MST Adventures' Top 5 Places to Stand Up Paddle - Albuquerque

"Paddle sports" is (unfortunately) not the first thing that pops into folk's minds when they think about New Mexico and outdoor adventure. The funny thing is, we've got ample opportunity right here in our own backyard (and plenty more around the state).

Our Top 5 Places to SUP near Albuquerque

1. The Rio Grande - 550 to Rio Vista park, This is our go-to float trip when we want to get out of the office. 4 miles, ~2 hours. For a longer adventure, skip down to the Alameda take-out (11 miles total). Put in on the East side of the 550 bridge (there is a dirt parking area) and walk  about 50 yards to the river. Take out just after the second large bluff on river right (for Rio Vista), or at the Alameda boat ramp (also on river right).

550 to Rio Vista Park, 4 river miles ~2 hours

550 to Alameda, 11 river miles ~ 4-5 hours

2. Sandia Lakes - We offer paddling on Wednesday Nights, throughout the summer in conjunction with kayak and SUP groups. 2 hours 5:30-7:30 PM. Paid Entry

Sandia Lakes Open Paddle Wednesday Nights 5:30-7:30pm through the summer. 

3. Cochiti Lake - Just a short drive north of Albuquerque lies this wonderful lake surrounded by the natural landscape. This is a great place to shake off the work week, paddle, fish, and take the whole family.

Cochiti Lake boat ramp

4. The Rio Grande- Algodones to 550. This is a great section of river that highlights the riparian habitat along the Rio Grande. This section we enjoy immensely for the bird watching. 9 river miles, ~3 hours. turn onto a dirt road leading to drainage ditch, put in below the dam! Take out just after the 550 Bridge, river left.

Algodones to 550. 9 river miles, ~3 hours. Combine this with 550 to Alameda for an all day, 20 mile trip. Make sure to bring water and a lunch!

5. Fenton Lake- Tucked up in the Jemez Mountains, this lake is 30 acres in size and a great way to beat the heat of summer. 

Fenton Lake, 7,900' of summer heat escape! Bring your fishing pole!

There you have it, 5 great places to go on your next SUP trip!

What's that? Don't have your own SUP? No worries! MST Adventures has you covered.