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Commercial and Private River Adventures

Commercial river outfitters are permitted by the Bureau of Land Management to provide trips to the public. All companies meet strict guidelines for equipment safety and guide experience.

You may also take your own (or rented) boat down these rivers.


Professionally-Outfitted Trips
Most companies offer a choice between an oar-powered trip, where passengers simply ride along, or a more active trip where passengers help paddle the raft under the direction of a guide.

Children are welcome on trips - the minimum age ranges from 4 years, for trips on quiet sections of river, up to 14 years for the Taos Box at high water. Please ask your outfitter about their age requirements at the current water flows.

All outfitters provide transportation to and from established locations in the Taos and Santa Fe areas. They will often be able to meet special requirements and can arrange for large groups with advance notice.

Each company offers a variety of trips lasting a few hours to two or more days. Half-day trip prices range between $30 and $45; full day trip prices range from $65 to $90 per person, while overnight trips average $90 to $125 per day. Some companies provide food and transportation for their customers. 

Self-Outfitted (Private) Trips
Private boaters are also required to abide by river safety and environmental regulations. An advanced permit is required for most trips on the Rio Chama leaving from El Vado (Cooper's) Ranch. Registration is required on the Ute Mountain, La Junta, Taos Box, Racecourse and Bosque sections of the Rio Grande. Contact the Taos Field Office for additional information on private boating.