Chama 3 Day Adventure
<p>There are 2 seasons on the Chama, the <strong>Natural Season</strong> and the <strong>Release Season</strong>. During the Natural season water is releaased from El Vado dam 7 days a week, beginning in April and usually through the third week of June. During the Release season water releases are at the whim of irrigation demand. There is a guarantee that water will be released every Friday through Sunday beginning early July through LaborDay weekend. </p> <p>Book an overnight rafting trip on the Rio Chama, one of America's most beautiful Wild and Scenic Rivers, and New Mexico’s most spectacular wilderness boating. The current carries us past cliffs towering up to 1500 feet, striped in vivid shades of pink, vermilion, and white. We make camp under immense old-growth ponderosa pines, in glorious meadows carpeted with wildflowers, or at the foot of a side canyon ideal for a short hike. The dawn mist shrouds the pink sandstone in a silver glow. You wake as if to the beginning of a new world.</p> <p><strong>Access to the canyon is severely restricted and many trips sell out. We recommend you book your Chama raft trip as early as you can.</strong></p> <p>Because numbers of rafters on the Chama are so limited, and there are very few launches each day, you are guaranteed a wilderness experience. If you’re lucky, you’ll see some of the animals that live in this gorgeous wilderness: deer, bears, elk, cougars, wild turkeys, and bald eagles. At night you'll hear the beavers slapping their tails, as the sweet murmur of the river lulls you to sleep.<br /><br /><strong>The perfect family trip: </strong>The Chama is mostly a gentle float, punctuated by easy rapids which speed up near the trip's end. Three days on the Chama gives us time to stop at a historic homestead which was a hideaway for horse thieves, a hot spring, a ghost town, and fossilized dinosaur footprints.<br /><br /><strong>Funyak it!</strong> Let us know if you would like us to bring Funyaks, so you can paddle the river's meandering curves and forgiving whitewater in your own miniature raft. Perfect for those who want a little more challenge. You can still lie back, relax, and watch the scenery float by. <strong>No extra charge.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Design your own Chama raft trip:</strong> We can arrange a gourmet chef, a yoga instructor, Qigong lessons, a massage therapist, a meditation teacher, a herbalist/botanist, all kinds of musicians, a wine-tasting trip … Just ask us.</p> <h3>Comfort Camp Option!</h3> <p>If you prefer to experience the wilderness in maximum comfort, enjoy your own large, extra roomy tent with room to stand and walk around inside, floor rugs, chairs and table, and elevated camp beds with freshly laundered sheets and pillows (see photo below). Valet service included: our guides will pitch your tent, carry your bags, and set up your own private toilet and personal wash stand. Your valet is there to tend to your comfort! Each unit accommodates up to four people. A 3-day Comfort Camp is an additional <strong>$695.00</strong>, per unit. Each unit sleeps 2 people. Four people can fit but for maximum comfort 2 is recomended Call the office if you have any questions. <strong>575-776-8854</strong> </p> <p>Here's what Sandy Cunningham of Uncharted Outposts, New Mexico's only <em>Travel & Leisure</em> magazine-recognized super-agent (2009-2012), says about our comfort camp: "I would wholeheartedly recommend Los Rios River Runners to all my clients. Their amazing luxury camps, expert guides, superb knowledge and attention to detail make for a once-in-a-lifetime River Safari experience in New Mexico. Cisco brings everything to life with his extraordinary storytelling and expert knowledge of the history, culture, flora and fauna of Northern New Mexico! Thank you for taking such amazing care with our Uncharted clients!"</p> <p><strong>WHITEWATER RATING:</strong> Class 3- or 2+<br /><br /><strong>RECOMMENDED MINIMUM AGE:</strong> 6. Younger children can leave the trip at lunchtime on the last day, before the larger rapids.<br /><br /><strong>MEET:</strong> By arrangement. Ride with us from Taos, meet us halfway if you're coming from Santa Fe or points south, or stay close to the takeout at the Abiquiu Inn.<br /><br /><strong>SEASON:</strong> Variable: usually April to late-June, and early-July to early September. Dam releases are more reliable on weekends, but often available on weekdays too. Check with us.<br /><br /><strong>PRICE:</strong> 2-day: $375 adults, $299 children 12 and under. 3-day: $530 adults, $399 children 12 and under. No hidden extras! Does not include tax and federal user fee. Group discount available, extra discount for school and Scout groups.<br /><br /><strong>WE PROVIDE:</strong> All rafting and safety equipment including life-jacket, and helmet if desired; waterproof jacket and pants; all camping equipment including freshly laundered sleeping bag, luxurious 1 ½-inch thick self-inflating sleeping pad and one four-person tent per couple or single guest; transportation to and from meeting place; all meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. </p> <p> </p>
"Just completed a 3 day / 2 night Rio Chama trip. It was awesome. This is my 5th or 6th trip with Los Rios, but first time doing an overnight. We had three amazing guides with us - Bradley, David and Justin. We brought my family and a friends family with us and everyone loved it. It was many of our group's first time camping. Highly recommend the inflatable kayaks if you don't mind a lot of paddling. The food the guys prepared for us was great. We had sandwiches and wraps for lunch with fresh fruit, chips and salsa. For dinner, we had taco night and a stir fry night. Breakfast was also great - pancakes, eggs, sausage,etc. The group accommodated our vegetarian request as well. We ate well... enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Chama river valley and had a great time rafting. I am trying to recruit some friends for a trip before the summer ends. Oh yeah and Scotty our driver was cool and we must have bugged Jo in the office at least 10 times before the trip and she always answered our questions so patiently."