Featured Event

Saturday, May 20

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Interpretive Rio Grande Float

Join New Mexico Wild and Quiet Waters Paddling to explore the primitive aspects of the lifeline of New Mexico from Bernalillo to the Alameda Bridge in Albuquerque. Our experienced guides and conservationists will provide history and discuss important issues about this highly managed, but gorgeous stretch of the Rio Grande River.  

This outing features the spectacular bosque restoration work along Santa Ana Pueblo. Many wildflowers bloom in September, while late summer flow conditions lead to slower current speeds and a relaxed pace

Cost: $75, including canoe, kayak, or inflatable kayak, gear, guides, light lunch, and shuttle. Approximately 2 hours on the water.. 

Special Events Overview

We've earned a reputation over the years for offering unique and innovative paddling outings featuring Albuquerque's spectacular Rio Grande. Our renowned International Balloon Fiesta Paddling Adventures (Float the Fiesta!) are just one example. From Sunset Floats highlighting Albuquerque's beautiful Sandia Mountains garbed in stunning late afternoon light and shadows, to Full Moon Floats which find us paddling under moonlight along with the Rio's ubiquitous beavers, we offer a wide variety of special events throughout the year.

In 2016 we introduced the Freedom Fourth Fireworks Float, where we witness the Albuquerque area's most elaborate fireworks display from the serenity of the river adjoining the Corrales Bosque, all while avoiding the crowds and traffic at Balloon Fiesta Park.

Scroll down for currently scheduled events. We'll update this page with new events as they are added.

 

Special Events: August, 2017

Guided Sunset Floats

The Sandia Mountains are locally famous for their spectacular color display in the light of the setting sun, and there is no perspective in the area that surpasses that offered by the Rio Grande! 

We'll determine our route the day of the event, enjoying magnificent views of the Sandia’s as they undergo their daily transformation into the “watermelon mountains”.  We'll be off the water at dusk, then return to our outdoor patio for the after-party (BYOB), where we'll enjoy a cozy campfire, a soak in our hot tub, and an assortment of light snacks, complete with S’mores!

Guided Sunset Floats include:

  • The watercraft rental* and paddle.

  • Passenger Van Shuttle to and from the river.

  • 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

  • After-party at our outdoor patio with an assortment of snacks provided

  • Hot Tub available (bring swimwear)

  • Campfire (S'Mores included!)

  • BYOB - Those who wish may bring adult beverages to enjoy at the after-party

Minimum Recommendations for Guided Sunset Float Participants:

  • 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 several 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).

Additional Details

  • "Child under 12 floating with an Adult" rate applies to children floating along with one adult in a kayak, solo canoe or SUP, or with two adults in a canoe. (Does not apply to paddle rafts).
  • Paddle Raft Pricing details: Base rate includes up to four participants. Each additional participant is priced individually.
  • 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.
Serenity

Saturday, August 5th: Guided Sunset Float

Time
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Route
TBD
River Time
2 - 3 Hours (Will vary dependent upon route)
Classification
Class I - Class II (Will vary dependent upon route)
Rates
Kayak: $79
Stand-Up Paddleboard: $79
Tandem Canoe: $79 per person ($158 for two adults)
Paddle Raft: $299 (includes and requires 4 passengers) $57.50 for each additional
Child under 12 floating with an Adult: $39 (Kayak or Canoe - See details above)
Canoe

Saturday, August 19th: Guided Sunset Float

Time
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Route
TBD
River Time
2 - 3 Hours (Will vary dependent upon route)
Classification
Class I - Class II (Will vary dependent upon route)
Rates
Kayak: $79
Stand-Up Paddleboard: $79
Tandem Canoe: $79 per person ($158 for two adults)
Paddle Raft: $299 (includes and requires 4 passengers) $57.50 for each additional
Child under 12 floating with an Adult: $39 (Kayak or Canoe - See details above)
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Special Events: September. 2017

Interpretive Tour

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Interpretive Rio Grande Float

Join New Mexico Wild and Quiet Waters Paddling to explore the primitive aspects of the lifeline of New Mexico from Algodones to the HWY 550 Bridge in Bernalillo. Our experienced guides and conservationists will provide history and discuss important issues about this highly managed, but gorgeous stretch of the Rio Grande River.  

This is a very mellow float trip with few sections of fast moving water.

NM Wild Interpretive Tour includes:

  • The watercraft rental* and paddle.

  • Passenger Van Shuttle to and from the river.

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

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

  • Interpretive and instructional guides 

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

  • Bottled water throughout the tour

  • Light picnic provided

  • Minimum Recommendations for Interpretive Tour Participants:

  • 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 several 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).

Additional Details

  • "Child under 12 floating with an Adult" rate applies to children floating along with one adult in a kayak, solo canoe or SUP, or with two adults in a canoe. (Does not apply to paddle rafts).
  • Limit of one adult per kayak or stand up paddleboard, or two adults per canoe. 
  • 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.

Guided Sunset Floats

The Sandia Mountains are locally famous for their spectacular color display in the light of the setting sun, and there is no perspective in the area that surpasses that offered by the Rio Grande! 

We'll determine our route the day of the event, enjoying magnificent views of the Sandia’s as they undergo their daily transformation into the “watermelon mountains”.  We'll be off the water at dusk, then return to our outdoor patio for the after-party (BYOB), where we'll enjoy a cozy campfire, a soak in our hot tub, and an assortment of light snacks, complete with S’mores!

Guided Sunset Floats include:

  • The watercraft rental* and paddle.

  • Passenger Van Shuttle to and from the river.

  • 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

  • After-party at our outdoor patio with an assortment of snacks provided

  • Hot Tub available (bring swimwear)

  • Campfire (S'Mores included!)

  • BYOB - Those who wish may bring adult beverages to enjoy at the after-party

Minimum Recommendations for Guided Sunset Float Participants:

  • 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 several 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).

Additional Details

  • "Child under 12 floating with an Adult" rate applies to children floating along with one adult in a kayak, solo canoe or SUP, or with two adults in a canoe. (Does not apply to paddle rafts).
  • Paddle Raft Pricing details: Base rate includes up to four participants. Each additional participant is priced individually.
  • 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.
Blue Heron perched against an azure sky

Saturday, September 9th: Guided Sunset Float

Time
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Route
To be Determined
River Time
2 - 3 Hours (Dependent upon route and flows)
Classification
Class I - Class II (Will vary dependent upon route)
Rates
Kayak: $79 Child under 12 floating with an Adult: $39 (Kayak or Canoe - See details above)
Stand-Up Paddleboard: $79
Tandem Canoe: $79 per person ($158 for two adults)
Paddle Raft: $299 (includes and requires 4 passengers) $57.50 for each additional
Child under 12 floating with an Adult: $39 (Kayak or Canoe - See details above)
NM Wild on the Rio

Sunday, September 10th: NM Wild Interpretive Tour

Time
9:30 - 1:30
Route
Algodones to Bernalillo
River Time
2 Hours
Classification
Class I+ (1.1 - 1.5)
Rates
Kayak: $75
Inflatable Kayak: $75
Stand-Up Paddleboard: $75
Tandem Canoe: $75 per person ($150 for two adults)
Child under 12 floating with an Adult: $37.50 (Kayak, Inflatable Kayak or Canoe - See details above)
Sunset on the Bosque

Saturday, September 23: Guided Sunset Float

Time
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Route
TBD
River Time
2 - 3 Hours (Will vary dependent upon route)
Classification
Class I - Class II (Will vary dependent upon route)
Rates
Kayak: $79
Stand-Up Paddleboard: $79
Tandem Canoe: $79 per person ($158 for two adults)
Paddle Raft: $299 (includes and requires 4 passengers) $57.50 for each additional
Child under 12 floating with an Adult: $39 (Kayak or Canoe - See details above)