Tour Descriptions

We are currently operating along approximately 18 miles of the middle Rio Grande, from the village of Algodones in the north, to the Alameda Bridge at the northern city limits of Albuquerque.

 

Tour offerings will vary depending upon time of year, current flow levels and other factors, although we generally schedule tours from north to south throughout the day. Please see our calendar page for our current schedule.

"The Coronado"

Covering a stretch of river that encompasses the area the Coronado campaign wintered in 1540, this adventure will put in among a beautiful stand of cottonwoods in Algodones, then traverse approximately 9 1/2 miles of remarkably secluded Rio Grande valley. The upper section of this trip passes through Santa Ana Pueblo and features fascinating volcanic topography and two small, Class I rapids. Flows above 1200 cfs may create occasional Class II conditions.

 

The "Abreviar" version stops at Bernalillo, while those choosing to continue for the additional hour experience the Rio changing character as it widens and slows, offering a taste of the "Bosque" tours. Higher flow levels (above 1500 cfs) may allow exploration of several secondary river channels, while riverbanks dominated by majestic old-growth cottonwood open regularly to reveal spectacular views of the Sandia mountains.

 

"Coronado" Adventures:

  • "The Coronado" – Algodones to Corrales – 9 ½ miles – 3 - 3 1/2 Hours of River Time

  • "The Coronado Abreviar" – Algodones to Bernalillo – 5 ½ miles – 2 Hours of "River Time"

 

 

"The Bosque"

As the Rio Grande passes through Rio Rancho and Corrales, the river slowly widens, braiding into multiple channels as it meanders through seemingly endless cottonwood Bosque. Although these adventures are quite close to the sprawling development of greater Albuquerque, it's a surreal wilderness experience on the water, as the east bank is dominated by the Sandia Pueblo lands, while the west bank is dominated by Rio Rancho Open Space and the protected Corrales Bosque preserve.

 

Numerous islands and sandbars along the way offer multiple options to break for a snack or a refreshing swim. Approaching Alameda, the Rio spills into numerous narrow channels, winding its way through several small islands, providing a tropical wetlands feel. Songbirds and waterfowl are plentiful in this section, and the views and sense of solitude are remarkable. This is a very mellow float trip with few sections of fast moving water.

 

"Bosque" Adventures:

  • "The Bosque" - Corrales to Alameda – 8 1/2 miles – 3 Hours of river time
  • "One Hour along the Bosque"Bernalillo to Corrales – 4 miles – One Hour of river time
  • "The Bosque Grande" - Bernalillo to Alameda – 12 1/2 miles – 4 Hours of river time

 

"The Expedition"

For a full day on the river, "The Expedition" tour provides an opportunity to float the full 18 miles of the Rio Grande, experiencing the river changing character from the narrower, quicker channel to the north, to the braided, wetlands-flavored bosque immediately north of Albuquerque proper.

  • "The Expedition" – Algodones to Alameda – 18 miles - 6 - 6 1/2 Hours of "River Time"

Note: Those interested in "The Bosque", "Bosque Grande", or "Expedition" adventures should be aware that at times of flow levels below 700 cfs, the last two miles approaching Alameda Blvd will be extremely shallow (12" - 18" in the primary channel), with numerous sandbars and mudflats in play.

Successful navigation of this section requires exceptionally good shallow water river reading skills. Those less comfortable reading shallow water rivers should consider choosing "The Coronado" adventure, or joining one of our guided tours instead. Please see our Current River Conditions page for a more detailed discussion.