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MST ADVENTURES LLC

 

MST Adventures, offers Guided Trips, Private and Small Group Instruction, and Equipment Rentals. Proudly Serving the Albuquerque Metro Area and Beyond!

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Our Mission

Mountain, Stream, and Trail (MST) Adventures was founded to share our passion of the outdoors with others through guided trips, skills courses, equipment rental, and community events.

MST Adventures offers guided kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) trips of the Rio Grande, and guided mountain bike tours in New Mexico. In addition to our guided trips we offer skills clinics and lessons for Mountain Biking, Kayaking, SUP, and Photography. 

Our skills clinics and lesson can be private or semi-private based on the needs of of our clients. When it comes to equipment rentals we have you covered on the water and off, with our snowshoe rentals, SUP rentals, and whitewater kayak rentals. 

We support the outdoor community through the sponsorship of special events like the Sandia Snowshoe Race, memberships with local clubs like the Albuquerque Mountain Bike Association (AMBA) and the Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico. MST Adventures also supports several national organizations that support rivers across the country, including American Whitewater, and the Outdoor Alliance.  We employ and teach using Leave No Trace Ethics and other environmentally friendly practices as set out by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) during our classes and guided trips. 

 

Upcoming Events, Classes, and Tours

 
 
 

Guided Tours

Time outdoors helps re-calibrate the body, mind, and soul. Adventure is calling, but you aren't sure if you have the right skills or equipment.

Guided Tours with MST Adventures will help you answer the call.

 

 

 
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Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Tours

 

Grab your friends and hop on board (oh I crack myself up sometimes...) for a SUP tour down the Rio Grande through the Albuquerque Bosque.

 

 
 

Stand Up Paddling has been used by cultures around the world for over 3000 years for fishing, hunting, transportation, and recreation. Modern SUP designs make for a stable platform to enjoy your time on the water. All SUP tours include introductory instruction from a professional guide, all necessary paddling equipment (including a dry bag for spare clothes, phone, and keys), refreshments, and a unique and beautiful tour through the Middle Rio Grande Valley. Adjustable paddles allow users to stand, sit, or kneel on the boards for comfort and stability. At the end of the day, we bring you back to your vehicles and our guides clean up the equipment. As we progress down the river we will take in the natural sounds and wildlife along the way. Truly a fantastic, fun, and cost-effective way to enjoy the beauty of Albuquerque.

 Call us today to schedule your SUP Tour (505) 717-2526.

Good Morning SUP Tours/Sunset SUP Tours

Our morning and evening SUP tours last between 3-4 hours depending on river flow rates. As the group arrives our staff greets you and takes care of our liability waivers, takes payment, and answers any questions you might have. We then fit you with life jackets and dry bags, before we load up into the adventure van and travel to river put in. At the put in we have a brief instruction time, river safety meeting, and begin our float trip. Total float time ~2.5-3 hours. $85 per person.

Call to book your tour today! (505) 717-2526  Available any day April 1-October 31.

 

Adventure Brewery Tours

A full day of Adventure and Fun! Must be 21+ to take part in this trip! The season determines the adventure (and the beer selection!). In the summer we'll start the morning off with a SUP tour on the Rio Grande through Albuquerque, taking in the sights and sounds of the Rio Grande Bosque. Once we get to the take out, you'll change into a dry set of clothes, load up into the Adventure Van, and head to your first of three breweries for lunch, a flight of beer and a tour of the brewery itself. Then we'll head to two more local breweries for flights of beer. We provide the SUP tour, transportation, and lunch, you bring a change of clothes, beer money, and whatever else you need for a day of adventure and fun! Total trip time ~7 hours. $150 per person (includes lunch).

Call to book your Adventure Brewery SUP Tour today (505) 717-2526. 

Tour Dates:

June 9 (Full)

June 24 (3 spots left)

July 8

July 24

July 30

August 12

August 26

September 9

September 24

Daily during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (10/7-10/15)

 

 

We also offer SUP Rentals!

 

 

 

 
 

Equipment Rental

The outdoors is our passion and we want to share it with you. We carry high-quality equipment available for you to use whenever, wherever. 

 

 

 
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Equipment for Hire

 

We understand that while good equipment doesn't make the experience, bad equipment can certainly detract from it! At MST Adventures we only carry high quality equipment that we want to use. You won't find anything on our shelves from Kohls, like you can at some of our competitors. If you need something that isn't listed below, give us a call - there's a good chance we have it. 

The only thing worse than not having a piece of gear you need, is having to wait around for one. All of our rentals can be picked up the evening before and returned the morning after your rental period - at no extra cost. Need some snowshoes for the weekend? Pick 'em up on Friday, bring them back Monday, and only pay for Saturday and Sunday. Give us a call at (505) 717-2526 to set up your next adventure!

Paddle Sports

Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards

Whitewater Kayak - River Runner

Whitewater Kayak - Play Boat

Snowshoes

Steep Terrain Snowshoes

Rolling Terrain Snowshoes

Youth Snowshoes (2+ years old)

 
 

Private and Group Instruction

"I JUST WANT TO BE GOOD."   We hear this often. Whether it's kayaking, mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, or photography, MST Adventures is here to make it happen by teaching the fundamentals in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. 

 

 

 
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Sandia Lakes Weekly Lessons

Sandia Lakes Weekly Lessons and Clinics are always a great time! Photo: Corey Spoores

Have you always wanted to try kayaking or SUP (stand up paddleboarding), meet new friends, and develop a sense of accomplishment that comes with new experiences? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Samdia Lakes is the place to get started. 

We offer weekly Introductory classes and exploration experiences for stand up paddleboarding and kayaking at Sandia Lakes Recreation Area every Wednesday evening (5:30-7:30pm) from April through September. Sandia Lakes will be open to canoes, kayaks, SUPs, rafts, and just about anything with paddles. Entry to Sandia Lakes is just $8. We have Stand Up Paddleboards and whitewater kayaks available for rent and free to try. 

Our ACA-certified instructors offer low-cost 2-hour introductory paddling lessons each week by reservation. These lessons will teach you everything you need to know to be a safe and effective paddler on flat and gently-moving water. Introductory lessons include the cost of a kayak or SUP rental. We also offer lessons on learning the kayak roll. For this we recommend the participants already have their own kayak as proper fit and outfitting make a large difference when learning to roll. Reserve your lesson by calling us at (505)-717-2526 or using the button below.

Instruction with MST Adventures

 

Learning new skills and building confidence is hard to do on your own. It's too easy to develop bad habits that can make it difficult to become efficient, or worse cause injury from improper movement. Our guides are highly trained and experienced with certifications and/or accreditation, from national and international bodies, in their chosen specialty. 

In outdoor activities like kayaking and mountain biking there are two types of learning participants go through - skills practice and experiential education. Our courses are designed to provide the best of both. Introductory courses and lessons focus more on technical skill building, but also include plenty of practice and problem solving. Intermediate and advanced lessons build from there focusing on more difficult real-world situations and learning the skills required to take you to the next level. 

Any group lesson topic can be taken as private instruction. Give us a call at (505) 717-2526, or click below to sign up today!

Group Lessons

Kayaking (Introduction to Kayaking, Moving Water 101, Learning the Kayak Roll, Intro to Whitewater, Intermediate Whitewater)

Mountain Biking (Introduction to MTB Skills, Introduction to Trail Riding, Intermediate Trail Riding)

Stand UP Paddle Board (Introduction to SUP, Moving Water SUP, Introduction to Whitewater SUP)

Photography (Fundamentals of Photography, Beyond the Fundamentals, Smartphone-ography, Introduction to Film, Landscape Photography Workshop)

 

Private Lessons

Kayaking (Any Group Lesson, Playboating, Advanced Whitewater)

Mountain Biking (Any Group Lesson, Advanced Trail riding)

Photography (Any Group Lesson, Portrait, Wildlife, or other special topic)

 

Special Events

Be on the lookout for special event courses as well. Past events have included a 3-day East-coast kayaking trip, Full Day Adventures (Kayak, SUP, MTB, Snowshoe), Colorado MTB Experience, and more! Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest information!

 
 
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FAQ's

 
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Do you have questions? We're here to help!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose MST Adventures for your gear rental?

MST Adventures offers high quality equipment that has proven itself over and over. We rent only the gear that we trust will provide a positive and unique experience for you. From our MSR Snowshoes to our NRS Life Jackets, our gear is tough as nails.

Why choose MST Adventures for instructional classes and private lessons?

MST Adventures' guides are nationally-certified instructors in their sports. Our guides and instructors are highly experienced not only in their activity, but in instruction as well. Our guides hold multiple certifications from the ACA, IMBA, are active participants at the competitive level and are award-winning. 

What should I bring with me?

Whether you are taking a biking class, a water based class, or just picking up a rental, you should always plan for the weather by dressing in layers; in addition to packing plenty of high energy snacks, water, and sunscreen. Each class and activity will list required equipment based on the discipline and activity level.

I am interested getting better at Mountain Biking, do you rent bikes?

We do not rent bikes, but our friends at The Bike Smith do! TBS has a variety of different types of high-quality mountain bikes available for rent. If you aren't sure what you need, give us a call and we'll be glad to help!

 

Tours and Instruction:

 

How physically fit should I be for my class?

That is a great question. We like address these topics in the class description, look for the Duration, Distance, and Time. We also like to use a 1-5 scale for fitness, 1 is someone who has a desk job and doesn't exercise often, while 5 is someone who is training for an Ironman. Most of our tours fall into the 1-3 range, and classes 2-4. 

I am interested in learning to Kayak/Stand-Up Paddle Board, but I have never Kayaked/SUP’ed before, do you have a class I can take?

We do offer entry level classes for flat/whitewater kayaking and flat water/moving water SUP. These classes are offered at Sandia Lakes Recreation Area, every Wednesday evening, and on limited weekend days throughout the summer.  We have a number of different kayaks and SUPs for rent. Give us a call and let’s discuss what the best option is; and location for your learning style.   

I signed up for a SUP/ Kayak Class, how should I dress?

We suggest dressing to be wet. Chances are that on your first experience you will flip or fall over - and that is OK, in fact it's all part of the learning process! So dress in non-cotton clothes that are fast to dry. Our water is mostly snow melt so it can be fairly chilly. In the spring and fall we suggest that you wear polypropylene long johns or fleece clothing. In the summer a bathing suit is appropriate, just make sure to bring a towel and change of clothes. Read this blog post to learn more.

I am interested getting better at Mountain Biking, do you work with beginners?

MST Adventures loves beginners! We start with a fundamental skills lesson which evolves into riding on trails, trail etiquette, and common bike maintenance topics.

I am interested getting better at Mountain Biking, do I need a full suspension bike?

MST Adventures believes that you can become an awesome mountain biker even with the most humble Huffy.  We will teach you the skills and techniques need to become comfortable on your bike and on the trails. Different types of bikes have different traits and we can help you select the right one for you if you are renting or purchasing.

Do you take credit cards?

You bet. We use Square readers and can take Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Learn more about square here.

 

If you have a question that is not on this list please reach out to us and we will be happy to help you. Call 505-717-2526 or email cspoores@mstadventures.com