This full day tour meets at the Cieneguilla Stables in Pilar, NM at 8:30am, which is 15 miles south of Taos. Your ride will wind through Pinon and Juniper forests on historic trails including a portion of the Old Apache Trail. Your guide will teach you some horsemanship skills and share some stories of the local history and geology. Along the way you might stop to look at some of the area's well-preserved petroglyphs or sit quietly while a mule deer glides silently by.
After a trailside lunch you will head over to the Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center where you will meet your rafting guide. Grab your paddle and get set to get wet as the Rio Grande snakes through the towering cliffs of Pilar Canyon and races you down exciting Class I-III rapids such as Albert Falls, The Narrows, and Big Rock. Be prepared to enjoy beautiful scenery, Native American history, and numerous species of wildlife that live in the Rio Grande canyon. Eagles, falcons, owls, geese, and mergansers are just a few of the birds that dwell in this healthy bird sanctuary.