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Cody Olivas
A raft floats down the Rio Grande on a recent sunny day.
Raft season heating up

When temperatures start to rise this summer, one of the best ways to enjoy nature without over heating is to go float down the Rio Grande.
The river is diverse enough to accommodate adventure seekers of all ability levels. People looking for nice and easy trips can go on a mellow float. Long sections of big rapids are around for seasoned boaters and adrenaline junkies while a few other sections, like the Race Course and La Junta, have smaller, class two and three, rapids to keep people on their toes without intimidating them.
The Race Course, which is about 45 minutes from Los Alamos, is the most popular section to float around.
“It’s great for families and beginners looking for a whitewater experience,” Kokopelli River Adventures owner/manager John Seiner said. “For people looking for more adventure, we recommend inflatable kayaks.”
Inflatable kayaks, aka funyaks or duckies, provide more of a challenge than rafts because people ride in them alone; they’re in charge of propelling and steering the boat by themselves. Since the boats are smaller, riders also get wetter in them. Rafters, on the other hand, can ride with a guide who helps steer the boat.
People can also ride Stand Up Paddleboards, but flatter water is best to begin SUP and find your balance on.

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