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The Racecourse is runable all season long. The highest water is in late May or early June. Inflatable kayaks are available at lower water levels.
Price: $58* per person. Age 7-12 $45* Departs from the County Line River Access 1 hour north of Santa Fe, NM aand 1/2 Hour South of Taos, NM
|Morning Racecourse Trip (10:00 AM)||Afternoon Racecourse Trip (1:45 PM)|
Rio Grande Float
If you're looking for a relaxing trip through a beautiful volcanic rock canyon with a few mild class II rapids thrown in, the half-day Rio Grande Float is for you. It is a perfect trip if you are not sure about the whole whitewater craze and want a mellow introduction to moving water. We will float past beautiful hillside springs, perhaps view ancient Indian art, look for wildlife and talk
This trip can be done in a paddleboat or an oar-powered raft, allowing you to simply sit back, relax, and take in the sights. Minimum age on this trip is four under most conditions.
Inflatable kayaks are available at most water levels.
Price: $58* per person. Age 4-12 $45* Departs from the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center
|Morning Float Trip (10:15 AM)||Afternoon Float Trip (2:00 PM)|
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The "Box," perhaps the premier one-day wilderness trip in the US,
contains the best whitewater in New Mexico. This 17-mile trip starts just northwest
of Taos. We float through relatively calm water for a few miles, practicing
our teamwork and paddle strokes for the demanding rapids downstream, including
Ski Jump, Dead Car, and Powerline Falls. As the gorge deepens and the white-water
increases, we'll still take time to look around at the beauty of northern New
Mexico, possibly spotting a bald eagle high on the cliff-tops or a great blue
heron on the river's edge.
The last two-and-a-half miles of the "Box" are known as the "Rio Bravo," or wild river, section. We challenge one class III or IV rapid after another, then catch our breaths, before dropping into the grand finale, Sunset Rapid. This trip is demanding but unsurpassed in its combination of excitement and wild beauty.
A fresh, all-you-can-eat buffet lunch is included, as well as polar fleece tops and full splash suits to keep you comfortable. Minimum age on the Taos Box is 13, although at some water levels we advise that guests have the physical stamina to fully participate.
The Taos Box runs from April through mid-June in a typical year, and
into July during years with exceptional snow-pack.
This trip is for the adventerous thrill seeker in good physical fitness, and features sections of continuous rapids, especially during higher flows.
Lower Gorge - Racecourse Full Day
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.
Rio Chama River
Join us for a full-day trip through the land and scenery that inspired artist Georgia O'Keefe. This adventure begins about 70 miles northwest of Santa Fe, in the red rock country of northern New Mexico. We will float about eight miles of relatively tame water, negotiating a number of class II rapids as we pass through magnificent scenery surrounded by Ponderosa Pines. The multi-colored cliffs along the Chama are among the most beautiful in New Mexico.
We will stop halfway through the day for a healthy, all-you-can-eat buffet lunch, freshly prepared by Kokopelli guides. After lunch, we continue downstream, running more class II rapids on our way to the takeout.
This trip can be done in a paddleboat or an oar-powered raft, which allows more time to take in the sights. Minimum age is five.
The Chama day trip is typically runnable on weekends when water is being
released from the El Vado Dam.
Price: $115* per person Age 5-12 $95* Departs from Kokopelli's Santa Fe Office or Bodes General Store in Abiquiu, NM.
La Junta (Middle Box)
Just upstream of the famous Taos Box is a hidden secret of New Mexico rafting. Seldom floated is the beautiful remote river between La Junta (the junction of the Red River and the Rio Grande) and the John Dunn Bridge. After a short hike down into the gorge along the miners' trail, we'll prepare the rafts and float down this amazing river. This trip is mostly scenic floating, with one significant class III rapid near the end. Inflatable kayaks are availailable.
Price $135*. Departs from.Santa Fe Office or Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center
Minimum Group Size 6 people - Call for Specific Trip Dates
Grande Whitewater Overnight
Imagine combining the Taos Box and the Lower Gorge into a two-day whitewater fiesta. We launch northwest of Taos, float through a spectacular canyon and negotiate numerous class III and IV rapids.
After an exciting day of whitewater, we stop at one of our campsites near the Taos Junction Bridge, the beginning of the Lower Gorge. A delicious dinner is prepared by Kokopelli guides and after dinner we'll sit around, reliving the day's adventures.
The next morning, after a healthy breakfast, we launch our rafts for a peaceful float, working the kinks out of our tired muscles. After lunch, it's more whitewater action as we head for the Racecourse section and numerous challenging class III rapids. The trip ends with a nap in the van as we head back to Santa Fe. We provide all camping equipment, meals, soft drinks, and water. Minimum age on this trip is 13 at most water levels.
Price: $359* per person.
Rock Canyon Overnight
An overnight trip in White Rock Canyon, just west of Santa Fe, is a combination
trip including many of the features that make northern New Mexico a special
place. We will float through a spectacular canyon, formed millions of years
ago during the age of volcanoes.
At our campsites, we will discover we are in the land of the Anasazi Indians as we visit an ancient agricultural location along the river that is hundreds of years old. We will also have an opportunity for hiking and will take time to cool off in the beautiful, clear Pajarito Springs, a refreshing dip on those hot summer days. While you are relaxing or exploring, your Kokopelli guides will prepare a delicious dinner.
After a hearty breakfast and perhaps another swim in the spring, we return to the rafts, looking forward to class II - III rapids and more amazing sights. Minimum age on White Rock Canyon is seven.
The White Rock Canyon has runable flows all season long.
Price: Two day, $359* per person, Age 8-12 $299*.
Three day, $495* per person, Age 8-12 $399*.
Minimum Group Size 4 people
Rio Chama Overnight
Join us for a two or three-day adventure floating the Wild and Scenic Rio Chama through the magnificently sculpted sandstone land that inspired artist Georgia O'Keefe. The 31-mile trip begins at El Vado Dam about 90 miles northwest of Santa Fe in Ponderosa Pine country. The Chama flows through a 1500-foot wilderness canyon that is remote and difficult to access, ensuring that birds and wildlife are plentiful. The trip is a mixture of mellow floating and moderate class II and III rapids. The Chama is a perfect trip for families and those looking for days filled with beauty and relaxation.
We offer this trip in oar-powered or paddle rafts. We also have the option of inflatable kayaks, or "duckies," for the more adventurous. As with all our overnight trips, we provide all camping equipment, tasty, nutritious meals prepared by your Kokopelli guides, and everything you need for an outdoor experience you will always remember. This trip has very limited availability; please call early for dates and reservations.
Price: Two day, $359* per person, Age 8-12 $299*.
Three day, $495* per person, Age 8-12 $399*.Minimum Group Size 4 people
One hundred and fifty miles north of Santa Fe is a designated Wild and Scenic section of the Rio Grande. It is rarely floated, and thus has retained a wild beauty difficult to find in today's hectic world. If you are looking to escape the pressures of everyday life, join us on a two-day, 25-mile journey back to another era. The trip begins just north of the New Mexico-Colorado border, and as we head downstream, we begin our descent into the canyon. As the walls rise dramatically above us, it is common to be surrounded by thousands of swallows. Eagles, falcons, and owls are also spotted frequently. We will see an abundance of wildlife and a wide variety of native plants not found on other sections of the Rio Grande.
We will float downstream for about 10 miles to the campsite at Costilla Creek, where guides will assist in setting up tents for a night under the wide New Mexico sky. The guides will also be acting as chefs for the evening, cooking up a healthy, tasty dinner.
The next day, after a hearty breakfast, we continue downstream, running numerous class II rapids as the canyon deepens and narrows. It is about 14 miles of spectacular scenery from our campsite to the trip's end at Lee Trail. There, we will pack and hike up a short but steep quarter-mile trail to the top of the rim and the van waiting to return to Santa Fe.
This adventure has limited availability, so please call us for dates. Minimum age on Ute Mountain is seven.
Price: $359* per person, which includes meals and all camping equipment.
Minimum Group Size 6 people
Rio Grande Whitewater Three-Day
This is a unique trip combining La Junta, Taos Box and the Lower Gorge into a three-day rafting adventure. We launch northwest of Taos after a hike into the spectacular canyon near the confluence (La Junta) of Red River and the Rio Grande. After loading the rafts, we're off on this beautiful and remote river. The evening is spent enjoying a delicious dinner and camping at a beautiful riverside spot. On day two, we float through the famous Taos Box and negotiate numerous class III and IV rapids. After an exciting day of whitewater, we stop at a campsite near the Taos Junction Bridge, the beginning of the Lower Gorge. A delicious dinner is prepared by Kokopelli guides, and we'll relax, reliving the day's adventures. Enjoy a hearty breakfast the next morning before we launch our rafts on a peaceful float, working the kinks out of our tired muscles. After lunch, there's more whitewater action as we head for the Racecourse section, challenging numerous class III rapids. The trip ends with a nap in the van as we head for Santa Fe. We provide all camping equipment, meals, soft drinks, and water.
Price: $495* per person.
Minimum Group Size 4 people
*Prices do not include taxes or federal user fees.
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