Rio Chama Full Day
Rio Chama Rafting
Rio Chama rafting trips are offered through New Mexico River Adventures. The Lower 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 area and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams. Red, yellow and purple color bands are painted across the desert as the river flows past towering cottonwoods and sage plains. This is a true gem of the southwest and very little known to visitors.
The lower Rio Chama rafting outing has a few moderate Class II and III rapids so is perfect for all ages and abilities. the rapids are evenly spaced with ample opportunity to enjoy the southwestern landscape in between drops. The water on the Rio Chama is perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day and the rapids are perfect for the adventurous to enjoy in inflatable kayaks. Of course, paddle and oar boats are available every day, just ask one of our helpful staff for advice when reserving your space.
About half way through the Rio Chama rafting full day adventure, you will stop and take a break on one of the beautiful riverside beaches or elevated benches under the shade of old growth cottonwood trees in the heart of this amazing canyon. Here, a superb river side lunch is served prepared fresh by our guides right in front of your eyes. Our guides are the best in the business, focusing on safety and guest service as a top priority. All are extremely knowledgeable about the area’s geology, ecology and history and just love being on the river. Many with experience on rivers all over the country and across the globe, I know you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do and will certainly help to make your day on the river the best possible.
This trip is a great day long escape from Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque delivering you into a completely different landscape and distinct part of beautiful Northern New Mexico. We are truly lucky to have such a wonderful desert canyon so close. Please come join us for a Rio Chama rafting adventure to see what we mean.
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.