The New Wave No Wave Float trip traverses a portion of the Orilla Verde section. Orilla Verde means “green banks” in Spanish. Once a State Park, it was handed over to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) some time ago. The BLM is a federal agency in the Department of the Interior that manages federal land that is not otherwise managed by another federal agency (such as the National Park Service, the Forest Service etc.). The Orilla Verde stretch of the Rio Grande is still called the “State Park” by some. It is 6 miles in length, extending from the upstream Taos Junction bridge to the downstream village of Pilar. Hwy 570 leaves Hwy 68 at Pilar and parallels the river through Orilla Verde, then crosses Taos Junction bridge, turns to dirt and climbs steeply out of the gorge. BLM provides a number of both modern and primitive campsites, river access points, fishing access points, trails, day-use toilets and such throughout Orilla Verde. The State stocks rainbow trout in Orilla Verde, and fishermen can expect to also catch brown trout, smallmouth bass, pike, suckers and carp. The New Wave No Wave trip is generally placid throughout Orilla Verde, with only two Class 2 (easy) rapids. One is at the gauging station, halfway through Orilla Verde, and the other is in Pilar. Thus, Orilla Verde offers a very pleasant float trip, which New Wave Rafting Co. offers to the public. Lastly, Orilla Verde is the downstream-most stretch of river in the newly-designated Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, which is managed by the Taos office of the BLM.
“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!
Cholla cactus and funyaks on the river
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.
Bighorn sheep ram
Or a bighorn sheep. Also taken in the Rec Area. Or a coyote.
The New Wave No Wave Scenic Float in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area
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!
Spring Break on the Rio Grande continues! Today we had the Griffin family, from Chandler, AZ, on the morning New Wave No Wave float trip. It was Mom and Dad and their four youngsters. This trip takes place in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Sancho was their guide. In the afternoon, we had the Contreras family, from El Paso, again with Sancho, on the Racecourse run. Today’s high was 66 degrees, without a breath of wind. Gorgeous!
The Griffen family, on the New Wave No Wave float trip