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Orella Verde Section on the Famous Rio Grande with Santa Fe Rafting. Relxing, site seeing white water float trip in New Mexico.

Rio Grande Orilla Verde


Time on the water: 2.5 hours


Rio Grande

Adventure Level

easy & mellow

Departure Times

9:00 am, 12:00 pm

River Rating

class I-II

Minimum Age


Travel Time from Santa Fe



$77.00 ADULT + TAX

$72.00 MINOR + TAX


Welcome to the serene and captivating Orilla Verde (Float) section of the Wild and Scenic Rio Grande, with  Santa Fe Rafting Company. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this breathtaking natural wonder with our daily river excursions.

Morning Trip (9:00 AM MST Departure):

Start your day with a sense of calm as you depart Santa Fe at 9:00 AM MST. Our morning trip is the perfect opportunity to unwind and connect with nature. Experience a relaxing, guided river journey that allows you to soak in the beauty of the Rio Grande. We'll return to the Santa Fe Rafting Company Boatyard by 3:00/3:30 PM MST, ensuring you have the afternoon to explore more of the Land of Enchantment.

Afternoon Trip (12:00 PM MST Departure):

For those who prefer a later start, our afternoon trip departs at 12:00 PM from Santa Fe and plan to return to Santa Fe by 5:00/5:30 PM MST. This excursion is ideal for adventurers of all ages. As we gently raft through calm, flat sections of the river, you'll have the chance to:

  • Bird Watch: Spot native birds along the riverbanks and take in their graceful beauty.

  • Swim: Cool off in the refreshing waters of the Rio Grande.

  • Connect: Enjoy a leisurely chat with fellow passengers, creating cherished memories together.

  • Savor the Fresh Air: Breathe in the pure New Mexico air beneath the expansive, open skies that stretch above the Rio Grande.

As your river journey comes to an end, your experienced raft guide will set up a delightful spread featuring a healthy, savory, and sweet snack. You'll savor this delicious treat at Quartzite River access, where your warm, dry transportation back to Santa Fe will be ready and waiting.

The Orilla Verde Float section offers a serene escape, perfect for those seeking a more laid-back adventure. It's an excellent choice for families and travelers of all ages. Come and experience the magic of the Rio Grande with us. Book your trip today and let the river carry you to relaxation and rejuvenation!

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


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 Lone Juniper and boat 6 miles to the "take-out" at Quartzite.


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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