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 Interpretive Tours, 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.
Scroll down for currently scheduled events. We'll update this page with new events as they are added.
Guided Sunset Floats
Offered every other Saturday from April to September.
Please call 505-771-1234 for info on scheduling a Sunset Float for a private group (Requires 12 people minimum)
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 Sandias 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 and an assortment of light snacks, complete with S’mores!
Sunday, June 24, 2018
ABQ Audubon Society Sunrise Birding Float and Fundraiser!
Join the Central New Mexico Audubon Society and Quiet Waters Paddling on a sunrise kayak float to explore bird life along the Middle Rio Grande from Algodones to to North Corrales
Our experienced naturalist, Kim Score, will lead a sunrise interpretive birding trip and share her knowledge of the birds breeding along this gorgeous 9.5 mile stretch of river. Kim is a local wildlife biologist and birding guide with over 25 years of experience specializing in birding by ear- identifying birds by their songs and calls. She coordinates monthly field trips for the Central NM Audubon Society, and also leads regular bird walks at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in the South Valley.
Bring your own binoculars - or rent a pair from Kim - last year we identified 50 species of birds on our annual kayak trip! This will be a great opportunity to practice your bird identification skills and learn more about the natural history of birds breeding along this section of the river. Beginning bird watchers are welcome.
A portion of the proceeds of this float trip will be donated to the Central NM Audubon Society chapter, whose mission is to promote public appreciation of local birds and their habitats through education, conservation, outreach and citizen science efforts.
Wednesday, July 4th, 2018
Freedom Fourth Fireworks Float
3rd Annual Freedom Fourth Fireworks Float!
Enjoy ABQ's most spectacular fireworks display from the serenity of the Rio Grande, free from the traffic and chaos at Balloon Fiesta park! The adventure begins our offices at 5:30pm, After a short safety video, we'll head to the river and paddle through the Corrales Bosque at sunset. We'll stop at an island in the bosque with an unobstructed view of the pyrotechnics, and enjoy an assortment of snacks as we take in the show.
We'll embark again following the display - in the dark - and float the last couple of miles to the takeout under moonlight, likely accompanied by the Rio Grande's nocturnal beavers.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
New Mexico WIlderness Alliance Bosque Float & Fundraiser!
Join New Mexico Wilderness Alliance & Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures for a relaxing and educational paddling adventure through the spectacularly restored bosque adjoining Santa Ana Pueblo and Rio Rancho Open Space!
We'll spend approximately three hours exploring the Rio from Algodones to the Norther end of Corrales. Santa Ana Pueblo has done extensive restoration through the first half of this trip; shortly after clearing Hwy 550 in Bernalillo, we'll enjoy the Rio Rancho bosque reach until we reach the takeout.
We'll provide a light picnic along the way, where we'll have an opportunity to discuss some of the issues facing the Rio Grande, as well as the other current projects the staff of NM Wild has prioritized for 2018. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support NM Wild's ongoing efforts in environmental stewardship.