River Rafting in Santa Fe
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If you want to watch birds and wildlife along the banks, try the laid-back Huck Finn floats along the Rio Chama or the Rio Grande's White Rock Canyon. The season is generally between April and September. Most outfitters have overnight package plans, and all offer half- and full-day trips. Be prepared to get wet, and wear secure water shoes.
Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Taos Resource Area Office. For a list of outfitters who guide trips on the Rio Grande and the Rio Chama, contact the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Taos Resource Area Office, or stop by the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center along NM 68 (on the "Low Road to Taos), 16 miles south of Taos in the small village of Pilar, which is where many rafting trips on the Rio Grande begin. The visitor center is also an official part of the newly established, 243,000-acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, created in 2013 and administered by the BLM. 226 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos, NM, 87571. 505/758–8851. www.nm.blm.gov.
Kokopelli Rafting Adventures. This outfitter offers half-day and multiday river trips down the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. 551 W. Cordova Rd., #540, South Side, Santa Fe, NM, 87505. 505/983–3734 or 800/879–9035. www.kokopelliraft.com.
New Wave Rafting. Look to this company for full-day, half-day, and overnight river trips on the Rio Chama and Rio Grande, as well as fly-fishing trips, from its riverside location in Embudo, 45 mi north of Santa Fe, on the Low Road to Taos. NM 68, mile marker 21, Embudo, NM, 87531. 800/984–1444. www.newwaverafting.com.
Santa Fe Rafting Company and Outfitters. This well-known tour company leads day trips down the Rio Grande and the Chama River and customizes rafting tours. Tell them what you want—they'll figure out a way to do it. 1000 Cerrillos Rd., South Side, Santa Fe, NM, 87505. 505/988–4914 or 888/988–4914. www.santaferafting.com.
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