Rio Chama Rafting and Kayaking 2017-02-14T19:39:07+00:00

July and August bring hotter weather and the perfect Whitewater Tubing flows to the Pagosa area. Once our local rivers drop below rafting levels, we move our trips south to the Rio Chama in Northern New Mexico.  These mellow scenic rafting trips are a great way to relax and unwind with beautiful desert scenery and small splashy rapids.  For the more adventurous, inflatable kayaks are an exciting option at no extra charge.

Rio Chama Full Day:

A Desert Escape

The Rio Chama has a wonderful single day section as the river emerges from the canyon. This wide valley has spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this areas and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams. The Rio Chama has a few moderate Class II and III rapids so is perfect for all ages and abilities. Day trips can be run in oar boats, paddle boats, and inflatable kayaks. Minimum age for this trip is 5 and we meet at Bode’s General store at 9 a.m.

  • Difficulty – Easy (class I to II)
  • Length – 9 miles
  • Duration – 1 Day, 5 to 6 hours
  • Launch Time – 9:00 at Bode’s General Store
  • Price – Adults -$105, Kids under 12 – $90
  • Requirements – Minimum age – 5

For the 2017 season this trip will be run by our trusted partner company New Mexico River Adventures.


Rio Chama 3-Day:

The Ultimate Unwind

A deluxe 3 day, 2 night float through the Congressional designated Wild and Scenic Rio Chama Wilderness.  Guided oar rafts are the primary craft used to travel the 31 mile stretch of the Rio Chama through beautiful Northern New Mexico, but inflatable kayaks are available if you want to paddle your own boat.    Your guides set up camp on the banks of the river and provide made from scratch meals.  The river meanders through rich Ponderosa Pine forests for the first 20 miles and then opens up into the enchanting Ghost Ranch desert.  This is truly an unforgettable trip that will find a special place in your memory and heart. 

  • Difficulty – Easy (class I to II)
  • Length – 31 miles
  • Duration – 3 Days
  • Meeting Time – 9:00 in Chama or 10:00 at Coopers Ranch Put-In
  • Price  – $399 – all taxes, use fees, rafting gear, and meals included
  • Requirements – 30 lb min
  • 2017 Trip Dates 
    • May 6-7 (2 day $299)
    • May 17-19
    • May 22-24
    • July 13-15
    • July 21-23
    • July 28-30
    • Aug 11-13

*4 people are needed to make a Rio Chama trip go.  May and June launch dates depend on natural flow and can be subject to cancellation at the whim of the Core of Engineers.  July and August weekend launches are more reliable with guaranteed weekend flows.