Guided Tour - Rio Grande Bosque Tour

Location:
River's Edge II - river access point
Rio Rancho, NM
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Directions:
Rio Rancho's River's Edge II river access point does not have a physical address. However, it is within 2 minutes of the Rio Rancho Fire Station #3 on Riverside Drive. The address to the fire station is 1650 Riverside Dr NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. From this fire station, you should be able to see the Rio Vista Park and continue with the directions. From Rio Rancho - Take 528 to the intersection of Riverside Drive (east) and Iris (west). Turn east on Riverside Drive, and continue past Fire Station #3 and past Rio Vista Park. Turn right on the dirt road immediately past Rio Vista Park. Follow the dirt road to the Open Space parking area. Allow ~30 minutes from Albuquerque, as you take Alameda to NW Albuquerque, or go into Bernalillo, and take 528 into Rio Rancho.
Start Time: 
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Rio Grande Bosque Kayak Tours, Albuquerque New Mexico
Rio Grande Bosque Kayak Tours, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rio Grande Bosque Kayak Tours, Albuquerque, New Mexico

People tell us they've lived in Albuquerque their whole life and never knew they could kayak in the Rio Grande, and how beautiful the river really is when removed from the hustle and bustle of a busy city.  Visitors to Albuquerque tell us how amazing it is to paddle in the middle of a major city, and see only a few signs of human intervention.  Still others tell us how great it is to be in or on the water in New Mexico.  Virtually everyone leaves the trip having been connected to the river and changed by the experience.

Protected from development by the levee system and irrigation acequias, the Rio Grande Bosque is a hidden gem in the heart of the state's largest city.  Aside from a few homes, we see nothing but stunning views of the Sandia Mountains and assorted wildlife and waterfoul as we paddle through 10 miles of one of the largest urban forests in the world. Great Blue Heron are seen year around near the river and we often see Snowy Egrets, Cooper's Hawks and Great Horned Owls, among others.  It's not uncommon to sight coyotes, grey foxes, porcupines, dessert cottontail rabits and common raccoons.  Beavers are often seen on sunset or full moon tours.

Our day starts by meeting at the designated river access point, where participants park their vehicles and load into one of our passenger vans.  Our guides will give a brief introduction and set the expectations for the trip as we depart to the river access point.  Upon arrival, participants will receive a brief 20 minute orientation to kayaking, and safety briefing.  Our guides will help you customize your boat and equipment to your personal height and weight.  As we launch, our guides will take you through a sequence of strokes to maneuver your boat with ease and confidence.  Our tour will continue ~10 miles, and typically takes about 4 hours, depending on the size of the group, the flow rate of the river, time spent ovserving wildlife or enjoying the scenery.  Once we reach our destination, participants return gear to the guide, and finish with a brief review of the lessons learned.

Price: 
$85.00 Before Tax
Payment: 

Full payment is due at the time of registration, and is non-refundable. Full payment is required to reserve your spot in this event. No spot is reserved untill full payment is received. 

New Mexico Kayak Instruction accepts cash, check or credit cards over the phone.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Your payment is a reservation for an event with limited capacity.  Cancellations or rescheduling request 4 or more days before the scheduled event are entitled to receive a refund, less a $30 cancellation fee.  We're sorry, but cancellations or no-shows within 3 days of the event are non-refundable, and may not be transferred to another date.  You may transfer or resell this ticket to another interested party.  They should, however, complete this RSVP form and understand the cancellation policy. 

Kelly is a great instructor. He starts with the basics and keeps building on from there. We started in a pool of calm water on the river, as we became comfortable with that we moved closer to the moving water, then into the main current working on peel outs, ferrying and edging, then down the Rio Grande. The second day starts by talking about the first day then on to paddle placement and timing in different aspects of the river. Back on the river we fine tuned our peel outs, ferrying, edging and worked on paddle placement as we go into and through the rapids. I could not belive my improvement from day one to day two! I highly recommed this class if you want to feel comfortable with negotiating class II and III rapids. You may not end up an expert but will have the tools to become one.
Mark Nissen
Great course, tons of information, practice. Marcel and Kelly are the perfect teaching duo, the Oliver and Stan of coastal waters techniques. Enjoyed sharing the experience with everyone who attended.
Zoe Krasney  -  Freelance writer & journalist
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