River Rafting in Taos
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The Taos Box, at the bottom of the steep-walled canyon far below the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, is the granddaddy of thrilling white water in New Mexico and is best attempted by experts only—or on a guided trip—but the river also offers more placid sections such as through the Orilla Verde Recreation Area, just south of Taos in the village of Pilar (here you'll also find a small shop and cafe called the Pilar Yacht Club, which caters heavily to rafters and fishing enthusiasts). Spring runoff is the busy season, from mid-April through June, but rafting companies conduct tours March to November. Shorter two-hour options usually cover the fairly tame section of the river.
The Bureau of Land Management, Taos Resource Area Office has a list of registered river guides and information about running the river on your own. 226 Cruz Alta, Taos, 87171. 575/758-8851. www.blm.gov/nm/st/en.html.
Big River Raft Trips offers dinner float trips and rapids runs. Taos. 575/758-9711 or 800/748-3760. www.bigriverrafts.com.
Far Flung Adventures operates half-day, full-day, and overnight rafting trips along the Rio Grande and the Rio Chama. Taos. 575/758-2628 or 800/359-2627. www.farflung.com.
Los Rios River Runners will take you to your choice of spots—the Rio Chama, the Lower Gorge, or the Taos Box. Taos. 575/776–8854 or 800/544–1181. www.losriosriverrunners.com.
Native Sons Adventures offers several trip options on the Rio Grande. 1335 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, 87571. 575/758-9342 or 800/753-7559. www.nativesonsadventures.com.
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