Join New Mexico Wild and Quiet Waters Paddling to explore the primitive aspects of the lifeline of New Mexico from Corrales to Alameda Bridge in Albuquerque (water level permitting). Our experienced guides and conservationists will provide history and discuss important issues about this highly managed, but gorgeous stretch of the Rio Grande River. This trip will be an easy paddle down the river.
As the Rio Grande passes through Rio Rancho and Corrales, the river slowly widens, braiding into multiple channels as it meanders through seemingly endless cottonwood Bosque. Although these adventures are quite close to the sprawling development of greater Albuquerque, it's a surreal wilderness experience on the water, as the east bank is dominated by the Sandia Pueblo lands, while the west bank is dominated by Rio Rancho Open Space and the protected Corrales Bosque preserve.
Numerous islands and sandbars along the way offer multiple options to break for a snack or a refreshing swim. Approaching Alameda, the Rio spills into numerous narrow channels, winding its way through several small islands, providing a tropical wetlands feel. Songbirds and waterfowl are plentiful in this section, and the views and sense of solitude are remarkable. This is a very mellow float trip with few sections of fast moving water.
Cost: $75, including canoe, kayak, or inflatable kayak, gear, guides, light lunch, and shuttle. 5-6 hours.
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