Lower Gorge – Racecourse Full 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!

Mariana N.

“We did the full day on the Lower Gorge and Racecourse. The first part was beautiful, followed by a picnic by the river. The second part of our day had so much adrenaline, rapids and so much fun!! Kokopelli Rafting exceeded my expectations!”

Aysha T.

“My daughter and I decided to do something we hadn’t done before and rafting was it. We were paired with a family with two adventurous kids and we had a great time. We did a full day and it was restful in the beginning and thrilling after lunch. Our guide was thoughtful and experienced and made whole day really fun. We would absolutely do it again with this rafting company. This is something I will recommend to our out of state visitors and local friends.”

Lindsay H.

“My first time rafting down the Rio Grande and it was amazing! We did the full day rafting trip with guides Justin and Jessie leading our group. We were in the boat with Justin and loved hearing the tales of the river! He made the rafting experience so easy and comfortable. Never once did I feel unsafe! When we stopped for lunch we had a full spread of fruits, chips, salsa, cookies, sandwiches and drinks. I will definitely be rafting this river again and highly recommend Kokopelli Rafting Co!”

This popular trip combines our two half-day excursions into one exciting day! We start at the Taos Junction Bridge, putting in for a relaxing morning spent floating through spectacular, towering cliffs and mellow, class II rapids. After a satisfying all-you-can-eat lunch freshly prepared by your Kokopelli guides, we return to the boats to tackle class III rapids on the Racecourse. The river narrows, picks up speed, and before we know it, we’re blasting through Albert’s Falls, the Narrows, and on to Big Rock Rapid. The Lower Gorge is a perfect choice for first time rafters, with the morning section offering an opportunity to get comfortable on moving water. Once you’ve discovered the joy of river travel, the excitement increases in the afternoon.

Minimum age is seven, although we reserve the right to raise the age limit during extremely high water levels.

The Rio Grande Lower Gorge runs all season long.

Price: $113* per person (Age 7-12 $83)*

Duration: 5-6 hours from County Line. 7-8 hours from Santa Fe

Meeting Location: Kokopelli Rafting – Santa Fe, NM @ 08:45 am
or County Line River Access – Pilar, NM @ 10:00 am.

Meeting Time: 8:45 AM Santa Fe or 10:00 AM County Line

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.

*Prices do not include taxes or federal user fees.