Rio Grande Bosque Moving-water Adventure

Location:
Coronado Campground
106 Monument Drive
Bernalillo, NM, 87004
See map: Google Maps
Directions:
Coronado Campground is at the Northwest corner of Hwy 550 and the Rio Grande river in Bernalillo, NM, just 15 minutes north of Albuquerque. From I-25, take the 242 exit and drive West on Hwy 550, approximately 1.7 miles. Just after Hwy 550 crosses the Rio Grande, turn north into the Coronado Monument entrance. Coronado Campground will be on the right, just before you enter the Coronado Monument property.
Start Time: 
Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 8:00am - 1:00pm

So your troop has taken the Paddle, Pole & Roll clinic and wants to take their skills (and their boats) to the river!  Now what??  Come with us as we paddle through the Rio Grande Bosque.  The Rio Grande is one of Albuquerque's most overlooked recreational playgrounds!  Surrounded by Native American Pueblo lands and CABQ Open Space properties, they'll feel like they're 100's of miles from a major metropolitan city.  No buildings, no traffic, no noise, no people.  Just huge cottonwood trees and incredible views of the Sandia Mountains.

For your girls' first time on the river, they'll feel the gentle current pushing their boat downstream. They'll get a chance to practice all the flatwater strokes and learn new skills like reading the river, recognizing and avoiding hazards and trip-planning logistics.

We'll encounter a few easy Class I rapids along the way.  While this is a leisure float, it's also a great time to refine our paddling skills before moving out to Class II whitewater, the next class in the series.

Paddle, Pole and Roll is a required pre-requisite.

 

 

Price: 
$50.00 Before Tax
Special thanks to New Mexico Kayak Instruction and Kelly Gossett for a great weekend up in Pilar last month for the beginner lesson on the white water. My family had a fantastic time. Pictured is my 12 year old son who is profound deaf paddling the river. Kelly truly is a master kayak instructor that can teach at all levels of ability and provide hours of fun for the whole family.
Matt Painter  -  Retired Fireman

Kelly is someone who knows the sport of kayaking and is able to teach in a safe, effective and fun way.  Not only did the girls have a total blast, but they learned the names for all parts of their kayak and equipment, how to safely enter and exit a kayak, how to help someone else who may be in trouble, what to do in inclement weather and how to best move through the water (to name a few).  We had our last Girl Scout meeting of the year last week, and when I asked the girls what their favorite experience was over the last 3 years, 75% chose kayaking.  I would highly recommend Kelly to anyone and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cris Todd  -  Girl Scout Troop #1521

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