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June 17-19, 2016

Cost: $850 plus NM state sales tax


Far-Flung Adventues and Francois Maeder of Crumpets wants you to enjoy a special region and an exceptional trip. The 25-Mile Rio Chama Trip begins in Alpine woodlands as a rushing trout stream and ends at the head of the Abiquiu Reservoir as a silty desert river, rolling among the rainbow cliffs so typical of the Four Corners Region. Lovely wooded campsites and easy rapids make the Chama one of the best river outings in the southwest.


A wonderful family trip for ages 6 to 86!! You should be in normal good health. If you choose to the trip in a Funyak, you’ll need to be physically fit and possess a good amount of strength.

Boat Choice:

Oar Boat, Paddle Rafts or Paddle Assisted Oar Boats. We think the best way to enjoy this trip is with 4 to 6 of your willing friends in a paddleboat. This requires everyone to be willing, physically fit or experienced. Our 14 and 15 foot self-bailers have interior grablines and footcups, the best of Class V paddle-rafting technology. Guests who do not feel up to the challenge can specifically request an oar-raft, piloted only by the guide. This will allow for you to be a passenger while still providing you with plenty of thrills. You may select the paddle-assisted oar craft, we can discuss options with you.


Funyaks are canoe-shaped inflatable rafts in which you sit on the floor and paddle with a double-bladed paddle like a kayak. Funyaks take more strength and skill to use and are available when river flows are less than 1500 cfs. Our guides will teach you how to paddle, what to do in case of capsize and will assist you in moving down the river safely. These are available for an additional $30 per person and must be reserved in advance.


The First Day we put-in at the craggy peaks of the San Juan Mountains flanked by the massive Brazos Cliffs. Our launch point is at the El Vado Ranch, a rustic, riverside fishing resort. The Chama immediately whisks us away through swift riffles into an evergreen-lined canyon. We enter the Chama Canyon Wilderness and exit some class ii rapids to our camp at an old high-water bench. Under a canopy of Ponderosa pines and Douglas firs, participants will enjoy abundant opportunities for fishing and hiking on the designated Wild And Scenic River.
Day two is very leisurely; from the hearty, hot breakfast to possible side trips for hiking in the many side canyons, participants will arrive at camp early for relaxing camp time and dining in style.
The third day starts with steeper, longer rapids through multi-hued sandstone cliffs rising 1000’, emerging from the wilderness area into a calm, quiet zone, the Christ in the Desert Monastery can be viewed. Now the lively whitewater runs of the headwaters of the Abiquiu reservoir carry us to the take-out point and we shuttle to the ghost ranch before our vehicles are locked in for the night.


Spring offers cold nights and generally unpredictable conditions... Summer season trips find a more settled weather pattern with warm days and cool nights. Participants will want to prepare for any weather contingency.

What to bring:

Participants will be provided with a detailed gear checklist upon trip confirmation as well as medical information forms to prepare for any special needs.

Far-Flung Adventures will provide certified boatmen, self-bailing rafts, all meals and meal-service items, river-safety equipment, waterproof protection for cameras / binoculars / personal gear, tents, portable toilets, as well as transportation to and from the assembly point. Sleeping gear can be reserved in advance your river guides have many years experience on the Rio Chama. They are trained in river rescue and emergency first aid and are certified by the New Mexico river outfitter’s association.


Groups of 12 or more may qualify for a discount; call for more information


A 50% deposit confirms your reservation. Reservations made within 14 days of departure will be collected in full.


850$ per person plus NM sales tax


Received with more than 14 days notice will be charged 10% of total trip cost. Cancellations within 13 days notice will be charged 50% of the trip cost…cancellations and ‘no shows’ the day of trip will be charged the total trip cost.


9:00 AM SHARP at Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu, NM on Hwy 84. It’s a gas station and convenience store, 24 mi NW of Espanola on Hwy 84 at mile marker 212.


Located just 1 mile from our meeting place is the Abiquiu Inn…1-800-447-5621 or on the web at http://www.abiquiuinn.com

Our Hours

Mon-Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mon-Thurs 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri-Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm