Hi all, we live in CO and struck out totally on the permit game this year, so we're looking to expand our horizons a little and try something new. We've done Deso for years, San Juan a couple times, Ruby/Westwater, etc, so we have all the necessary gear and experience for a "Deso-like" trip, and I was hoping to pick the brains of some New Mexico buzz users.
We are thinking NM because it's semi-close to home, but none of my group have any significant experience rafting there. We are a good group, we follow the rules, we respect the water and the land and we always try to leave camp cleaner than we found it - I realize that may not mean a lot, but I wanted to appeal to whoever might have this information that we are not a bunch of idiots and we will respect your backyard.
We're looking for multi-day (like 5-8 days), semi-chill river, some rapids, but nothing too sphincter-clenching, more for scenery than excitement. Northern NM is preferable (closer), but we'd entertain any ideas. No motors, just people-power, maybe a couple duckies, but mostly rafts. No kids, no dogs. (as in we don't have kids or dogs)
A sincere thank you in advance, I really appreciate any information or help anyone can give! Good river karma to you all!