“Thank you Steve, we had a blast. Brent made it fun.
We’ll be back for sure next year, and the following year etc.”
Steve Miller, VP of New Wave, has published an iBook that can be purchased from the iTunes store and viewed on a Mac device. This book presents the incredible scenery of the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States, in 596 inspiring photos, spread over 354 pages and including over 20 maps and a glossary. Four Chapters are devoted to the scenic Colorado Plateau regions of the four states that meet at the Four Corners – New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. This is the 4th iBook authored and published by Steve Miller on the outstanding scenic areas of the western United States, and is the work of 50 years of exploring every nook and cranny of the Southwest with his camera. A companion book: “Book Two – The Rivers” is in preparation. Look for Steve Miller’s other iBooks: The Grand, The Salt River and Coyote Buttes and The Wave.
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Just downstream of Taos Junction Rapid, on the Rio Grande of northern New Mexico, is a group of basalt rocks that, at high water, are vigorously washed by strong currents. The sediment carried by the high water sculpts and polishes these rocks. To my eye, the sculpting of the rocks model the river’s waves, while the polish on the rocks model the river’s gleam.
These basalt rocks are derived from the lava flows that the Rio Grande has cut through, in excavating the Rio Grande Gorge. Here, the river follows a very large systems of faults which, together, form the Rio Grande Rift. In New Mexico, this rift stretches north to south from the Colorado border, in the north, to the Texas border, in the south. It is these faults that spewed out the lava that covers much of this area. This north-central part of the state is now contained in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico, which makes us very proud. The Rio Grande Gorge is the centerpiece of the Monument, and it is neighbored by volcanic cones that stand above the flat lava-covered plateau, with herds of bighorn sheep, elk, pronghorn antelope and deer that graze there. The gorge also provides nesting habitat for raptors such as the golden eagle and peregrine and prairie falcons, while a winter retreat for bald eagles. One will see beaver, muskrats and even otters in the river, along with plenty of waterfowl, including wintering flocks of canada geese, goldeneyes, buffleheads, widgeons and gadwalls. And one can catch brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, northern pike and carp in the river.
Here are some of the critters mentioned above, all photographed along the Rio Grande.
What else? Well, of course, there is world-class whitewater available in the summer months, which includes the Taos Box run (and Taos Junction Rapid) that carries you 16 miles through the wilderness of the Rio Grande Gorge. Come visit us summer or winter!
America Outdoors Association Marketing and Management Conference, Dec. 2017
The New Wave crew does not take all winter off. Kathy and Steve Miller, President and VP of New Wave Rafting Co. respectively, attended the America Outdoors Association Marketing and Management Conference, held early this December in Reno, NV. This is, as you would suppose, our industry group, with the membership consisting of river guides, canoe liveries, dude ranches, horse packers, fishing lodges etc. Forward-looking outfitters attend this yearly event to discover new ways to upgrade their service to the outdoor-loving public.
While there, we made the acquaintance of Greg Mills and Steve Densley, of Maxxon Outfitters, who offer a line of high-quality, but yet very affordable, rafts, fishing craft and fly fishing equipment. Having, of course, little sales resistance, we purchased a one-person fishing raft and fly rod outfit, and await their arrival and a warm day to test them out. Here I (Steve) am, at their booth.
And speaking of fishing, we combined attendance at the Conference with a fishing trip to Pyramid Lake, NV, which lies less than 40 miles to the north of Reno. This lake is known for its population of Lahontan cutthroat trout, which grow to extraordinary sizes. The fishing was tough this year, with few fish caught and none that large. But last year was another story.
As to the Maxxon line of equipment – if we are as pleased with the equipment as we think we will be, we might wish to offer it to the public, through our online store (in development). It’s our belief that fly fishing equipment, in particular, is way over-priced, and that there is, therefore, a market for affordable equipment. What do you think?
Fall colors, bighorn sheep, brown trout and beautiful days! All photos were taken in September, October and November of this year.
It is the riverside cottonwoods that provide most of the color at this time of year. The Spanish word “bosque” means riverside grove of trees.
The Bosque is a “float” stretch, which passes by our riverside headquarters. In 2018, we will be offering a 3-mile long dinner float that will end at our cottonwood-shaded barbecue and dining area, beside a tranquil stretch of the Rio Grande.
For the first time in memory, a large group of bighorn sheep spent a number of weeks along the river, road and campgrounds in the Orilla Verde stretch. As can be seen, they did not at all mind the close approach of people and slowly moving cars.
The lower and clearer waters of this time of year makes for good trout fishing. My favorite fish is the self-sustaining brown trout, which, although originally brought over from Europe, is not now stocked.
Fall is over when the wintering bald eagles and diving ducks return (which include goldeneyes, buffleheads, ring-necked ducks and mergansers). Other waterfowl seen are the year-round mallards, Canada geese (some of which are year-round) and an occasional gadwall.
Guide Testimonial Britt Runyon, 7/29/17
“On Wednesday Susan and I took the most wonderful raft trip down the Rio Grande south of Taos. Our guide, for the second time, was our friend Britt Runyon, with New Wave Rafting. Britt has such a great love for this area, along with deep knowledge of the plants, animals and the river itself (and is such a great guy), that the trip was a total joy! We highly recommend him and the river itself.”
Britt is our Operations Manager. Every once in a while we try to figure out how long he has been with us – it’s been SO long! He started in 1985 or earlier!!
And he is our video and photography producer. You’ll see his work on the website.
Here, he photographed Kathy Miller, NWRCo. Pres., running Powerline Falls in the Taos Box this season.
and Bighorn sheep in the Taos Box, also this season.
Come rafting with us, and request Britt. He represents our vision of providing the most valuable river experience possible. And … help us save the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument (which includes the Taos Box) from the clutches of the current administration, which wants to downsize or eliminate National Monuments completely. Drop a line to: @SecretaryZinke.
(Guide Testimonial Britt Runyon)
(Guide Testimonial Britt Runyon)