“Best guides ever”.
“We had an awesome time!!!
“Best guides ever”.
“We had an awesome time!!!
“Very nice afternoon with my son on the racecourse. Orlando and Joey were our guides, and they were both professional, knowledgeable, and personable. There were three or four other rafting companies on the river at the same time, and my impression was that New Wave was just a bit more relaxed and competent. I highly recommend and will definitely book with New Wave again.”
Our latest testimonial.
“Great day on the river. Batman says hello. Orlando was our guide. He was very knowledgeable about the landscape and we shot the Rapids like pros. Orlando was the best and most informative about the river. Highly recommend Orlando for your next trip.”
“The absolute best! We took our family with 5 boys and had the BEST time. Orlando and Britt are so kind and super fun!”
Sumer Linder and family did the New Wave No Wave Float trip on 6-13-18. Guides Britt Runyon and Orlando Torres keep putting smiles on people’s faces!
The Rio Grande Recreation Area (formerly known as Orilla Verde) is part of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and is where we do our New Wave No Wave Float trip. And, yes, those cholla cactus are blooming right now.
You might see an otter. This photo was taken in the Rec Area.
Or a bighorn sheep. Also taken in the Rec Area. Or a coyote.
You can ask to use a funyak, at no extra charge.
The only thing you can’t do is go skiing!
Early June is when it happens. The cholla cactus blooms, transforming a menacing large cactus into a marvel! This cactus was photographed on 6/9/18, alongside the Rio Grande, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. New Wave Rafting Co travels this stretch of river in both its New Wave No Wave half-day float trip and its Monument full-day float trip. Do you want to do a sunset float trip? Just ask!
What else? Our half-day Racecourse and full-day Rio Grande Gorge trips, with optional funyaks at no extra cost! If you want to try a funyak – which are very easy to master – be sure to mention it to us when booking your trip. The river water is now warm and great for swimming. With summer temperatures here, the river is the best possible place to be!
The first photo shows the Monument Float trip section of the Rio Grande. Below the Monument Float, at Pilar, is the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic section, with the Racecourse Rapids. We’ve got it all!
The second photo is of a mayfly that landed on my hand while I was out fishing. Trout love mayflies, along with caddis flies, which are especially numerous this summer. They eat the immature (underwater), as well as the adult (on the water surface) stages of these insects. The mayfly shown here is a “Rusty spinner”, named because the mating adults spin around in a cloud above the water.
The cholla cactus flowers.
Early June is when it happens. The cholla cactus blooms, transforming a menacing large cactus into a marvel! This cactus was photographed on 6/8/18, alongside the Rio Grande, in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. New Wave Rafting Co travels this stretch of river in both its New Wave No Wave half-day float and its Monument full-day float. Do you want to do a sunset float? Just ask!
What else? Our half-day Racecourse and full-day Rio Grande Gorge trips, with optional funyaks at no extra cost – just ask for one. The river water is now warm and great for swimming. We saw a golden eagle along the river yesterday, and there are so many ducklings and goslings, you’ll be amazed. It’s a beautiful river!
Our other river is the Rio Chama, the next drainage to the west of the Rio Grande. It joins the Rio Grande at Española, just 20 miles to the south of our headquarters in Embudo. But it is remarkably unlike the Rio Grande in so far as its scenery is concerned. The Rio Grande runs along the Rio Grande Rift, which is responsible for the lava flows that have blanketed the Taos Plateau. The Rio Grande Gorge is cut into those grey and black flows.
The Rio Chama, on the other hand, is to the west of all that volcanic activity. It sits on the eastern margin of the Colorado Plateau, that area known for its sandstone scenery. The Rio Chama has cut a canyon into colorful sandstone formations – red, yellow and white strata are seen in the cliffs that contain the river. This is the sandstone scenery made famous in the paintings of Georgia O’Keefe, who lived in the Rio Chama Valley, in the small village of Abiquiu.
Reservoir storage on the Rio Chama is now providing good flows (800 cfs) for the 3-day Wilderness (from El Vado Reservoir) and 1-day Rio Chama (from Christ of the Desert Monastery) trips. Get three friends together and give us a call! 800-984-1444/www.newwaverafting.com