Friday May 10, 2013
Taos County, NM 87571
Featured festivities include slaloms, races, prizes, fly fishing clinics and demos, birding, live music and much more.
Specific festival events include: the River Rendezvous with keynote topic: Protecting Rivers in a Time of Water Shortage, the long awaited slalom for kayak, canoe and Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), the Kayak Rodeo, SUP race, raft, canoe and kayak downriver races, Mom and Kid inflatable rubber duckie race, Festival T-Shirt for entrants and Prizes for top 3 finishers, Free Kayak/SUP/inflatable raft clinic and demos, National Migratory Bird Day, Flying fishing demos with Trout Unlimited, great music with Anthony Leon and the Chain at Taos Mesa Brewing, Après Race party at Blue Heron Brewery and much more.
Join us for the second oldest kayak and river raft race west of the Mississippi! The Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival takes place May 10-12, 2013 in Pilar, NM and is sanctioned by the American Canoe Association. This is also launches the inaugural river event for the Rio Grande del Norte national monument.
Under the leadership of the BLM’s Taos Field Office, the recent celebration of The Rio Grande del Norte national monument protects 242,555 acres including the Wild and Scenic Rio Grande Corridor from the Colorado border to Pilar, New Mexico.
The whitewater festival brings excitement and fun for all ages. It will also benefit our regional river communities, paddle sport camaraderie, adventure tourism and economic development while providing educational awareness about river and aquatic ecosystems and the national push for a “Blue Revolution”.
Event hosts are the New Mexico River Outfitters Association (NMROA) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos field office. For more information for the three day line-up and to buy raffle tickets for the Jackson Villain Creek Kayakhttp://jacksonkayak.com/jk-kayaks/whitewater/villain/ donated by 4 Corners River Sports go to www.raftnewmexico.org.