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Santa Fe Rafting white water rafting on the Taos Box section on the Rio Grande in New Mexico.

Rio Grande Taos Box


Time on the water: 4 hours


Rio Grande

Adventure Level

Expert & wild

Departure Time

8:00 AM

River Rating

class III-VI

Minimum Age


Travel Time from Santa Fe

1.15 HOUR


$130.00 ADULT + TAX

$120.00 MINOR + TAX


Welcome to the ultimate white water adventure in New Mexico – the Taos Box section of the Rio Grande! If you're an experienced white water boater seeking a thrilling and scenic ride, look no further. Santa Fe Rafting Company is here to take you on an unforgettable journey through this stunning wilderness.

Prepare for a day of heart-pounding excitement and natural beauty. Our guided tour begins in Santa Fe, where we'll transport you to the put-in at John Dunn Bridge, the gateway to the Taos Box. As you embark on this incredible journey, you'll encounter:

  • Taos Gorge Bridge: You'll raft under the awe-inspiring Taos Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System and the fifth highest bridge in the United States, towering a remarkable 650 feet above the Rio Grande. The views from this vantage point are simply breathtaking.

  • Scenic Lunch Break: Midway through the adventure, we'll pause for a well-deserved lunch by the river. Enjoy a hearty, delicious meal that will energize both our skilled guides and our adventurous guests for the exciting stretch known as the "hour of power."

  • The "Hour of Power": Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime as we navigate through challenging rapids, including Powerline, Ski Jump, and the infamous Rock Garden. This heart-pounding segment of the journey is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

  • Final Rapid - Sunset: Our grand finale is the exhilarating Sunset rapid, a perfect way to cap off an action-packed day.

  • As our journey comes to an end, we'll take out at Taos Junction Bridge. You'll find your warm, dry transportation ready and waiting to take you back to Santa Fe. Reflect on the incredible experiences of the day as you travel through the enchanting New Mexico landscape.

The Taos Box section is an adventure like no other, designed for experienced white water enthusiasts who crave the excitement of challenging rapids and the awe of natural wonders. Book your trip today and embark on an unforgettable white water journey!

Santa Fe Rafting provides you with all the necessary personal boating equipment, safety speech, and training to successfully voyage this challenging ride.


You will meet your River Guide at the Santa Fe Boat Yard fifteen minutes before your departure time and drive to the river "put-in" at John Dunn Bridge and boat 12 miles to the "take-out" at Taos Junction Bridge where your warm and dry transportation back to Santa Fe will be waiting. 

Santa Fe Rafting River Guide submerged in the rapids on the Taos Box on the Rio Grande in New Mexico


Meeting Point: Meet your river guide at the Santa Fe Boatyard, located at 1000 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505. Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time, ensuring a seamless start to your expedition. If specific pick-up plans at your hotel or the river are arranged, follow the agreed-upon schedule.

Complimentary Shuttle Service: Santa Fe Rafting Co. takes pride in being the only rafting company in northern New Mexico based in Santa Fe. This unique advantage allows us to offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from the river, not only saving you gas money but also adding convenience to your entire river trip experience.

Guided Journey with Interesting Insights: During the 45-minute to 1-hour drive to the river put-in, enjoy the company of our knowledgeable guides. They'll share fascinating facts about New Mexico's history and geology, enriching your journey with insights into the local landscape.

Option to Meet at the River Take-out: While we encourage meeting at the Santa Fe Boatyard for the full experience, you do have the option to meet your guide at the designated river take-out. For instance, if your post-rafting plans involve heading towards Taos, feel free to park at the "take-out" location of your designated trip. This way, you can seamlessly continue your adventure without the need to return to Santa Fe. Plan accordingly based on your next destination.

Inform Us of Your Meeting Preference: If you choose to meet us directly at the river take-out, please call or email us in advance to inform us of your preference. Your communication ensures that we are well-prepared and ready to accommodate your chosen meeting point.

At Santa Fe Rafting Co., we strive to provide flexibility and convenience to enhance your overall experience. Whether meeting at the Santa Fe Boatyard or opting for a river put-in rendezvous, we look forward to ensuring your white-water rafting adventure is both thrilling and hassle-free. Feel free to reach out with any additional questions or specific requirements – we're here to make your river trip unforgettable!

Santa Fe Rafting Co. - White Water Rafting Trip Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Period: Upon confirmation of your reservation, you may cancel your white-water rafting trip outside of 72 hours from the scheduled departure time and receive a full refund.

Forfeiture Within 72 Hours: Any cancellation within 72 hours of your scheduled rafting trip will result in the forfeiture of any refund for the reservation.

Assured/Guaranteed Reservation: Santa Fe Rafting Company operates under special permits from the Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office, and USFS Santa Fe National Forest. Reservations, once confirmed, become assured/guaranteed reservations.

Cancellation or Denial by SFR: SFR reserves the right to cancel or deny any person's participation in a trip or guided activity based on safety issues related to medical conditions, physical limitations, water levels, river conditions, and wildfire. Trips go out rain or shine, and river activities proceed even in the case of thunderstorms.

No Exceptions to the Cancellation Policy: Santa Fe Rafting Company does not make exceptions to the cancellation policy for any reason, including personal illness or injury. No refunds will be given for late arrivals, no-shows, or early departures.

Trip Insurance Encouraged: We strongly urge our guests to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance to protect against unforeseen circumstances through your preferred travel insurance company. We do not offer trip insurance through our booking system. 

Refund Details:

  • Outside 72-Hours: Reservations canceled outside of 72 hours from the scheduled departure time will receive a 100% refund.

  • Within 72-Hours: Reservations canceled within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time will not receive a refund or trip credit.

Thank you for your understanding and adherence to our cancellation policy. We look forward to providing you with an exceptional white-water rafting experience.

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