Testimonial, 8-2-18. “Best guides ever”

“Best guides ever”.

“We had an awesome time!!!

Best guides ever. Joey and Orlando were fantastic, knowledgeable and and super fun. They had nothing but great things to say about you guys too.  You can tell they really love their job.  Coming back next year to do the Box.
Thank you so much.  So glad we called.
Amanda Holguin”

Testimonial, 7-28-18

Testimonial, 7-28-18

“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.”

Peter Kaplan

Testimonial, 6-13-18

“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


You can ask to use a funyak, at no extra charge.

Kathy, at Taos Ski Valley

The only thing you can’t do is go skiing!

Cholla Cactus Blooms Along the Rio Grande, NM

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!

The Rio Chama, Summer, 2018

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 Grande Gorge High Bridge

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.

the Rio Chama

Chama Rock, on the Rio Chama

Rio Chama Canyon, sandstone cliffs and cottonwood

Placid water

Hot spring

Gypsum cliff

Cliffs of Entrada Sandstone

Swiss cheese wall

You can catch rainbow and brown trout in the dam-release waters of the Rio Chama

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

Steve Miller Publishes “Four Cornered”

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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