As soon as winter’s mountain powder melts, a new breed of adventurer finds their way to New Mexico – the white-water rafter. The northern part of the state boasts the most high-octane white water, due in part to the abundant mountains. The unbridled 17-mile Rio Grande Gorge run is the river of choice, while those seeking a gentler ride may prefer a tributary, the dam-controlled Rio Chama. An assortment of smaller rivers can be navigated during the short spring runoff season, which typically begins in April. Keep in mind, a guide is strongly recommended for less-experienced boaters. But hey, the more the merrier, right?