocky Durham, lead instructor from the Santa Fe Culinary Academy.  This trip will sell out again so please be sure to reserve your space soon.  Bon Apetite!

Second Course!

Three All-Time Great Books About River Adventures

January 17th, 2015

Sitting back, reading a great adventure book is a favorite pastime for many. If you enjoy reading about white water rafting or other types of river journeys, then you’ll find the following books to be great additions to your “books to read” list this year.

The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko

In this riveting story, you are taken on a journey that weaves together adventure, history and environmental politics into a great tale. It is about the guides, dory boat outfitters and dam engineers along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. It offers a reader a holistic view into running rivers in Southwest America.

The River Why by David James Duncan

This is a coming-of-age story that takes place in Oregon. It’s about a young fly fisherman named Gus Orviston. Those who fly fish or have an interest in it will find this beautiful prose to be humorous and earnest in its fishing approach to finding the deeper meaning of life. Explore love, humor, family relationships and environmental problems wrapped into one exciting tale.

A River Runs Through It by Norman McLean

This book can easily be read numerous times, each time being just as thought-provoking and entertaining as the last. It’s a literary masterpiece that is honest, taught and heart-wrenching. The story surrounds two brothers growing up in a family of fly fishers in Montana. It explores metaphysical questions, but in a colloquial manner.

If you’re looking to read great tales about water adventures, then you’ll want to check out these three must-reads.

If you want to live your own adventure with through a Toccoa River, Ocoee River, or Nantahala River white water rafting trip, you can check out the options available from Rolling Thunder River Company. For the best white water rafting in New Mexico, check out the trip options here at New Mexico River Adventures. Our Taos rafting and Santa Fe rafting trips won’t disappoint!

Winter Weather Forecast for 2015

December 18th, 2014

Hopes are high for a wetter than normal winter in the Southwestern United States.  There have been predictions of an El Nino weather pattern appearing in Dec./Jan which typically produces a great snowpack for the Sangre de Christo Mountains and most importantly, the Rio Grande and Rio Chama watershed.   For the most part, our winter has started out just fine with a healthy amount of snow having already accumulated in the Upper Rio Grande Headwaters area.  Historically we get the majority of our snowfall from Jan.-March.  With El Nino arriving, this should mean for a great series of wet storms during this time period.  This coupled with cooler temperatures in march should yield a wonderful season for the Northern New Mexico watersheds.  Of course, we are extremely lucky here in Northern New Mexico to have a spectacular river with multiple sections of fun whitewater at any and all water levels.  However, this doesn’t mean that we’re not praying for snow.  And this season certainly looks like its coming!  For us here at New Mexico River Adventures, this means great anticipation for a longer Taos Box and Razorblades season throughout April, May and June.  Keep in touch with us during the spring months to learn more about the upcoming season’s water levels and when the best time of the year is to reserve the trip of your dreams!

A Snowy November Day at New Mexico River Adventures Headquarters

How a Whitewater Rafting Trip Can Help You Raise Strong, Self-Sufficient Daughters

December 10th, 2014

Raising teenagers is extremely difficult. Plain and simple. And what parent isn’t on the lookout for ways to teach their kids—especially daughters—how to be strong and self-sufficient human beings? You should definitely consider taking a whitewater rafting trip.

A river trip can teach your daughter the meaning of strength

Leave it to a rafting expedition to show your girls they are stronger than they think.

They have the physical and mental strength to manage any difficult situation. And more importantly, on the river, they will have protection from a guide, but they also are expected to make smart decisions and watch out for themselves.

A river trip can teach your daughters to ask for help

Sometimes, all we need is an outsider’s viewpoint and support. This perspective can be just the thing we require to look at other alternatives and feel unstuck.

A river trip can teach your daughters to remain calm in difficult situations

New obstacles are always popping up. But no matter how bad it may feel, it is never the end of the world. So when you are in a difficult situation, it makes no sense to come unglued and lose your cool. Rather, take several deep breaths and calmly figure out how to fix it.

A river trip can teach your daughters to be prepared

As parents, it can be hard to let your kids make mistakes. But it is these mistakes that help kids become self-sufficient adults. The reality is that there will always be bumps on the road. Sometimes, these bumps will blindside your kids, and other times, they will be able to navigate them. This is a valuable life lesson. Kids must be prepared without being afraid of the world.

A river trip can teach your daughters to make their own decisions

Allowing your daughter to make her own decisions is imperative for developing a sense of self and trust. This is necessary for her to grow into a strong, resilient woman.

What’s the moral of the story? When you want to help your teenage daughter develop into a strong, self-sufficient human being, consider a whitewater rafting trip.

Take a look at our rafting trips in Taos and Santa Fe NM to find the trip for you and your family. We also recommend you consider a Grand Canyon rafting trip with Western River Expeditions.

WHAT ARE THE GUIDES UP TO THIS WINTER?

December 8th, 2014

It’s winter time here in New Mexico and the guides at NMRA are off to their off season adventures.  If you are heading back to this great state for a skiing vacation this winter, check out Travis and Brad ski patrolling at TSV along with Devin, Jenne and Wendy teaching kids to ski.  Sean is crafting fresh food and beer at a brewery in Taos as well as engineering new and amazing bikes as always and Garret is teaching in Santa Fe.  Check out Jamie’s artistic and functional pottery which she creates all winter and Neil just finished up a 23 day river trip through the Grand Canyon.  Chrisman is off to explore S. America and Sebastian, Luke and Jordan are all back in school.  Look forward to seeing the entire crew along with some new faces in 2015!

2014 NMRA Company Dinner

Give The Gift of Adventure and Save!

December 1st, 2014

We are trying something new this year by offering our guests a chance to save now by giving the gift of a New Mexico Rafting trip for Christmas.  This can be in the form of a rafting trip, or a gift certificate.   If you know someone who loves spending time outside, this is the perfect gift for the holidays.  Maybe your friends love rafting one of the most iconic whitewater rivers in the country, the Rio Grande.  Maybe a loved one has always wanted to camp out for 2-3 days on the Rio Chama, the same canyon that has inspired artists from all over for centuries.

Another Beautiful Sunset at Chama Wall Camp

Give your friends and family a truly unique and wonderful gift this holiday season, Adventure!  We are offering a special 20% off of any full or half day trip or gift certificate purchased before the end of the year.  This will be the best deal of the season so don’t miss this great opportunity to save big on your 2015 Rafting adventures.   The 2015 season is looking great here in Northern New Mexico as we have already received our first big snow storms. For the thrill seeker, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a great Taos Box season throughout May and early June as well as great trips everyday on the Racecourse half day and the Rio Grande Gorge full day for those looking for a mellower whitewater experience. Please feel free to call us for more info or simply click on the Green Gift Certificate button on the homepage of the website and enter promo code 2015Gift.

Happy Holidays from all of the staff at New Mexico River Adventures.  Looking forward to seeing you all on the river in 2015!