Rock ā€˜nā€™ Raft Adventure

Maximum fun in one action-packed day! Spend the morning rappelling in the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge and experience the vertical world of rock climbing with Mountain Skills Adventures, New Mexico's premier rock-climbing guide service (no prior experience necessary). After a hearty deli-style lunch buffet on the banks of the Rio Grande, delve into the excitement of the Racecourse with its many Class 3 rapids (Class 4 in high water). It's an incredible, memorable way to spend a summer day.

No experience necessary for either climbing or rafting. Climbs are designed to be exciting for everyone! Your guides will teach you all you need to know about rappelling and climbing techniques, and how to paddle a raft as part of a precision team. In low water, you might choose to paddle your own funyak (see Racecourse page for further information).

This trip can be done in reverse, with rafting in the morning and climbing in the afternoon.

RECOMMENDED MINIMUM AGE: 6, or on a case-by-case basis.

WEIGHT LIMIT: 300 lbs.

MEET: 9.30 a.m., Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center (Hwy 68 in Pilar, between mile markers 28 and 29). Return to your vehicle 4-4.30 p.m.

SEASON: Mid-April through mid-October. The rappelling is cooler in the early summer and warmer later. Whitewater is higher in May/June. Available 7 days a week.

PRICE: $165, includes tax and federal user fee. Group discount available.

SAFETY: The day of your trip you'll read and sign the waiver form, assuming the normal risks of participation in a guided outdoor activity. (To read Los Rios's waiver form, click here.) River trips and rappelling contain an element of risk. Mountain Skills and Los Rios River Runners are thoroughly equipped and prepared to minimize the risks. We use quality manufactured self-bailing river rafts and all certified climbing equipment. Your guides are all experienced professionals, whose qualifications include wilderness first aid, CPR, and Swiftwater Rescue training.

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