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”

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

Final Taos Box Trip of 2015, 8/2/15

Final Taos Box Trip of 2015, 8/2/15. There’s lots to see and do on a Taos Box trip – 16 miles of Class 3 and 4 rapids in a wilderness gorge, populated with otters, bighorn sheep, eagles, muskrats, beaver …. The Taos Box is the centerpiece of the recently declared Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, which includes the Rio Grande Gorge and wild lands that spread out to either side on the surrounding plains. You can’t get a better one-day wilderness whitewater trip anywhere in the West. Shown here is our last trip of the season, with low water calling a halt to further activity in the Box. It just gets too rocky, as you will see. This fabulous collection of photos were shot by the very talented Britt Runyon, who is New Wave’s Operations Manager and official photographer. He was joined on this trip by guide Joe Cameron. As to next year, if New Mexico benefits from the predicted El Nino, we’ll see good flows in the Rio Grande once again. Think about reserving your Box trip for June, when we get the highest flows of the summer. See you then!!

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Otters

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Rio Grande Gorge High Bridge

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One of the introduced bighorn sheep

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Dead Car rapid

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Young bighorn sheep

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Power line Falls. Joe does raft gymnastics.

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Powerline Falls

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Rock Garden scout and sculpted rock

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Rock Garden rapid, with the notorious Camel Rock smack dab in the middle

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Boulder Field entrance

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Fluted Boulder

Rio Grande flow has surpassed 900 cfs

The Rio Grande flow has surpassed 900 cfs at Taos Junction Bridge, which makes for excellent boating in the Taos Box, the premier whitewater run in New Mexico. This Class 4 run is 16 miles in length, and passes below the Rio Grande Gorge High Bridge at a point 4 miles downstream of the put-in, which is located at the John Dunn Bridge, at the mouth of Arroyo Hondo, north of Taos. The Rio Hondo drains the Sangre de Cristo mountains to the east, which contain Wheeler Pk, the highest in the state, and the Taos Ski Valley. We don’t know how long this initial phase of the run-off will continue. At some point, upstream irrigation begins, lessening the flows that we downstream users receive. So this is a great early opportunity to boat the Box. Call your friends and arrange a Box trip with New Wave. We provide wet suits, wet suit booties and a great buffet-style lunch. Experience the centerpiece of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, the Taos Box!

Powerline Falls, which begins the wild final 4-mile section of the Taos Box run

Powerline Falls, which begins the wild final 4-mile section of the Taos Box run

Passing to the right of Camel Rock, in Rock Garden rapid

Passing to the right of Camel Rock, in Rock Garden rapid

Kathy's Cleaver, named for NWR President Kathy Miller

Kathy’s Cleaver, named for NWR President Kathy Miller

Miller Time, in Boulder Field rapid

Miller Time, in Boulder Field rapid

Upstream view rounding the corner of Screaming Left

Upstream view rounding the corner of Screaming Left

Taos Junction Rapid, the final rapid of the Taos Box

Taos Junction Rapid, where Taos Creek (left) joins the Rio Grande