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.


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.


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!

Jenne’s Photog-Blog

November 18th, 2014

Hi! I’m Jenne, the photographer for New Mexico River Adventures. This was my second season working on the Rio Grande, and I wanted to touch on the fantastic experience I’ve had while being part of the rafting community here in Northern New Mexico. As another season draws to a close, I watch the ebb and flow of the affairs along the river.

Jenne on the job at Sous Hole Rapid

There are eight rafting companies that share the Taos Box, Upper Rio Grande Gorge, and Racecourse sections of the river. You would think that this would provide a steep environment for competition. Instead, there’s this magical phenomenon that happens… everyone bands together in an amazing demonstration of camaraderie! There’s a “ballet dance” going on along the river every day; every guide, shuttle driver, photographer, and guest has a starring role.

As a photographer, I consider myself one of the observers of the river. I’m always looking for the next great photo opportunity, and there’s never a shortage of them! We are surrounded by spectacular views, diverse wildlife, and wonderful interactions between folks that are having the time of their lives. There’s always a helping hand on the river too- if a boater or shuttle driver needs a ride back up to the put-in, they can usually hop in with another company to get there. If someone’s having a tough time on the river, knowledgeable guides are watching out, and selflessly helping them make a successful trip.

There is a tremendous sense of community on this river. I am proud to be a witness to it, and a part of it. Now that the sun is getting lower in the sky and the mornings are getting crisper, the rafting season is closing its eyes for its winter sleep. The summer fling comes to an end. Over the winter, I’ll miss all of these faces I’ve come to trust and love. I can’t wait to start my romance with the river again next spring.

Another Great Rafting Season in New Mexico Comes to an End

November 4th, 2014

Well,  it has been quite a while since we’ve posted any new news from our New Mexico River Rafting Headquarters here in Rinconada.  It has been a wild ride for us through the 2014 season.  We not only had a record number of Rafting, Kayaking, and Stand Up Paddleboarding guests run the river with us this year, but also had wonderfully consistent river flows ever throughout the entire season and even into the lower water months of August and September.

Each year has seen quite a bit of change here at New Mexico River Adventures and this year was no different.  For this last season, we added 3 more acres to our Headquarters enabling us to grow comfortably without changing the intimate check-in and out experience our guests have come to enjoy year after year.  This included a substantially larger parking area as well as updated landscaping around the Headquarters.  Of course the other area in which we are constantly improving upon is our gear.  We do pride ourselves as having the newest and most state of the art equipment in Northern New Mexico. This last year we added 8 new rafts to our fleet including a variety of small, fast and fun rafts in order to optimize the whitewater experience for everyone.

Lastly and Most Importantly.  Our rafting guide crew this year was by far the best on the river.  With a variety of new faces joining the crew, we had a fun, hard working, professional, well trained and well rounded group of guides.  Not only are they passionate about the river, but each guide has a lot of pride in what they do and the experience they provide for each guest.  We couldn’t be more proud of the group of guides here at NMRA and know that they are the main reason for great seasons like 2014.

With much more to come for 2015, please keep in touch as we will be adding lots of new and exciting trips, itineraries and ways to enjoy the beautiful rivers and landscapes of Northern New Mexico.  As always give us a call at 505-983-7756 or e-mail us info@newmexicoriveradvenutres.com.  Thanks again for being part of the NMRA Family and pray for snow!