This five-mile section known as the Racecourse is our most popular half-day trip on the Rio Grande. Ranging from a wild class III-IV ride during the spring high-water to a more technical and demanding class III run as the water goes down and the rocks come up in summer.
Rio Grande Rafting Guide School
- Guide School
Apply to our Rio Grande Raft Guide School with Kokopelli Rafting Adventures
If you are looking for an adventurous, exciting, and fast-paced summer job then look no further. Working as a professional raft guide on MULTIPLE RIVERS is a highly rewarding job where you get to be outside, stay in shape, work with awesome people, and gain important customer service and leadership skills. Kokopelli Rafting Adventures is owned by Durango Rivertrippers LLC and operates in Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Every day of guide school we will meet at our Office. We recommend bringing lunch, snacks, and lots of water. Bring extra layers and dry clothes for after each day, the weather can change very quickly and does get cold fast.
Kokopelli Rafting Adventures has been creating Unforgettable Rafting Experiences in New Mexico and Colorado since 1991! We are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and offer whitewater rafting trips on both the Rio Grande and Rio Chama, covering more than 200 miles of class II – V whitewater in New Mexico. Most of our whitewater rafting trips take place on the Rio Grande, one hour north of Santa Fe. Training encompasses the fundamental skills of reading whitewater, precise boat maneuvering, rescues, and recoveries, as well as raft rigging, passenger safety, guest/guide etiquette, knot tying, signals, safety techniques, and the finer points of creating safe, enjoyable river trips. The goal of the guide school is to develop the skills necessary to safely guide a paddle raft on Class II-IV Whitewater.
Schedule for the week (subject to change)
- Arrive in the morning, get to meet everyone, and go over introductions and expectations for the week.
- Gear check out for the week. This includes lifejackets, throw bags, river shoes and wetsuits (if needed), dry bags, and helmets.
- Go over equipment from rafts to trailers.
- Rigging and de-rigging both rafts and trailers
- Break for lunch
- In the afternoon we will get on the water!
- How to load your raft with guests
- For the next few days we will go over Safety orientation/speech
- One day will be dedicated to Flip training.
- Another day is dedicated to Swim training
- One day will be dedicated to the Taos Box. (river conditions dependent)
- The final day is check-out day. Proving that you have gained the knowledge and skills to become a guide.
- There are no make-up days for guide school. Make sure you are on time and ready to go each day.
- Day 7: This is reserved for future employees to fill out paperwork and Guide Certification.