RIO GRANDE ORILLA VERDE Scenic Half-Day River Rafting Trips
TAOS JUNCTION BRIDGE TO THE QUARTZITE TAKE OUT. This Rio Grande rafting trip traverses the relatively calm water of the Orilla Verde National Recreation Area. The open canyon allows scenic views of basalt cliffs, high desert and riparian habitat.
SEASON: April 1 - September 30. Trips are available throughout with the best whitewater conditions generally occurring in May and June. Click here to reserve a trip.
PARTICIPANTS: We welcome first-time rafters 4 years of age and older. You should be in normal good health. Guides will do the navigating in oar-powered rafts or paddle boats may be requested for those who would like to participate.
COST: $55 per person, with 50% advance deposit required. Children under 12 years old are $45. Group discounts are available.
SAMPLE ITINERARY: We meet at Pilar Cafe, located 16 miles south of Taos, New Mexico, on State Highway 68-mile marker 28), at 8:30 A.M. or 12:30 P.M. Click here for Google map (will open in new browser window) or Click here for Far Flung Adventure map.
The ancient lava flow through which we float is scenic and accessible. The river winds its way through willow and tamarisk, providing prime bird habitat. Several Class II rapids occur throughout the outing, in between calm stretches perfect for swimming. We float through the village of Pilar, New Mexico where we will observe a quiet zone to minimize the impact of our passage through this historic, small New Mexico community.
GROUP SIZE: This Rio Grande rafting trip is scheduled upon request for parties of 4 or more. Discounts available for groups of 12 or more.
OAR OR PADDLE RAFTS: If you are the adventurous type, a paddle boat is the way to go. Guests with smaller children may request an oar powered raft.
NOTE: Spring and Summer weather conditions are quite variable. The morning’s rain will likely turn to sun by afternoon, and vice-versa. We cancel only during the most extraordinary weather or water conditions. Please phone our office if you have any doubts about anticipated the river rafting conditions.