Maria P.

If you want an exciting and beautiful way to spend the day, look no further! The Taos gorge is stunning, the rapids were thrilling, but not too scary for us.  And, the guides were so pleasant and capable! We had great customer service from the time we booked the trip, till we turned up at the boathouse to embark on our adventure, and then our guide, Stephen, took such good care of us on the river. Kokopelli is the way to go. We will certainly be back!!!”

Barbara F.

“This was our first time rafting and needed something calmer for our 11 year old daughter. The comments on the guides convinced me to book. We were not disappointed! They picked us up 10 minutes early. They were able to rearrange plans for another family with no hassles. And then, we were on our way. Wren was our guide. He went over the safety guidelines, made sure we knew what to do, and was very patient with getting us started. He was also extremely personable and very knowledgeable about rafting and the river. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide. Thank you Wren for a fantastic experience and for the swim in the Rio Grande. Opportunity of a lifetime”.


“Amazing rafting adventure! Great guide, great tour!  Our guide Isaac was top notch, he not only got us down the river safely but did it while telling us the history of the land. It was our first rating trip and I feel like a pro because of his professionalism. Great time!”


“We had an awesome trip!  Our guide was fabulous, and very knowledgeable. Before we left, he went over safety information and made sure everyone understood.  Because of this, the trip was fantastic!! The river was high, so it made for an exciting experience.  Kudos to this company for offering a safe, informative trip!!”


Great Time on the Rio Grande! “I selected Kokopelli based on their reviews regarding their trips as well as their safety record. They didn’t let us down. The trip information and safety instructions at the beginning were thorough and, as it turned out, very useful. I say useful because I wound up in the water… Our guide, Armaan, was great and quickly got me back in the boat. The remainder of the trip was not as eventful but a whole lot of fun. I definitely recommend Kokopelli.”

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 5 Years in a Row!

If you’re looking for the best rafting in New Mexico, check out Kokopelli Rafting Adventures! But don’t take our word for it! We’ve received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence every year in a row since 2015!





Hall of Fame – Certificate of Excellence Five Years in a Row!







Unforgettable Rafting Experiences since 1991!

Safety. Service. Professionalism.

We offer small custom trips for groups of 2 to 30, personalized service, an impeccable safety record, great food, and exceptional, professional interpretive guides!

Half-Day Rafting

Our half-day rafting trips are full of whitewater fun, rich history, geological wonders and entertaining folklore! Learn how each rapid got its name, mysterious conspiracy theories around ill-fated gold prospectors and tall tales that only a seasoned Rio Grande river guide would know.
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Full-Day Rafting

There are a few “classic” whitewater rafting runs in the Western United States; two are right here in Northern New Mexico within a short drive from Santa Fe! The infamous Taos Box and captivating Rio Chama. Join us for an unforgettable rafting experience and see for yourself why these are classic whitewater rafting trips!
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Multi-Day Rafting

Kokopelli Rafting Adventures has the longest continuous series of commercial outfitter permits of any rafting outfitter in New Mexico, starting in Southern Colorado and continuing through to Cochiti Reservoir. Linking these sections makes for great multi-day rafting trips! Let us help you plan the perfect two- or three-day getaway on the Rio Grande or Rio Chama!
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Large Groups

Kokopelli Rafting Adventures core values of safety, service and professionalism align well with safety-conscious corporate managers and event planners, youth groups, family reunions and regional conventions. We regularly book custom unforgettable rafting experiences for groups of 50 to 120 without sacrificing quality for quantity.
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Compare Day Trips

Which trip is right for you? Let us help you decide based on length of trips, classification of rapids, minimum ages and more.
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Professional Rafting Guide School

Kokopelli Rafting Adventure’s guide training significantly exceeds industry standards with our 80 hour training program emphasizing safety, service and professionalism. Learn the hands-on skills of river guiding and the softer skills of service and professional that make Kokopelli guides requested year after year.
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About Us


Raft and kayak the Rio Grande and Rio Chama rivers in New Mexico, with New Mexico’s Top Rated Rafting Outfitter!  Experience the thrills from Class IV whitewater rapids to serene Class I canyon floats. Kokopelli’s exceptional guides will ensure it is an experience to remember. We offer small custom trips, great food, personalized service, and exceptional guides.

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New Mexico Rafting News

Wrapping up the 2016 New Mexico Rafting Season

One week of rafting trips remaining...Until next year! Wow... what a year for rafting on the Rio Grande! As the 2016 Rafting Season is coming to an end, its a fun time to think of some of our favorite moments. The Class IV Taos Box ran for a great season until July...

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Summer is in Full Swing on the Rivers of New Mexico!

Summer is in full swing! The water levels have come down on the Rio Grande, making whitewater trips more family friendly! The Rio Grande is available for rafts and inflatable kayaks, for those seeking a little more excitement on the river. Since the water levels of...

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Spend the 4th of July on America’s Rivers!

Happy 4th of July! What a better way to celebrate our country’s independence then with an exciting whitewater trip down one of the nation’s first designated Wild and Scenic Rivers! In 1968, the US Congress voted to protect the Rio Grande due to its outstandingly,...

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Rio Grande Racecourse 6/17/2016 Class III Rapids

6/17/2016 One of our favorite groups of all time!! Thanks for coming out again and Rafting the Rio Grande Racecourse with us! Please Review us if you've got a second.     Videos are here: on Kokopelli Rafting's youtube channel MORE PHOTOS & VIDEOS ARE...

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