Project Description

Rio Chama Full Day


  • SEASON: April 1 – September 30
  • PARTICIPANTS:  We welcome first-time rafters 6 years of age and older and ask that you be in normal good health.
  • CRAFT:  Most people prefer paddle boats or an individual inflatable kayak on this Class II river, though an oar boat is always an option.
  • COST: Adult: $125.00 Child: $105.00  50% Deposit Required

    Group of 4 or $500 minimum required

    50% Deposit Required

    Call For Information: 575-758-2628

  • 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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Sample Itinerary

The Rio Chama in Northern New Mexico is America’s Newest Wild and Scenic River. This 8 mile stretch begins beneath a secluded Benedictine Abbey 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.

We meet at 9:00 AM at Ghost Ranch, 15 miles north of Abiquiu, New Mexico on US Highway 84 at mile marker 227. After a 45 minute drive along multi-hued sandstone cliffs we will launch near the Christ in the Desert Monastery. We encounter our first rapid, Meandering, followed by a lively whitewater run (Class II) consisting of Skull Bridge and Gauging Station, into the headwaters of Abiquiu Lake. Taking out at mid-afternoon, enables us to return you to your vehicles around 5 pm.