New Mexico River Outfitters Association Presents: the 2017 Mother's Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival

An American Canoe Association Paddle America Club event. Helmets required for all Races.

Raft Race

May 14th, 2017 

FREE CAMPING at Rio Bravo Group Shelter, Orilla Verde Recreation Area in Pilar, NM - This is open to the first 40 festival participants on a first come, first serve basis.  When full, there are various other camp sites available throughout the Rio Grande Gorge including Taos Junctions Bridge, Petaca and Lone Juniper.

EVENT SCHEDULE  - Mothers Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival 2017

- Saturday, May 13th, 

-7:00 PM Rio Bravo Group Shelter.  Dutch Oven Cook Off


Show off your dutch oven skills! We invite everyone to participate in a dutch oven cook off. All interested parties need to bring their own charcoal, firepan, dutch oven as well as whatever you would like to put in it.  Everyone present will be the judges giving top honors in a
dinner and dessert category and a delicious potluck for all participants and guests.  Have fun with your boaters at Rio Bravo Group Shelter.


- Sunday, May 14th, 2017, Mother's Day

 -8:00 – 10:00 AM General Race Registration at Quartzite. $15 for the First Race, $5 for each race after, $45 per team of four, Rafting Race. First 75 entrants get a Festival T-Shirt

-10:00 AM  - Downriver Race (meet at Quartzite)
Men’s and Women’s Division Kayak, SUP and Canoe

-12:00 PM – 2:00 PM - Geology Float with Paul Bauer, prize-winning author of the Guidebook to the Rio Grande published by NM Bureau of Geology, will lead a floating interpretive workshop on the Racecourse. Paul will be joined by several experts in archaeological and natural history topics. If geologists could be rock stars, Bauer would be the boss. His annual river trip is perennially popular with river guides and outfitters, who provide all the rafting equipment and navigational expertise. A limited number of spaces are available for members of the general public so register early.

-3:30PM – 4:00PM - Kid and Mom Tandem Race (meet at Souse Hole)
 starts at Souse Hole and finishes at County Line. (Ik's, Kayaks, SUP, Raft's)

-5PM – 6PM Raft R-4 Downriver Race (four paddlers per boat) –
Quartzite to County Line

-6:30PM Après Race Awards & Party: Just down road from races on right
at Blue Heron Brewery. Beer specials and free food for all competitors!


SPONSORS: AIRE, NRS-Northwest River Supplies, Jacks Plastic Welding, Downriver Equipment

An American Canoe Association Paddle America Club event. Helmets required for all whitewater events.

$15 per person for the first event (includes an event T-Shirt to first 75) $5 Each additional Event.
$45 Per Raft of 4 (R-4) for the Raft Downriver Race.

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 About the New Mexico River Outfitters Association:

The New Mexico River Outfitter Association is a collection of New Mexico's finest Outfitters who, seek to promote enjoyment of the river environment with the highest possible degree of river safety for our employees and the outfitted public, whom we serve.