Project Description

Four-Day with Brent Berry + The Neighbors


  • Dates: June 25-27, 2021

  • PARTICIPANTS:  We welcome first-time rafters seven years of age and older. You should be in normal good health. Guides will do the navigating in our oar-powered, self-bailing rafts. Teams of experienced paddlers may request the more exciting paddle boat, an inflatable kayak (one and two-man option) or a stand up paddle board.
  • CRAFT:  We welcome beginning rafters 12 years of age and older. You should be in normal good health and prepared for the moderate exertion of paddling and possible swimming. Guides will do the navigating paddle rafts, or those who wish to hold on and ride along may request an oar boat.
  • COST: Adult: $650.00   Child: $525.00   50% Deposit Required

  • CANCELLATION POLICY:  Reservation cancellation more than 2 weeks before trip date receives a refund minus 10% of trip cost. Less than two weeks before trip date forfeits deposit.
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Join “The Neighbors”, a nationally recognized band specializing in jump-blues, americana bluegrass and boleros. With guitar, mandolin and 5 string banjo playing originals, classics, and contemporary tunes, these guys get the house rocking.

The Neighbors – Based in Taos New Mexico this 3 piece band has two stepped onto the national music scene performing the finest jump-blues, americana bluegrass and boleros for many audiences. Led by Brent Berry on guitar with Jimmie Killingsworth on mandolin and Peter Oviatt on 5 string banjo. Playing classics, contemporary and originals these guys get the house rocking. 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 silty 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 for almost anybody.

Learn more about Brent Berry and his music at his website:

Brent Berry Music Trip Dates: June 25-27, 2021

Four-Day Itinerary: After several years of such phenomenal three day trips where we all wished we had more time on the river as the take-out approached, we decided to add an extra day onto our Brent Berry trip this year! You can expect everything lined out below for the 3-day itinerary, except with a 4th day added in that will likely be a relaxing layover day at one of the Rio Chama’s many fantastic camps. A fourth day will allow time for more exploration and enjoyment of the wonderful Chama river corridor and time where guests are encourage to participate in a great side hikes, have some peaceful alone time with the wilderness, or hang around camp and enjoy a day full of food, fun and music!

Day 1:

An 1-1/2 hr. shuttle to the put-in features vistas of the craggy peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the massive Brazos Cliffs-over 3000 vertical feet high, and the village of Tierra Amarilla, the center of Reies Tijerina’s land grant revolt of the l960’s. Our launch point is at El Vado Ranch, a rustic, riverside fishing resort. The Chama River immediately whisks us away through a series of swift riffles and into the evergreen-lined canyon. We enter Chama Canyon Wilderness and negotiate Aragon Rapids (Class II). Our camp is on an old high-water bench, under shelter of ponderosa pines and douglas firs. After a delicious supper The Neighbors will serenade us into the night.

Day 2:

Enjoy a very leisurely morning beginning with a hearty, hot breakfast. A song or two to get us going and we are of down the River. Hike up any of the numerous side canyons or to the top of Navaho Peak for a spectacular vista. We will arrive at camp early for more relaxing camp time, riverside music and great food.

Day 3:

We will encounter some longer, steeper rapids and multi-hued sandstone cliffs up to 1000′ high. Emerging from the canyon 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 headwaters of Abiquiu upper Reservoir. Our take out at mid-afternoon, enables us to return you to your vehicles in Abiquiu before 6:00pm

Get ready to pitch a tent, sling a hammock, throw down a pad, and relax! Every day we will prepare and serve you a delicious riverside lunch, not limited to, but often including an array of home-roasted sandwich meats and homemade dips and salsas (see some of our recipes here). In addition, our camp dinners and breakfasts are a classic staple of the Far Flung experience, as 40 years in business has not only taught us the principles of reading white-water…but also of cooking and camp ambiance!

***Please let us know ahead of time about any allergies or special food requirements***

Camp Gear:

Following is a list of required and recommend items for this three-day camping excursion. You will also receive this list as part of your confirmation email. As part of the trip we will provide waterproof dry bags for all of your personal items and camp chairs for fireside relaxation and enjoyment. Pads and sleeping bags are not included, though if needed we provide a sleep kit (1 sleeping bag and sleeping pad) for an additional $12/night.

Please click here to look at a more in-depth list of required and recommended camp gear:

Going Camping? Here’s what you’ll need.