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Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures

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Sunset Magazine's #1 Outdoor Day Trip in Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande experience New Mexico Magazine "now rates as my favorite"! Experience the remarkable serenity, breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife of the historic Rio Grande! Located...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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105 Pleasant View Dr Unit D, Bernalillo, NM 87004-6932
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+1 505-771-1234
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

We kayaked 9.5 miles of the Rio Grande with our guide Kia on a Saturday afternoon, and WOW! I can’t say enough about this trip. The scenery was amazing; the views of the mountains were almost constant and are just stunning. Kia, our guide, was...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Awesome comments! No doubt that the Rio Grande near Albuquerque is spectacular, and still largely unknown to the general population here. I've felt for years that the views of the Sandia's from the river are the best views of the mountains in the ABQ metro,...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018

We had a wonderful time even though the water was low and we did get "stuck" a few times (some of us more than others). We were warned that it would happen. I appreciate Rio telling us up front that everyone was going to get...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Thanks so much for the positive feedback - while the exceptionally low water this season certainly affected several people's enjoyment of this year's Fiesta events, it appeared that the overwhelming majority has a great time. I was especially pleased and surprised that the two Sunday...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

We were excited to be able to canoe and view the balloons from the Rio Grande. It was a great opportunity to take photos from the river of the balloons. We enjoyed the day and got some great photos. The guides were great and made...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Thanks for the positive review! The water is almost always higher than it was this year, BTW. While September/October flows are typically the lowest flows of the season, it was really low this season. It's a shame that the Army Corp of Engineers and the...More

Reviewed 22 October 2018

We went kayaking for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta which was beautiful. The only bad part was that the river was too shallow so our guides had to help us for 2 miles to get out of sandbars. We were also a very large group of...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2018

Thanks for the review, and glad you enjoyed it despite the flows. As far as guide ratios are concerned, we maintain a guest/guide ration of 10:1, and on all of this year's events actually ranged from 7:1 to 9:1, which is more than sufficient for...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018

Our trip down the river was a wonderful experience. We are so glad that we chose this company and are especially glad that we were fortunate enough to have Kia as our guide. Her calm and professional approach put the inexperienced kayakers in our group...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Thanks so much! We had our annual post Balloon Fiesta team float trip yesterday, and Kia was all proud about this review. Makes up a little for the other recent one that called her unpleasant. Can't please everyone, I guess. Thanks again!

Reviewed 18 October 2018

This trip was both good and bad. First the good: There is no better way to watch the balloon ascension. Conditions were ideal for a balloon launch so we saw hundreds of balloons go right over our heads. It was AWESOME. Now for the bad:...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post the review. When wind conditions are right the experience can be incredible; happy that several of our groups this year enjoyed that aspect. As far as the rest, there's no doubt that many people struggled with the exceptionally...More

Reviewed 17 October 2018

This is my second outing with this company. The guides are professional and knowledgeable. It was a great outing on a beautiful fall day.

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Thanks for taking the time to post a review, and happy to see you're among those who come back! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 17 October 2018

Floating down the Rio Grande for a few hours during Balloon Fiesta and possibly getting to see and snap pics of some of the balloons was inspiring enough for me to get up at 3am. Even though we live in Tijeras, NM, Sunday, October 14,...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

Thanks for the review! Weather, flow conditions, and especially breezes can definitely affect the ability to float and take photos. If you do come back earlier in the year, you'll probably find that the higher flows lead to more current and less effort. In any...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018

We had an absolutely wonderful trip! Mike was our wonderful host! Our guides; Tia, Chase and Charles went above and beyond for us! The balloons were amazing! Our breakfast on the Rio Grande was so delicious! Thank you Quiet Waters for an incredible day! 😙More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Thanks for the great review! Always happy to hear the positive feedback on our guides (although it's Kia and Jace, not Tia and Chase - those two and their unusual names confuse everyone). Glad you enjoyed the breakfast - one of the bonuses of Balloon...More

Reviewed 15 October 2018

Overall the tour was nice. The river was really low so we got stuck a lot. The female guide was unpleasant and sort of rude. The other two Male guides were great. The brunch they provided was nice with warm bagels, fruit and yogurt. The...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Sorry to hear you were disappointed in the experience - flows were low and it definitely affected the Balloon Fiesta floats for several folks this year We;d be happy to discuss your other concerns with you if you'd like to take a moment to call.

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Gayle S
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I booked my paddle on line with several choices. I didn’t call, the website is informative and you pay and fill out a waiver on line. The guides are probably out on the river if they don’t answer. I hope this is helpful, it... More
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