Project Description

River Gourmet Float


  • Dates: July 6-8

  • PARTICIPANTS:  We welcome first-time rafters six years of age and older. You should be in normal good health and prepared for the moderate exertions of paddling and possible swimming.

  • CRAFT: Guides will do the navigating in oar-powered rafts or paddle boats. If you want a little more excitement and freedom, this is a great trip to request an inflatable kayak.

  • COST: Adult: $850.00   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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This trip is what we jokingly call a a three day “float and bloat”, and you will get what we mean once we’re out here! The backdrop for your dining experience will be the wonderful sandstone walls of the Rio Chama wilderness as you enjoy specialized and varied menus and hand-picked wines perfectly paired to your evening meals.

This world class trip is made possible by a collaboration with François Maeder, renowned french chef and owner of Crumpets Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. Through his expertise and artistic flourish he will provide menus derived from classic continental American cuisine and fine French dining.

Enjoy your meals riverside beneath towering ponderosa pines overlooking a sweeping canyon wilderness. This has been one of Far Flung Adventures’ best rated experiences ever since we started doing them almost 30 years ago! If you are looking for the perfect gourmet wilderness experience, look no farther than this trip.

Celebrate 50 years of Wild and Scenic rivers this summer on the Wild and Scenic Rio Chama!

River Gourmet Float: July 6-8


The next 4 people 3 people to book before June 1st can save 10% using promo code “gourmet10”

Day 1: 

Our (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. Besides the peace and beauty of a designated Wild and Scenic river, Far Flung travelers also enjoy abundant opportunities for trout fishing and hiking.

Day 2:

Enjoy a very leisurely morning beginning with a hearty, hot breakfast. 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 and camp time.

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 with enough time for your to reach your destination that afternoon.

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 drybags for all of your personal items and camp chairs for fireside relaxation and enjoyment. Tents, pads and sleeping bags are not included though if needed we provide a sleep kit (1 two man tent, 1 sleeping bag and sleeping pad) for an additional $12/night – or a deluxe sleep kit that includes two cots for $22/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.