the best places to go kayaking in Albuquerque this season

With the winter season coming to a close, it’s time to start planning for an exciting spring/summer getaway to Albuquerque! When the weather warms up, there’s no better way to experience the Duke City than getting out and embarking on a new outdoor adventure. One activity we highly recommend for our guests is kayaking! With so many fun places to go kayaking in Albuquerque, you’ll hardly know where to begin. Here are just some of the most popular paddling spots that you won’t want to miss.

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3 fun spots to go kayaking in Albuquerque

1. Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures

You’ll be treated to a wide range of options for recreation out on the water with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures!  This company specializes in all kinds of fun and challenging trips, such as stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and even Albuquerque white water rafting.  Learn how to kayak the Rio Grande River in Albuquerque with the assistance of an experienced guide or choose to rent a kayak or canoe to embark on your own self-guided adventure.  Browse through their numerous experiences to book your ideal trip!

2. New Mexico Kayak Instruction

Learn how to paddle from the professionals at New Mexico Kayak Instruction Inc. in Albuquerque, NM!  Their talented guides will teach you all the tips and tricks for navigating the incredible river, and they’ll even provide you with the high-quality gear you need for a safe journey. In addition to tours, this is also a great spot for kayak rental in Albuquerque. That way, you can embark on your own unique journey! Stay up to date on their calendar for fun events and activities for the community to enjoy.  

3. Kayak Albuquerque

If you won’t be able to visit until the fall season, there is still an incredible opportunity for you to go kayaking in Albuquerque. Kayak Albuquerque offers tours in October, which is also the week of the biggest hot air balloon festival around. These unique tours are bound to be the experience of a lifetime as you watch countless colorful hot air balloons fill the blue, New Mexico sky from a kayak on the river!  These trips take place bright and early in the morning, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. You can also participate in their Fall Colors Nature Tours; these begin at noon and run until 5:00 pm. and focus on views of Albuquerque’s gorgeous autumn scenery.

go kayaking in New Mexico during your stay at the Bottger Mansion

king bed in Hazeldine Room at Bottger Mansion
William Hazeldine Room

After kayaking the Rio Grande, we invite you to come back to our cozy Old Town bed & breakfast for a full evening of pure relaxation. We provide lovely rooms, outstanding amenities, and friendly hospitality, along with a warm, delicious breakfast served first thing in the morning that will help you start your day off right. Explore the many attractions of Albuquerque or simply soak up the peace and quiet of our cozy inn. Our beautiful haven in New Mexico is waiting for you, so check our availability and book your stay today!