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Sous Hole on the Mighty Rio Grande River in New Mexico. Santa Fe Rafting Co. is the best rafting outfitter in New Mexico to take you and your family on rapids down the rio grande.

Rio Grande Racecourse


Time on the water: 2.5- 3 hours


Rio Grande

Adventure Level

moderately technical & challenging depending on water level

Departure Times

9:00 am, 12:00 pm

River Rating

class II-III

Minimum Age


Travel Time from Santa Fe



$77.00 ADULT + TAX

$72.00 MINOR + TAX


Welcome to the Rio Grande Half Day Race Course Section, a thrilling adventure on New Mexico's famous river and our most popular trip! We're delighted to offer two trips daily, ensuring you experience the beauty and excitement of the Rio Grande.

Morning Adventure (9:00 AM MST Departure):

Embark on an unforgettable journey as you set sail at 9:00 AM MST from Santa Fe. You'll spend a heart-pounding 3 hours navigating the river's class II-III rapids. Get ready for an adrenaline rush as you and your family conquer the waves. Make sure you've got your appetite covered before the trip with either breakfast or lunch and we will provide a wholesome snack to keep you satisfied after the trip for the ride back to Santa Fe. The adventure concludes as we return to Santa Fe around 3:00/3:30 PM MST.

After your morning exhilarating river experience, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy an evening in Santa Fe. Whether it's savoring fine dining, catching a movie, exploring Meow Wolf, or attending a concert at the Rail Yard, the city offers a perfect end to your day.

Afternoon Expedition (12:00 PM MST Departure):

For those seeking a later start, our afternoon trip departs from Santa Fe Boatyard at 12:00 PM. You'll have a blast tackling the same thrilling rapids, and we'll aim to get you back in Santa Fe by 5:00/5:30 PM. It's the perfect way to end your day with a bang!

Why Choose the Rio Grande Half Day Race Course Section?

This section of the Rio Grande is renowned for its excitement and natural beauty. Here's what you can expect:

  • Thrilling Rapids: Our race course section boasts 6 class II-III rapids that will provide a thrilling adventure while ensuring your safety.

  • Educational Insights: Your expert river guide will share fascinating information about the geology of the Rio Grande formation, adding depth to your experience.

  • Wildlife Encounters: If luck is on our side, you may spot some of New Mexico's captivating wildlife, including Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Great Blue Herons, and river otters. Keep your eyes ready for those unique moments!

  • Spectacular Scenery: The journey will take you past towering rose quartz rock walls, stunningly polished columnar basalt formations, and through the breathtaking rifts under New Mexico's wide-open skies.

Join us for a memorable adventure on the Rio Grande Half Day Race Course Section. Book your trip today and make unforgettable memories with your loved ones!

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



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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