Canoeing in New Mexico

Canoeing Trips in New Mexico

States in the desert Southwest have a reputation for their distinct and beautiful desert landscapes. New Mexico is no exception. But, get on the water and you'll also be treated to a burst of wildlife, including many large migratory waterfowl and cottonwood-lined rivers! Check out all canoeing trips in New Mexico for every level of canoeist. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, canoe rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a canoe trip in New Mexico for you! If you've paddled New Mexico before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

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Guide to Canoeing in New Mexico

Don't mind the heat? The beauty of paddling in New Mexico is that you can get in the water instead of paddling on top of it! If you prefer cooler temps, keep an eye on the water levels, and you might just be able to paddle through the fall colors! Here are a few popular paddling destinations in New Mexico:

  • Rio Chama River
  • Elephant Butte Lake
  • Cochiti Lake

Canoeing Locations in New Mexico

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in New Mexico! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Canoeing Trip in New Mexico

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout New Mexico and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of New Mexico community trip reports below:

Connect with Paddlers in New Mexico

Are you looking to connect with other paddlers about going canoeing in New Mexico? Check out the Message Boards for resources to help you get started.