Rio Chama Gourmet Three Day Float
Cost: $775 per person plus Nm sales tax
ABOUT THIS TRIP:
The 25 mile Rio Chama trip begins in alpine woodlands as a clear, rushing trout stream and ends at the head of Abiquiu Reservoir as a desert river, rolling among the rainbow cliffs so typical of the Four Corners region. Wooded campsites and lively, but easy rapids make the Chama one of the best river outings anywhere.
MEETING TIME AND PLACE:
We meet at 9:00 a.m. sharp at Bode’s General Store, Abiquiu, New Mexico on Hwy. 84. It’s a gas station and convenience store. You can’t miss it.
Sit back and view the vistas of the craggy peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the massive Brazos Cliffs, over 3,000 vertical feet high, and the village of Tierra Amarilla, during the hour and a half drive to our launch site. Departing from El Vado Ranch, a rustic, riverside fishing resort, the Rio Chama immediately whisks us away through a series of swift riffles and into the evergreen lined canyon. We enter the Chama Canyon Wilderness and negotiate Aragon Rapids (class II). Camp is on an old high water bench, under shelter of ponderosa pines and Douglas firs.
Enjoy a leisurely morning while your camp chef prepares for you a gourmet breakfast. Possible side hikes today may include a hike up any of the numerous side canyons or to the top of Navajo Peak to enjoy the spectacular vista. Arrive at camp early for more relaxation or perhaps some birding.
You will encounter some longer, steeper rapids among the multi-hued sandstone cliffs rising up to 1,000 feet high. Emerging from the wilderness area, we observe a quiet zone as we pass the Christ in the Desert Monastery. Now begins the lively whitewater run (Class II-III) into the headwater of Abiquiu Reservoir. Our mid-afternoon takeout enables us to return you to your vehicles before evening.
Far-Flung Adventures is a professional river-running organization, dedicated to a safe, high-quality river experience for our participants. We truly care about our fragile river corridors. Our aim is to leave no trace of our passage in the wilderness. Please help your guides by keeping picnic areas & campsites clean and litter-free. (New Mexico River trips, a $1/day of your trip costs goes to Rio Grande Restoration’s efforts to protect and restore the Rio Grande basin for future generations.)
Rates include certified river guides, all safety equipment, including lifejackets, transfers to and from the river, splash gear or wetsuits as needed, waterproof dry bags for extra clothing and cameras, all meals and meal service, beverages, and a tax-deductible contribution to Rio Grande Restoration. Rates do not include NM sales tax, and rentals of sleeping bag and pad. A 50% deposit confirms your reservation, with the balance due 14 days prior to trip departure. Reservations made within 14 days of departure will be collected in full.
Cancellations with more than 14 days’ notice will be refunded less 10% of the trip cost. Cancellations within 14 days of travel and “no shows” receive no refund. If Far-Flung Adventures must cancel, your payments are transferable to a suitable alternative trip or refunded in full.