Intermediate Kayaking

This intermediate trip will take you to the next level of whitewater kayaking. This is often considered to be the best intermediate run in New Mexico and is definitely the place to put that newly learned roll to the test. This short four mile stretch called the Racecourse is located close to a roadway so this will give us the opportunity to run it multiple times on both Saturday and Sunday. Our goals are to get you comfortable paddling in class III whitewater and to teach you the necessary skills so that you can be successful in this adventure. If this trip sounds like it might appeal to your sense of adventure, make sure to sign up soon at the Outdoor Pursuits Center. The Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Trip is a prerequisite for this trip, unless otherwise approved by professional staff.



Trip Registration Info

Trip Dates:
May 5 - 7

Registration Deadline:
April 26

Trip Cost:

Trip Specifics

Pilar, New Mexico

Whitewater Kayaking

Learning Goals:
Intermediate kayaking skills such as paddling strokes, rolling, catching eddies, s-turns and ferrying in class III water; aspects of Leave No Trace environmental ethics, comfort in Class 3 White Water, River Hydrology.

Prior Experience:
Previous OPC Kayak Trip required

Physical/Mental Challenge:
This trip is an intermediate trip, and coudl be mentally and physically demanding due to low water temperature and the difficulty in rapids.

Included with Trip Registration

  • All necessary equipment gear and hardwear
  • Transportation
  • Kayak Instruction
  • Meals while in the field

What Will You Need?

All regular items from the OPC water trip pack list plus:

  • Water Shoes
  • Wetsuit
  • Money for Snacks/Meals during travel