The Taos Box is the centerpiece of one of the U.S.' first Wild and Scenic Rivers, and a premier Class IV whitewater rafting run situated entirely within the 1000' black lava walls of the Rio Grande Gorge. This is a great trip for anyone looking to unplug for a day, get outside and get some adrenaline pumping! The trip will begin with two miles of easy and splashy Class I rapids, followed by nine miles of more difficult and technical Class II-IV rapids, and then culminate with the final five miles of Class IV-IV+ rapids, known as the “hour of power”. Far Flung Adventures has been safely navigating the waters of this section for over 40 years!
April 1-July 15 : Assuming a "normal" snowpack, the best whitewater river rafting conditions occur in May and June.
We welcome first-time rafters 12 years of age and older. You should be in normal good health and a good swimmer. We offer you two types of craft: The Experienced and those in good shape may request the more exciting paddle boat (not for the “faint of heart”), or you can opt for the oar powered craft where the guide does the work and you hang on.
Adult $98.13 Weekend Price $116.82 100% Deposit
The day will begin with a meeting time of 8:00 am at our office on the north side of Taos. There we will equip you with all necessary safety and river gear equipment, then load up and head to the river and the put-in for our 17 mile run down the world famous Taos Box.
The trip will begin with two miles of easy and splashy Class I rapids, followed by nine miles of more difficult and technical Class II-IV rapids, and then culminate in the final five miles of Class IV-IV+ rapids and continuous whitewater of the “hour of power”. This last section begins at the top of the nearly vertical “Powerline Falls” and then descends swiftly into constant whitewater and rapids such as “The Rockgarden” and “Screaming Left Hand Turn”. While crashing through the final class IV of the day, "Sunset Rapid", a photographer will capture some snapshots of your run. Following Sunset Rapid the canyon abruptly widens as we enter the tranquil Orilla Verde section, where shortly thereafter we will take-out at the Taos Junction Bridge.
In early season the Taos Box is what boaters call "a screamer", often runnable in as little as three hours floating time. However, most typically we will plan to return the participants to their vehicles between 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Halfway through the trip we will provide a delicious riverside lunch, most often including an array of home-roasted sandwich meats and homemade dips and salsas (see some of our recipes here). Our lovely deli lunch is a staple of the Far Flung experience, as 40 years in business has not only taught us the principles of reading white-water…but also of good food and healthy eating!
***Please let us know ahead of time about any allergies or special food requirements***
CANCELLATION POLICY: Reservation cancellation more than 2 weeks before trip date receives a refund minus 10% of trip cost. Less than two weeks before trip date forfeits deposit.
WE HAVE AN ASSIGNED LAUNCH TIME; IF YOU ARE MORE THAN 15 MINUTES LATE, YOU MAY MISS THE RAFT AND LOSE YOUR PAYMENT.