The Racecourse Half Day
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: $74* per adult. $59* per child Age 6 – 12
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)
2022 Season: April 30 – September 5
Includes: Guide, Gear, Transportation, and Snack
*Does not include: Santa Fe gross receipts tax (8.4375% or $1.50/person public land user fee)
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 6 and up.
Due to COVID 19, each FULL DAY reservation has a 10-person minimum, as we are no longer co-mingling unrelated parties on the same trip during the pandemic due to food handling and longer transportation times. Individuals and small groups may still book separately online, provided their total group size is 10 or greater. Parties with less than 10 people are encouraged to call 505-983-3734 to discuss alternatives, including our half-day Rio Grande Float and Rio Grande Racecourse trips, which have a 4-person minimum. Safety has been our top priority for over 30 years, We appreciate your understanding and look forward to rafting with you!