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Rio Chama 3 Day

This is the signature multi-day rafting trip in New Mexico. Due to regularly scheduled releases from El Vado Resevior, we are able to enjoy this incredible canyon and three day rafting trip, most weeks from April through August. We raft 33 mile section of river outside of the the alpine town of Tierra Amarilla, NM.

Rio Chama 3 Day Trip

The trip consists of a float through the stunning colorful sandstone and limestone walls of this amazing canyon and finishes up near the renowned artist village of Abiquiu. The upper reaches of the river are well known for gorgeous pine trees lining the banks of the river and spectacular views of the desert cliffs that border this area and that are so famous in many different artists works, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams. The mellow whitewater here affords ample opportunity to take in all of the colors and beauty of the famous canyon. Red, yellow and purple color bands are painted across the desert as the river flows past towering sandstone cliffs.

The relaxed 3-day itinerary allows us the flexibility to stop often and explore the many treasures within the high reaching walls like hot springs, ancient Indian ruins, and dinosaur tracks to name a few. We will spend two beautiful nights out under the bright New Mexican sky. The Rio Chama is known for it’s nice sandy beach and grassy bench camps, most with ample shade from towering old growth Ponderosa Pines. Each night’s camp will be right on the river’s edge and backed up by excellent opportunities for hiking and the exploration of numerous side canyons and vistas. Sit back in one of our camp chairs and take in the sunset as the colors of the canyon walls change right before your eyes. Enjoy a cold drink as the guides pass around appetizers and prepare a gorgeous dinner and dessert. This is luxury camping in one of the most beautiful river canyons in the Southwestern United States. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own tent, sleeping pad or sleeping bag. Just let one of our friendly staff know at the time of reservation and we’ll take care of everything.

Our Guides for The Rio Chama 3 Day Trip

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.

We highly recommend that the adventurous types opt for navigating the river in their own craft, an inflatable kayak. Of course there will the raft(s) to paddle, allowing everyone the opportunity to be active in our voyage down this Wild and Scenic River. We always bring a large oar powered raft to carry the equipment needed for this incredible wilderness experience.

Minimum age for the Rio Chama multi-day rafting trip is 5 y/o; children should be adventurous and have some previous outdoor experiences. Groups of 4 or more may request Custom dates, subject to availability. Contact us today for more information: 1-800-983-7756.


Trip Type
  • Easy Relaxing
  • Families with Kids
  • History and Culture
  • Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
Nearby Cities
  • Abiquiu
  • Albuquerque
  • Angel Fire
  • Red River
  • Santa Fe
  • Taos
  • Taos Ski Valley
  • Rio Chama
Also Available for
  • Corporate Retreats
  • Family Reunions
  • Weddings
  • Church and Youth Groups
  • College and School Trips
  • Scouting Groups
  • Minimum Age: 5
    Kids Under 12: $400.00
    Adults: $495.00
    (Per Person)