All trips are required to meet at the Boatyard location in Santa Fe, unless other arrangements are made by speaking with us personally. Messages are not allowed as a way to inform us of  a change in meeting place.

Directions to the Boatyard:
Take Exit 282 off I-25 onto St. Francis Drive – Go North approx. 3 miles to Cordova Road. Turn Left onto Cordova Road and proceed to next stop light. Turn Right onto Cerrillos. We are on the right in about 100 yards.

Click on map at right for Google maps

Trips leave the Boatyard:
Taos Box 8:00 AM
½ Day AM 9:00 AM
½ Day PM 12:00 AM
Full RGG 9:00 AM
(Floats same time as ½ Day trips)

Directions to meet us at the Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque

Go North on St Francis Dr/US-285 N/US-84 W
Continue to follow US-285 N/US-84 W for 15.5 mi
Take the NM-502 W exit toward Los Alamos 0.2 mi
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Cities of Gold Rd 138 ft
Turn right at Los Alamos Hwy 259 ft
Turn right at Cities of Gold Rd
Cities of Gold will be on the left 85 ft

Click on map at right for Google maps

For pickup times add 15 minutes to Boatyard times
Ex: ½ Day AM 9:15

Directions to meet at the River:

Go North on St Francis Dr/US-285 N/US-84 W
Continue to follow US-285 N/US-84 W for 24.0 mi
In Espanola, follow signs for NM-68 N/Riverside Dr
Continue to follow NM-68 N 22.5 mi

Racecourse and Rio Grande Gorge Trips meet at Mile Marker 24
Meet in top parking lot

Taos Box trips meet 5 miles further north on NM-68 N at the BLM’s Rio Grande Gorge Visitor’s Center, just beyond Mile Marker 28

For pickup times add 1 hour to Boatyard times for County Line and 65 minutes for BLM Visitor’s Center
Ex: ½ Day AM departs Santa Fe at 9:00 meet at County Line at 10:00

Santa Fe Rafting
(888) 988.4914
(505) 988.4914
Welcome to the 2014 Rafting Season

Hey there everyone in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico looking for a rafting adventure. We at Santa Fe Rafting are opening up our doors for the 2014 season! Our guides have been out and about on the Rio Grande all spring rafting the Racecourse and the Lower Taos Box in the sun, the rain, and the snow. Now they are ready to give you the rafting experience of a lifetime! The weather is warming up and the river is flowing, so whether you are already here and ready to go, or coming to visit New Mexico this summer, we have the Taos Rafting and Santa Fe Rafting experiences that you are looking for!


We have rafting trips for anyone and everyone looking for a fantastic experience in the outdoors. Whether you want a half day of relaxation, to 3 days of spectacular experiences, we have the right trip for you. Our Lower Gorge float trip is a fantastically relaxing half day floating through the Orilla Verde Recreation area in the newly created Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Just downstream is the world famous Racecourse section of the Rio Grande where you will paddle through many fun class three rapids. If it sounds better to you to really get out there, then we have just the trip. Our 3 day Chama trip combines incredible scenery with five star camping in one of New Mexico’s wild and scenic river canyons.


The river is currently a bit too low to run the stunning rapids of the Lower Taos Box, but we are hoping that we will see enough water come down from the mountains to allow us to run this genuine gem of the southwest, so stay tuned if you are interested in class 4 whitewater!


Some of you may be wondering what our season will look like this year. Well, we have been keeping a close eye on the weather this winter, and though we have seen drought conditions in New Mexico, there is still a good amount of snow in southern Colorado that we hope will head this way as the days get longer, and possibly even more to come in the high mountains. Conditions look good to give us a full season running the great New Mexico whitewater of the Rio Grande. Though we will probably not see high water like in some years past, we are lucky to have family friendly sections of whitewater that are fun no matter what the flow. So bring out the kids, or grandma and grandpa, because our family rafting trips are second to none!


We are also very excited for our 2014 Raft Guide School. If you have ever thought about being a river guide, then this is your chance! This is one of the few jobs where you can spend your work days out on the river, in the bright New Mexico Sun. Our River guide training program lasts about a week on the Racecourse section of the Rio Grande, and will qualify you to be a class 3 River Guide. We work hard and we have a lot of fun, if you think this job might be for you, then call: 505-988-4914 . You don’t have to want a job to come learn about the river. We love to show people about the river so much that you are welcome in our guide school even if you just want to know how to raft for your own purposes.

Spring Break

Happy Spring Break, Santa Fe!!!!! Come and celebrate with a fun family experience on the Rio Grande! With all of the spring snow melt in the river it is a great time to go rafting!