Rio Chama Survival Course

Hands On Wilderness Survival Applications and Instructions in the Wilds of a Great Western River.



June 28-31, 2022


We welcome first-time rafters 14 years of age and older. You should be in normal, good health and prepared for the mild exertions of paddling, hiking, camping and possible swimming.


Students will paddle Inflatable Kayaks for this course and will be required to carry all basic personal gear.


Four-Day: $1099/person

50% Deposit Required



Cancellation Policy

Multi-Day: A cancellation more than two-weeks in advance will result in a full refund minus 10% of total trip cost; A cancellation within two weeks will result in a 50% refund of total trip cost; A cancellation within one week will result in a 25% refund of total trip cost; “no-show” on the day of the trip will void any refund.


  • Learn and put your skills to the test in a real wilderness setting
  • Paddle your own kayak in class II-III rapids
  • Wilderness Navigation Training
  • Learn to Return 101 curriculum



Instruction: A cooperative venture between Far Flung Adventures and the SOS School of Survival, this hands on course and wilderness river trip will allow you to learn and practice survival skills in a fun, controlled and beautiful outdoor environment. Course curriculum is careful planned to optimize exposure to the practical skills needed to survive in forest and desert climes, as well as to practice river running, trip planning, and group and schedule management.

River: The Rio Chama is a benchmark for great western float trips. This beautiful wilderness river has some of the best camping and canyon scenery found in the southwest. The Chama river winds its way through a high desert transition zone made up of towering pine trees and rugged desert sandstone canyons. Over the course of 4-days we will cover miles of river wilderness paddling our own boats, while mornings and afternoons will be spent practicing and going over the ins-and-outs of wilderness survival in a safe and supervised environment. Opportunities for side-hikes, camp exploration and practicing survival skills will be a large part of your experience off of the river. On the river you will practice the art of reading water and river navigation while you paddle your own kayak through class II and III rapids. Our goal with this course is to prepare students for their own adventures, to build confidence, and grow their wilderness experience and skill set.


Instruction: Every morning and afternoon will consist of several hours of wilderness survival instruction. The middle part of the day will be when we are on the water and making miles downstream.

Day 1: We will meet at Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu, NM at 9am. After organizing your gear and purchasing any last-minute items we will head to our starting point in Chama, NM,about an hour north. Our drive will feature vistas of the peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the massive Brazos Cliffs and the village of Tierra Amarilla, the center of Reyes 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 will immediately whisk us away through a series of swift riffles and into the evergreen-lined canyon. Once in the Chama Canyon Wilderness we will negotiate a series of class II rapids and make camp on an old high-water bench, under shelter of ponderosa pines and Douglas firs.

Day 2-3: Solidify your new skills by practicing throughout the following days. Morning instruction and afternoons on the river will be punctuated by possible side hikes and stops to discuss more skills and undergo problem solving scenarios. As we wend our way downstream the colorful canyon walls will grow taller and narrower, and we will encounter more fun class II rapids. At night we will choose from one of the many spectacular campsites and settle in beneath the stars in the Chama Wilderness.

Day 4: As we emerge from the Chama canyon wilderness area, we will observe a quiet zone as we pass by the serene and remote Christ in the Desert Monastery. Once past the monastery we will begin the lively whitewater of the Chama day section and enjoy a long series of fun and splashy Class II-III rapids as we near into the top of Abiquiu Reservoir. We will aim to take out mid-afternoon and have you back to your vehicles by around 4 p.m.

Dates and Discounts

June 15-18, 2022

Camp Scene/Gear

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 tents, waterproof drybags for all of your personal items and camp chairs for fireside relaxation and enjoyment. Sleeping ads 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.


As an alternative to our Chama offerings, we also offer 5-day course on the Green River in Utah!



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(575) 758-2628

Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm

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