The Racecourse Half Day
High Water Advisement
Be advised the Rio Grande is running at a 15 year high with class 4 rapids on the Racecourse section posing an elevated risk for flips and swims.
At levels above 2500 cfs, the minimum age is 10 years old. At levels above 3500 cfs, the minimum age is 13 years old. The Rio Grande Float or Rio Chama Full Day are great alternatives for children age 5 and up offering a great introduction to whitewater rafting without the consequences of class 4 rapids.
We encourage you to call our office before booking children, elderly, or anyone with concerns of class 4 whitewater to discuss current conditions, forecasted conditions for June and July, and alternatives to the Racecourse half-day or Lower Gorge Racecourse full-day. Our number is 505-983-3734.
On behalf of the entire Kokopelli staff, we look forward to paddling with you!
The five-mile Racecourse rafting trip is our most popular half-day trip on the Rio Grande, ranging from a wild class III+ ride during the spring high-water to a more technically-demanding run as the water goes down and the rocks come up in July and August. In spring and early summer, be prepared for cold water, big waves, and plenty of excitement. As summer continues, your guide will be depending on you to help maneuver the raft through many tight slots. In addition, the water warms up and there is more opportunity for warm-water fun, such as swimming and boat surfing.
The moderate Rapids of the Racecourse rafting trip is a great trip for beginning whitewater enthusiasts, as well as experienced rafters looking for a quick adrenaline fix. Minimum age is seven, although Kokopelli Rafting Adventures reserves the right to raise the age limit during extremely high water. The Racecourse rafting trip is our most popular option for families and large groups with varied group experience levels. Everyone seems to have a great time on the river trip, and its not too intimidating for first timers at most flows.
The Racecourse is runnable all season long. The highest water is in late May or early June. Inflatable kayaks are available at lower water levels.
Price: $64* per person. Age 7-12 $49*
Duration: 2-3 hours
Meeting Location: County Line River Access – Pilar, NM
Meeting Time: 10:00 AM or 1:45 PM
Difficulty: Class I-III (IV at high water)
2019 Season: April 27th – October 5th
Includes: Guide, Gear, Transportation, and Snack
Participant Requirements: Must be in generally good physical fitness, have the ability to brace yourself inside the raft, and paddle periodically as requested by the guide. Must be age 7 and up.