Today our daughter and our 2 grandchildren went on your New Wave No Wave Float Trip.
It was a wonderful experience. The kids LOVED it. Our guide, Jessie, was delightful. We would ask for him again. The lunch was delicious, and the presentation was picture perfect. We felt like we were the Rockefeller’s. Thank you for offering this option for younger children. We will spread the word.
Vanette and David Harris”
When potential customers ask what distinguishes us from other companies, there’s just one answer: our customer service, which really means our guides. Jessie continues to get rave reviews and requests. Come and meet him!
The New Wave No Wave Scenic Float in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area
The gentle New Wave No Wave Float trip traverses the scenic Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument of northern New Mexico, and is perfect for kids of 4 or 5 years of age and for those who prefer a float to whitewater. Currently, we are trying to protect this National Monument from misguided attempts by the administration in in Washington to either eliminate it completely or alter its present configuration. This Monument is the product of years of advocacy by New Mexicans from every walk of life, and went through the designation process unopposed. Help us save it, so that you too can bring your grandkids to this beautiful place. Please tell your Congressional representatives to leave the Monument as is. Thanks!
Orilla Verde Recreation Area, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
When the Rio Grande drops below 600 cfs (cubic feet per second) we pull out our smaller rafts and our funyaks. While we will miss the Taos Box, which. because it is so steep and rocky, requires more than 600 cfs, we look forward to the fun of funyaks and our sport fleet. “Does the lower water level make the river easier?”, you may ask. Well … yes and no. The lower water is safer, in that you are not being rushed pell-mell downstream if you fall in. The water is warm and clear now , as well – 65 degrees warm as of 7-1-17 – making it much more fun for swimming. Yes, we do a lot of swimming during this part of our season. But the “no” part of the answer is that, while we have fewer big waves in the Rio, the lower water has allowed more rocks to break the surface – and we now have to maneuver around those exposed rocks. This makes the river more “technical” – meaning more rafting/funyakking technique is required. Either on the part of the guide, who may be shouting paddling commands at you, one after the other, or on your part, as you dodge between the rocks. Of course, everything else being equal, a funyak can thread the passages with greater ease than a raft. And, funyaks are more much stable and user-friendly than regular hard kayaks. We rent funyaks for 4 hr. unguided trips on the Class 2 Orilla Verde stretch, with shuttle included, and we provide funyaks on our regular trips at no extra cost, but you have to request them beforehand. Are you handy? Then you can likely handle a funyak.
Funyak, on the Racecourse in typical mid-summer conditions
Funyakking the Racecourse
One of our smaller rafts, on the Racecourse
Double funyak on the Racecourse section of the Rio Grande
Swimming a little fast water at After Five, photo by Jeff Heveron
Allison and her dad in a double funyak
Funyak negotiates Big Rocks Rapid, on the Racecourse
Today, the world-famous Pilar Yacht Club hosted a benefit breakfast for the Rio Grande Whitewater Festival. Pilar is the gateway to the lower stretch of the Rio Grande that is contained in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, also known as the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. Just look for the Pilar Yacht Club, which sits at the junction of State Hwy 68 and State Rd. 570, which leads you through the Monument. After yesterday’s rain, hail and snow, today is warm and beautiful.
Whitewater Festival and Rio Grande Rendezvous sign at the Pilar Yacht Club
Eva and Rico, our hosts at the Pilar Yacht Club
Chuck Zemack, of Los Alamos. At 84 years of age, he is one of the esteemed river running pioneers of New Mexico
Byron Sessions, former NWR guide, from Socorro and Steve Harris, of Rio Grande Restoration and Far flung Adventures
The rest of the Sessions family: Sharon, Sky (middle) and Rio. Sharon is a Professor of Physics at New Mexico Tech
The monsoon season has arrived, and right on schedule. Early July is when it predictably shows up, a function of moist, heated air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico, Sea of Cortez and the Pacific. When that moist air rises along the flanks of the high mountains of New Mexico and Arizona, big thunderstorms are the result. We’ve been having some doozies lately, with boulders falling onto Hwy 68. One crushed a State Trooper car. Side canyons are flooding, which discolors the Rio Grande (and ruins the fishing). But rafters needn’t worry about the lightning that accompanies these storms, as it invariably strikes the rims of the canyon that encloses the river. Here’s a photo of a normally dry side canyon known as Petaca, that is flooding into the Rio Grande in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, just up the road from Pilar.
Petaca Canyon, normally dry, floods into the Rio Grande
Earlier this month, the New Mexico River Outfitters Association (NMROA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held our annual River Guide Rendezvous, in conjunction with the annual Mothers Day Races. Cooking in a dutch oven is a staple of overnight river trips, so we have a dutch oven cookoff at this event. All entries were delicious, and all tied for first place! This event took place at the Rio Bravo CG, in the Orilla Verde section of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. As always, it was both fun and educational.
Elisha MacArthur’s entry
Stew and dessert
John Seiner, of Kokopelli, and organizer of the weekend’s events
River Woman, Kathleen Seiner
Our eminent geologist and guidebook author Paul Bauer, who either wanted his hat to be photographed or didn’t want his picture taken
In conjunction with our partners at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, we launched our 2014 season-opener this morning (the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip) , with the Midgen family of California. This trip starts in the Orilla Verde section of the newly-declared Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, passes through the little village of Pilar and finishes with the Racecourse rapids. Their guide today is Britt Runyon. The high temp today will be 75 degrees, with water temp of 57 degrees. What a beautiful day!