"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”
Update – July 27, 2023
As flows have now settled into a seasonal average range throughout the reach, we've adjusted our schedule and calendar to take advantage of the narrower and deeper river channel from Algodones to Corrales, and now have options of 2 or 3 hours on our guided outings, and have also added a one our float from Bernalillo to Corrales for self-guided guests. Click through the links immediately below for details and pricing of the assorted options.
Raft outings remain available for those who prefer rafting to individual watercraft, but are not enabled for online booking at the moment. Parties of 4 or more interested in rafting please call to book.
Those considering venturing out without guide support should review ourrecommendations for self-guided guests to help evaluate whether your group has appropriate skills to manage the watercraft without incident. As always, our Current River Conditions, page has extensive details on what to expect at varying flows in respect to current speeds, water depth and common hazards.
Flatwater destinations for the casual paddler looking to rent watercraft include Cochiti Lake Recreation Area, always popular due to its proximity to ABQ, with other popular day trip alternatives including Fenton Lake, Santa Cruz Lake (Open Thursday through Sunday), and Storrie Lake - all within an hour and a half of Albuquerque. Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available for online booking.Those lacking appropriate vehicles to transport hardshell kayaks or canoes may want to consider our inflatable paddleboards (SUPs), which can be outfitted with a kayak seatback for those who prefer the kayaking experience to paddleboarding.
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New Mexico strictly prohibits operation of any watercraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Please save the party for after the river.