The Rio Chama day stretch is one of northern New Mexico’s most popular family friendly river section. This trip is great for families and groups looking for a scenic wilderness day float in one of the most beautiful and iconic areas in the Southwest. This 8-mile stretch begins beneath a secluded Benedictine monastery and ends just above Abiquiu Reservoir, where this silty desert river rolls to a halt among the rainbow cliffs of this remote four-corners location.Trips meet at 9:00 AM at Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu, NM. After a scenic drive along the multi-hued sandstone cliffs of what we like to call “Georgia O’Keeffe country”, we will launch near the Christ in the Desert Monastery in a wide high-desert valley. Guests can expect fantastic scenery, fun and splashy class II whitewater and a delicious riverside lunch. After a great day on the water,we will take out at Big Eddy river access point at the head of Abiquiu Reservoir and plan to have you back to your vehicles around 4pm
Localizing CA Waters Rio Chama Rafting Workshop
Explore prior to the conference June 13th and tour the canyon country of the Rio Chama in northern New Mexico with water leaders and participants from around the arid west. This Localizing CA Waters workshop as part and partnership with the Next Generation Water Summit, will discuss watershed toolkits and their intersection and relevance on water policy for rivers in the arid west. Various stops will include touring restoration sites, local hydrology, water toolkit demonstrations as relates to recent climatic and water level events in the Rio Chama.
Location: Abiquiu, New Mexico (meeting at Bode’s General Store)
Date: June 13th, 2023, 9am-4pm
Localizing CA Waters Facilitators: Martha Davis, Regina Hirsch with additional hydrology professionals
Join us for an adventure that you will never forget!