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Tackling the rapids of the mighty Rio Grande, the refreshing, cool, clear waters splash over you and into your raft! Paddling wildly, you’re soaring through stretches like “The Rock Garden,” where the river plunges 90 feet in less than a mile. Everyone in your group is grinning madly on this whitewater adventure. And you take a mental photograph because that’s all you have time for before the next class-four rapid.  “What a way to spend the day,” you think. And you’re right. Adventures like these come along only once or twice in a lifetime.

What to bring

White water rafting in northern New Mexico depends on snowmelt for its thrills. This means a bikini may not be appropriate attire for a day of adventure. Following are recommendations from various rafting companies on what to bring for an enjoyable day on the water:

  • Early season, many companies offer wetsuits at no extra charge. Contact your rafting company for recommendations on proper attire.
  • In warmer weather, lighter clothing may be acceptable.
  • Old tennis shoes or secure sport sandals.
  • Baseball cap or visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Cash for tipping your guide
  • Dry change of clothes for après rafting!
  • Bring a great attitude and be ready for some fun!


Rafting Adventures

NM Adventure Company

New Mexico Adventure Company

Drive yourself through the mountains of Red River.

220 E Main St
(575) 754-2721  Website


New Mexico River Adventures

New Mexico River Adventures specializes in the highest quality outdoor adventures in New Mexico.


Come experience the best whitewater rafting, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding on the Rio Grande. We also offer rock climbing and multi-day options for the entire family.

2217 NM-68 #86, Embudo, NM
1-800-983-7756  Website  Email    


Red River Angler and Sport

Red River Angler and Sport is a full service outdoor adventure center in Red River, NM.


We carry gear and book outdoor experiences. We also help you in getting your New Mexico fishing license.

421 E Main St
575-754-5086  Website  


Sitzmark Sports & Lodging

Sitzmark Sports & Lodging

Lodging, ski/snowboard/snowshoe rentals. Booking agent for fishing, rafting. Bicycle and surrey rentals. Bait and tackle shop, skateboard shop. Disc golf and full bike shop.


AMENITIES: Non-Smoking Units, Kitchens, High Speed Internet Access, Fireplaces, Military Discount

RATES: $$-$$$$

UNITS: 9 units

416 W Main St
(575) 754-2525  Website  Email