Santa Fe Rafting Company
Santa Fe Rafting Company
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7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Santa Fe Rafting - Great guides. Great food. Great Big Fun! Santa Fe Rafting Company provides a variety of river trips to suit everyone, from family groups to whitewater enthusiasts. The full and half day trips are perfect whether you are staying in Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque or even Colorado. Santa Fe Rafting, providing unforgettable rafting trips since 1987.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Travelers' Choice
2024

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Sandra P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
It was our first time river rafting and Santa Fe Rafting Co made it an awesome experience! It was a great blend of some faster water mixed with a few spots where we could just chill and enjoy the beauty around us. Nicole took great care of us and Rio and the entire team really made it such a personable and fun day. This is a smaller company and we really felt that higher level of care and genuineness that is hard to find anymore. Our 13 and 15 year old kiddos loved it too. They had photographers at the start and through one section of the river that captured some great memories and were reasonably priced for digitial downloads. We rarely leave reviews but highly recommend this adventure to anyone interested in rafting!
Written July 15, 2022
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John L.
San Carlos, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Santa Fe Rafting Co. is professional and safe outfit, and I would recommend them to anyone looking to raft the Rio Grande.

Our group was 2 families (8 total) and the logistics were seamless. You drive to their HQ in Santa Fe and a bus takes you about an hour to the launch site.

The drive was informative and fun. The tour guides provide color and history of the area and surrounding sites. Kids and adults really enjoyed this portion and we all learned a lot.

The strength of the Company is the people and the guides. We had an adult boat and a kids boat (ages 10-13) and it worked out perfectly.

Maggie was the guide of the kids boat, and she was patient, kind, and very supportive. The kids navigated the course with no problem and they had a blast (when 4 kids tell you they had an incredible time, that is a parenting win).

Brian was the guide of our adult boat, and he was also incredibly professional, outgoing, and safe. We had so much fun, even though I ended up "ass over tea kettle" in the middle of the boat.

The whole course is about 2 hrs. You get to float down the river at the end, but watch out for rocks as I have a bruised butt to show for it lol.

Sparky was the bus driver and guide leader, and you could tell he was very experienced and passionate about rafting and safety.

Afterwards, we got snacks and refreshments. Then, I napped on the ride back.

It really was a great time, a bucket list item for me. Reasonably priced, safe, good for kids and adults. 10/10 would recommend. I also got a cool t-shirt after. Thanks Santa Fe Rafting Co. and Sparky/Maggie/Brian!

John
Written August 7, 2023
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Kent G
Monument, CO6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A great experience for our kids first time rafting and us. Austin (the guide, not the city) made everyone feel comfortable with his rafting knowledge, NM knowledge of the local culture and plant and wildlife as well as great jokes (bad jokes). We would highly recommend Santa Fe Rafting Company and Austin!
Written August 9, 2021
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Hidesert1
Santa Fe, NM6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
I have rafted the Rio Grande 4 times over the last 20 years...Race Course and Taos box both. The scenery is always beautiful and the river is magical. But the difference that a skilled, knowledgeable, and on point guide makes cannot be overstated.

Think about a seasoned professional pilot vs a student pilot.

Or, perhaps, a peak outdoor adventure experience vs a Level 1 Trauma experience.

I am 100% serious about this.

The experience we had yesterday with Santa Fe Rafting and, in particular, with our guide, Sparky, was extraordinary. The Taos Box is a Class IV run and the water was precipitously low. He knew every rock, every tricky and dangerous passage, he read the water and made the right decisions before entering whitewater. Most importantly, when we got hung up on some very tricky, tight, and high flow passages, he stayed calm and handled the raft with amazing care and skill and got us through without flipping or putting anyone into the river.

We saw dozens of Bighorns, birds, fish...even 3 river otters! Lunch was just great. It was nice getting transported to and from Santa Fe in their van.

Sparky knew more about the history and geology of the river than most post-grads I know. Both he and the other group’s guide, Rio, were a pleasure to be with for the day.

I cannot recommend Santa Fe Rafting highly enough!!!
Written June 14, 2021
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Elizabeth C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
My family of 4 had an incredible half-day river rafting trip guided by Rio down the beautiful Rio Grande Racecourse. Santa Fe Rafting Company was responsive and accommodating for a trip we signed up for just 2 days ahead of time. Our guide Rio was an expert on the river and made the trip fun and challenging (but not risky) for my adventurous family. He shared his wealth of information about the area's ecology, history, wildlife, and entertaining local stories. We had a fantastic trip that we'll never forget, and highly recommend Santa Fe Rafting Company and our amazing guide Rio.
Written June 12, 2022
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DDM
North Little Rock, AR10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Our group of 4 had a fabulous, memorable rafting trip with Justin. Jared was super friendly and answered all of our questions when we booked our trip. Justin was our river guide and he made sure we had a fun trip and added lots of interesting information on the bus trip and on the river. We highly recommend taking a rafting trip while in Santa Fe and booking with Santa Fe Rafting Company.
Written May 9, 2021
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ekc712
Atlanta, GA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We did the 1/2 day Rio Grande Race Course beginning at noon. We met the other group and our guide in Santa Fe and then had a +/- hour drive to the beginning point on the river. The van was air conditioned and comfortable.

Our guide was Haley and she expertly navigated our raft down the river. We had no incidents (no one fell out!). Because of lingering Covid restrictions all groups are separated so my wife and I had our own raft which was nice. Haley was great and kept us entertained with history of the river and New Mexico in general.

Several other rafting companies were on the river as well but the groups were gigantic with 6+ rafts at once and the rafts packed with 5-7 people. Santa Fe Rafting felt like a more personal and boutique experience as the guides also drove you to and from Santa Fe even stopping at a cute farmers market on the way back so that we could purchase a drink.

We highly recommend SF Rafting. Have fun!
Written July 9, 2021
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Jennifer M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Our family had a fabulous time on the Rio Grande with Harry and Zach. They kept us entertained on the drive up to the gorge, provided detailed instructions before getting on the river and a great ride down. Would highly recommend Santa Fe Rafting to anyone looking for a great day on the river!
Written July 10, 2022
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Sue P
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
I have a family of 6 and we required a larger raft to be together. This required extra experience and skill by our guide who not only maneuvered the course fabulously, but engaged all of us and made our experience the best it could be. He accommodated all our levels of experience and made us all feel like we were special. One of my children has special needs and he gracefully adapted to his skill as well. We had a great rafting experience, the landscape was beautiful, and everyone thought it was a great time. Thank you Rio and Sante Fe Rafting Company.
Written August 14, 2021
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Emily D
Kansas City, MO23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
My family had a wonderful time on our half-day Rio Grande Orilla Verde float with Santa Fe Rafting Co. Our guide, Nicole, was fantastic. We especially enjoyed all of the information she shared with us about the history and culture of the area as we drove from Santa Fe to the launch site. Our time on the river was delightful, and we even got to see a river otter, which was so much fun for all of us. Nicole did a great job guiding and instructing when we went through the few sections of gentle rapids, and the "float" portions of the trip were so peaceful and relaxing. I would recommend Santa Fe Rafting Co. to anyone, and my family will definitely plan on doing another trip with them next time we make it to Santa Fe.
Written June 30, 2023
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