"The river always purified. It seemed to bring some thoughts from far above, who knew from where, and carry others far downstream, who knew whither. Using the river, a person could dream awake, like a child."

Paul Horgan, “Great River – The Rio Grande in North American History”

Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures' kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard and raft tours of the Middle Rio Grande have quickly taken their place among the essential Albuquerque-area experiences, with appeal to both experienced paddlers and novices alike.

While the upper Rio Grande is renowned for the wild whitewater cascading through the canyons of northern New Mexico, the Middle Rio Grande provides a much gentler, family-friendly experience. The river feels exceptionally remote given the close proximity to a major metropolitan area. Blue Heron, Snowy Egret and numerous varieties of waterfowl call the river home at various times throughout the year, while dozens of varieties of songbirds flock to the forested river banks. Beaver, wild turkey, and even an occasional coyote may be spotted along the way, as the Rio Grande remains a critical resource for wildlife in the arid, high desert climate of central New Mexico.

 New Mexico strictly prohibits operation of any watercraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please save the party for after the river.