If you are looking for the perfect relaxing introduction to a multi-day rafting trip, this is the trip for you.
Multi-Day Rio Chama Rafting
- Person Ages 10+
Raft the Rio Chama River
Get ready for an experience of a lifetime! Check out our 3-day rafting trip down the mighty Rio Chama River. Camp along the river in a tent, hammock, or sleep under the stars. This “hard to get on” permitted river flows through designated wilderness study areas allowing only a select few people to view it each year. This area is co-managed by BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and the U.S. Forest Service, allowing the preservation and use of public lands.
There will be plenty of time to check out the canyon while on and off of the river. Hanging around camp there will be time to explore or relax under the countless stars at night. We will begin the trip from El Vado Ranch on day one, spending two nights in the canyon before taking out near the Abiquiu Reservoir. All meals from lunch on day one through lunch on day three will be provided. Check out the itinerary below for a bit more detail on each day and what to expect.
Our day 1 launch point is El Vada Ranch at 3150 NM-112, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575, a beautiful spot with a nice old western feel. After pushing off we will float down the Rio Chama River and go through Aragon Rapid – a Class II to start the day. Around mid-day, we will stop for a nice riverside lunch before continuing downriver to our first camp. After setting up camp, while our guides prepare dinner sit back and enjoy the breathtaking scenery and sunset before the stars come out.
Wake up to a warm cup of coffee or tea while breakfast is being prepared. After breakfast, we will continue down river stopping for some short side hikes to explore the area before getting to camp 2. Once at camp feel free to explore some more of the area around camp.
Start the final day with some hearty breakfast and hot coffee or tea before pushing off for our last day on the water. We will travel through some whitewater full of class II-III rapids as we push into the headwaters of Abiquiu upper Reservoir where we exit the canyon and arrive at the take-out. We will load our vehicle and head back to our meeting point to drop you off at your vehicles.