Guided Adventures

"I've been fortunate to experience the Rio Grande's many moods . . . kayaked the notorious Taos Box . . . played for hours on the quickly moving Racecourse . . . paddled calmer stretches of water further downstream. But a recent river trip through Albuquerque now rates as my favorite . . .

"Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures . . . are ideal for families and novices. Yet the trips are full of excitement."

New Mexico Magazine

Guided Adventures include:

  • The watercraft rental* and paddle.

  • PFD (life vest) and all required safety equipment.

  • A 12 minute safety and instructional video prior to your departure.

  • An interpretive and instructional guide (or guides)

  • On-shore orientation prior to launch, including fundamental hydrology principals and basic paddling instruction

  • Bottled water throughout the tour

  • A light picnic along the river

  • Passenger Van Shuttle to and from the river.

  • *You are welcome to provide your own canoe, kayak or SUP. A discount of $10.00 per watercraft will be applied.

Recommended for those with limited experience paddling on moving water, our guided adventures offer an opportunity to take in the tremendous scenery of the middle Rio Grande valley while paddling your own canoe, kayak or SUP, (paddle rafts are also available for those who don't want to take their own watercraft), all with the added benefit of a professional guide who is familiar with the nuances of this particular stretch of river. 

Rates:

  • $70.20 per person. Your choice of individual kayak, tandem canoe, stand up paddleboard, or paddle raft
  • Children under 12 floating along with one adult in a kayak, solo canoe or SUP, or with two adults in a canoe: $20.00. (Does not apply to paddle rafts). 
  • Full Tour Descriptions may be found at the Tour Descriptions page.

  • Information on Sunset Floats , Full Moon Floats , the Freedom Fourth Fireworks Float, and other special events may be found at the Special Events page.

  • Details on Albuquerque's popular International Balloon Fiesta Kayak & Canoe Tours can be found at the Float the Fiesta! page.

New Mexico Magazine

Current Options

We'll be offering one of the following at 11:00 AM Daily from Sunday, November 5th through Saturday, March 10th: Please click through for the current schedule and rates.


Additional Details

  • $70.20 per person includes rental of individual kayak, tandem canoe, stand up paddleboard, or paddle raft, paddle, life vest and a passenger van shuttle to and from the river, guide support, basic instruction, bottled water throughout the tour, and a light picnic along the river.

  • Children under 12 floating along with one adult in a kayak, solo canoe or SUP, or with two adults in a canoe are $36.00. (Does not apply to paddle rafts).

  • Limit of one adult per kayak or stand up paddleboard, or two adults per canoe

  • Raft Pricing: Paddle Rafts require at least 4 passengers to reserve, with a maximum of 8 total passengers per raft. The first four are $70.20 each; additional paddlers are $52.20 each

    • For 7 people:

      • First 4 at $70.20 ($280.80), 3 Add'l at $52.20 ($150.60). Total for 7 people: $437.40 (Average of $62.49 per person)

    • For 11 people:

      • First 4 at $70.20 ($280.80), Raft Two: First 4 at $70.20 ($280.80), 3 Add'l at $52.20 ($150.60). Total for 11 people: $712.20 (Average of $64.75 per person)

  • Limit of one adult per kayak or stand up paddleboard, or two adults per canoe. 
  • Paddle Rafts can accommodate up to 8 adults
  • River Classifications and degree of difficulty will vary depending upon flow levels. See the Current River Conditions page for current flow conditions and additional information on the Expanded Class I River Classification methodology used here.
  • Please see the Waiver, Terms & Conditions page for links to download our waiver, as well as information on our policies and procedures.

Minimum Recommendations for Guided Guests:

  • Be a competent swimmer, comfortable both underwater and swimming in current.

  • Wear your life jacket! New Mexico requires the use of a life jacket at all times when paddling. A PFD provides additional flotation to swim safely in current, as well as core insulation in cooler water conditions.

  • Be reasonably fit. While paddling is not a strenuous activity, participants should have sufficient fitness to walk a couple of hundred yards without assistance. (If walking 100 - 200 yards would be exhausting for you, please discuss with us prior to making a reservation. Choosing a guided raft tour may be more appropriate for you).

Reservations

Reservations are required for all guided adventures. 

Call to book at 505-771-1234 (Landlines outside of the ABQ metro area, call toll free: (877) 45-FLOAT [(877) 453-5628])

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