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!
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 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.