Kayak New Mexico, Inc., improves the physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being for people with physical or developmental disabilities through Adaptive Kayaking.Kayak New Mexico 501(c)(3) was founded to improve the quality of life for people with physical or developmental disabilities through recreational 'adaptive' kayaking. Kayak New Mexico builds courage, confidence, and character for people with physical or developmental disabilities, one stroke at a time, through our adaptive kayaking programs. Our motto, "Come as you are", encourages people of all ages and abilities to come kayaking with us. By adapting the environment, equipment, or teaching methods, we are able to accommodate most consumers into our adaptive kayaking programs. Upon completion of the adaptive kayaking program, our students are invited to join the broader paddling community as a continuation to their learning, and ultimately helping our adaptive paddling students strive toward independence in an inclusive community environment.
Our programs include kids and adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities, programs for Healing Veterans through the VA Medical Center & Wounded Warrior Project, programs for Albuquerque Public Schools Adaptive PE programs and summer camps for kids with Cancer, Autism, Muscular Dystrophy, Wheelchair Sports Camp, and others. In the past, Kayak New Mexico has provided Recreational Respite for kids with Autism and homeschool programs for various niche groups.
  • American Canoe Association – Volunteer of the Year (2013)
  • UNM Center for Development & Disability – Community Partner (2012)
  • New Mexico Outdoors Coalition – Engaged Citizen Award (2013)

Learn more about Adaptive Kayaking programs for kids and Healing Veterans, at-risk kids, summer camps, environmental and educational programs.


We do some pretty fun things on the water. Open House events, summer camps, volunteer training, triathlon support, river cleanups and more.


Volunteers are vital to Kayak New Mexico. Without them, we wouldn't be able to meet the needs of those in our programs. Click here to learn more.

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