Whiterock Canyon 2-Day
The Whiterock Canyon section of the Rio Grande, south of Los Alamos, is remote and hard to access, with basalt canyon walls towering 1500 feet above the river. We float approximately 25 miles through the lands of San Ildefonso and Cochiti Pueblos and Bandelier National Monument. The river is mostly flat, with three Class 3 rapids. The riverbanks are dotted with numerous ancient petroglyphs and Anasazi Indian ruins - some are easily reached, while others require challenging hikes.
At the end of the trip, you can choose to hike out of the canyon to the headquarters of Bandelier National Monument on one of three trails - about two and a half miles, four miles, or ten miles - or you can ride in the boat as it is towed across Cochiti Lake.
WHITEWATER RATING: Class 3
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM AGE: 6
MEET: By arrangement. Ride with us from Taos, or meet us halfway if you're coming from Santa Fe or points south.
SEASON: April to October. Available 7 days a week.
PRICE: $339 adults, $289 children. No hidden extras! Does not include tax. Group discount available.
WE PROVIDE: All rafting and safety equipment including life-jacket, and helmet if desired; waterproof jacket and pants; all camping equipment including freshly laundered sleeping bag, luxurious 1 ½-inch thick semi-inflatable sleeping pad, and one two-person tent per couple or single guest; drybag for your personal items; transportation to and from meeting place; all meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.
2-DAY OVERNIGHT: SAMPLE MENU
Day 1, lunch: chips and salsa, build-your-own sandwich deli-style buffet, fresh fruit, cookies, soft drinks
Day 1, dinner: hors d'oeuvres; mixed grill of steak, chicken and fish, rice, steamed vegetables, salad, freshly baked cake, soft drinks
Day 2, breakfast: omelets to order with choice of onions, ham, cheese, peppers, mushrooms, spinach; bacon or sausage; biscuits or tortillas; fresh fruit; orange juice, milk, tea and fresh-brewed coffee
Day 2, lunch: chips and salsa, chicken Caesar salad wraps, fresh fruit, cookies, soft drinks
We are not licensed to serve alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring your own.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS—WHITEROCK CANYON 2-DAY
Will I be in an oar boat or a paddle boat? As most of the trip is flat water, we prefer to run oar boats. If you want a paddle boat, please let us know. Keen paddlers might prefer to funyak.
Do I have to know how to swim? Risk is higher for non-swimmers. You must be able to assist in your own rescue in the event you fall out of the boat.
Can you run Whiterock Canyon no matter what the water level is? Yes.
Can my child go if he/she is below the recommended minimum age? Maybe. It's a recommendation, not a rule. If your child is well-grown, adventurous, and a good swimmer, we will consider it.
What if the weather's bad? We don't cancel because of rain: usually it doesn't last long. Early and late season trips are subject to our weather policy: if the high temperature is predicted to be less than 50 degrees, we give you the option of cancelling at no cost to you. This decision will be made no later than the morning of the day before the trip.
Do you have flush toilets and showers at your campsite? No. It's a wilderness camp. We bring a "groover," with a toilet seat and sanitary supplies, which is set up in a screened area for privacy.
Does everyone camp together? The campsites we use have many separate spots for pitching tents. It's easy to find privacy.
Will I be cold at night? Not if you dress correctly. Polar fleece pants, top, and hat are recommended. The sleeping bags we provide are appropriate for the temperatures we’re most likely to encounter.
Do we have to sit on logs or on the ground? No. The great thing about camping by raft is that we can bring all kinds of stuff to make us comfortable. We have folding armchairs, tables, four-burner stove, etc.
Do I need to let you know if I'm bringing wine and/or beer? Yes, please. That way we can make sure we have enough coolers to carry it.
What if I'm vegetarian? Just let us know, and we'll cater accordingly. Vegans too. We can also provide all organic food (an extra charge will apply).