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.

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Featured Events

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Freedom Fourth Fireworks Float

4th 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 5:30 pm. 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, July 13, 2019

NM Wilderness Alliance Interpretive Float

Join New Mexico Wilderness Alliance & Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures for a relaxing and educational paddling adventure through the restored Bosque through Santa Ana Pueblo and Rio Rancho Open Space!

Our outing will begin at 9:30 AM at our offices in Bernalillo with a short safety video followed by distribution of gear before departing to the put-in at the historic Baca Ranch in Algodones. Launching at about 10:30 AM, we'll spend the next three hours exploring the Rio as it passes along the spectacularly restored Bosque of Santa Ana Pueblo and Rio Rancho Open Space.

The northern reach through the pueblo features volcanic topography, and two small Class I rapids (artificial and part of the restoration work). We'll break for a light picnic along the way (picnic provided), 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 2019. 20% of the proceeds from this event will go to support NM Wild's ongoing efforts in environmental stewardship.

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!