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rafting THEN WINE tours


If you're looking for a memorable addition to your vacation.

Then this is the trip for your group!

Bringing everyone the perfect day of adventure.

Rafting trip  $55.00




Please no drinking before rafting or during rafting, plenty of that after your rafting trip!

Wine tasting after your rafting trip is not to much to fit into one day it actually goes together quite well.

Operating June 17th - September 6th

Choices for this wonderful day adventure, either the

Racecourse, which we highly recommend, or the Orilla Verde Float.


Traveling North to NMRA's headquarters, where we drop you off to begin your rafting adventure at 8:30 am. 

Upon arrival at NM River Adventure's Headquarters, you will meet your guides for the day who will outfit

you with all the gear necessary and all safety rules for the day on the river.

You'll find clean restrooms, changing rooms and any last minute items you might have forgotten,

Bring a change of cloths, you may keep them at the rafting head quarters. 

Then it's off to the river to challenge the Rio Grande's most popular sections.

After your river adventure NM Wine Tours will pick you back up at the rafting headquarters at 12 pm.  

We do give you plenty of time to change and freshen up.  

Then off we go for lunch, wine tasting at three of New Mexico's award winning wineries.

Lunch will be served at one winery and a cheese, salami, cracker & bread trays at the 3rd winery. 

You can't get a more enjoyable relaxing day, this day tour of rafting then wine is perfect!


Depending on the size of your group, we should be back in Santa Fe between 4:30 - 5:30 pm

The Racecourse 

This is the most popular rafting trip in New Mexico.

Perfect trip for first timer whitewater enthusiasts.

It is class II-III(IV at high water) and absolutely perfect for everyone.

When the water levels are especially high, we do raise the minimum age

as this section grows into an extremely fun and continuous section of

class III and IV whitewater.

The class of the river at this time end of June is a III

A fun option is paddling down the river on a inflatable kayak. Really FUN!

You would be following the rafters with a river guide. (Racecourse only class II - III)

Any questions regarding the class of the river for your tour date please contact

New Mexico River adventures at (800) 983-7756

This is the perfect trip for the entire family or those who just feel like a lazy float down the river.  

It also affords us time to practice paddling techniques, swimming and simply enjoying the Rio Grande.

Toward the end of the trip we will float through the historic village of Pilar before continuing

through some fun class II rapids and on to our take-out.

New Mexico River Adventures guides are the best in the business, focusing on safety

and guest service as a top priority. All are extremely knowledgeable about the area's geology,

ecology and history and just love being on the river. 

Many with experience on rivers all over the country and across the globe.

The Racecourse is unique in that we can always run these trips all spring, summer and fall!

We are so lucky to have this type of river in our backyard!

The higher water levels on these stretches are usually in the late spring as the snow

melt comes off of the mountains.

During the middle to late summer months, the water levels get lower and the water temperature rises.

Great times for everyone, the swimming is superb and the rapids still fun and challenging for all ages. 

With rapids that range in difficulty from class 2 to 3, it is a truly a great trip for the entire family!

Minimum age for the Racecourse is 5 (13 at higher water levels).

Where do we meet and what time for the rafting then wine tour?

Door to door service the morning of your tour. 

Santa Fe, Taos and surrounding area's.

We need to be at the rafting headquarters no later than 8:30 am

When we find out where your pick up location is time will be determined.

Included in your tour:

Cost of your rafting trip that NM Wine Tours prepays for after you book your tour.

Door to door pick up & return. 

Informative tour guide/driver 

Wonderful Picnic lunch at the winery.

Snack trays of cheese, salami crackers, bread.

Plenty of bottled water. 

Lunch Menu 

Tote bag for all your goodies


Our private custom rafting then wine tour has a base price.

4 guest minimum or equivalent pricing

$585.00 + tax & 18% gratuity & of course the cost of your rafting trip & lunch.

Duration of tour is approximately 9 to 10 hours.

We have set pricing for groups over 4 guests please contact for pricing.

Rafting part of your trip is $55 Per person + tax & fee

Lunch & snacks $20 per person

18% gratuity & tax will all be added to all tours for your driver/guide.

What's Not Included:

Tasting fees & all alcoholic beverages. 

There are several reasons why we do not include your tasting fees.


You pay as you go after your tastings at each winery with a small tasting fee.

Some guest like to share their tastings with their travel partner or even skip a winery.

Wineries will waive your tasting fee with a certain amount of bottles purchased. 

Your tasting fees are more than reasonable all 3 wineries run about $20 per person

NOT per winery!

(may be a little more all depends on the size of your group)

Please be considerate and tip your servers & your rafting guides!

Servers and NM Wine tours do not make a commission on any wine purchased.

How will I get my wine home?

You may ship wine from all of the wineries. 

Please check your state shipping laws if you plan to have wine shipped from the wineries.

Or you can buy a wine shipper box from one of the wineries (holds 6 to 12 bottles), 

Fill it up and check it on your return flight like luggage. 

Or just wrap your bottle of wine up and put in your check in baggage.

You may also go on line after you are home and order wine

from the wineries on their web site.

​All establishments visited take all major credit cards so you may purchase wine to take home

or have it shipped. 

All have wine clubs that you can join that save you money.

Wines & wineries:

Visiting 3 wineries on our Northern Join In wine tour.

Black Mesa, La Chirapada & Vivac Wineries.

Examples of wine you will be tasting:

Merlot, Zinfande, Cab Franc, Tempranillo, Sangiovese,

Montepulciano, Petite Sirah, Refosco, Aglianico,

Petit Verdot, Pinot, Carignan, Noir, Syrah, Malbec,

Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Pinot Grigio,

Malvasia Bianca, Chenin Blanc, Dry Rose, Chardonnay,

Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Viognier, White Zinfandel,

Zinfandel Port, Cosecha Ultima, Criadera, White Port,

Chocolate Dessert Wine, Gruner Veltliner,

Rose of Sangiovese

Sparking wines & hard ciders

Local craft beer

Two of our wineries serve several local craft beer for you none wine drinkers.

Can the whole family come:


5 years and up.

Children under the age of  17 or younger are not allowed with

out an adult that is 18 or older who is a relative or legal guardian of the minor while in the tasting rooms.

Guests must be 21 and have valid photo ID with you to taste wine!

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