Rio Chama Whitewater River Rafting, New Mexico
The Rio Chama, branching out of the Rio Grande, covers an isolated trail of 35 miles form the El Vado Lake to Abiquiu Reservoir in the Rio Arriba County. The Rio Chama was accorded protection in 1988 as a Wild and Scenic River. The river flows through exquisite red sandstone. Canyons and lush hillsides adorned with aromatic sage trees.
The Rio Chama rapids are of Class II-III type and the serene environment is more charming than its moderate whitewater exercises. Nevertheless, the rapids of Rio Chama can be deceptive. A brash rapid may immediately follow a gentler one. The swift streams are ideal for canoeing and kayaking. A section of the river from Los Ojos to El Vado Lake is 15 miles long and is rated as Class I-III. Paddling and rafting in this section is moderate business but beginners should be accompanied by rafters of medium experience. The trails here are easy but thoroughly enjoyable.
The long and splendid desert river canyon demands time to be explored. So, outfitters offer trips of two-three days. Tourists belong to all age groups can have great fun checking out the Long Canyon and fishing in the clear waters. Adventurers can also go on side hikes along the Hart Trail. The San Juan Mountains are streaked with rainbow hues and admirable ponderosa pines and cottonwood trees flock the hill slopes. The Rio Chama trips run from May to June. August is usually marked by heavy rains in this area but special water releases on weekends make sailing possible.