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Chama River Above Abiquiu Lake Spark 06-10-2019

Chama River Above Abiquiu Lake

The Chama River, a major tributary of the Rio Grande, in Northern New Mexico, flows through a multi-colored sandstone canyon whose walls grow to 1,500 feet. From El Vado Dam the Chama River continues flowing south, entering Chama Canyon and Santa Fe National Forest and the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. It is joined by Rio […]

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Chama River Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking Spark 06-10-2019

Chama River Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

The Chama River in Northern New Mexico is America’s Newest Wild and Scenic River. This 8 mile stretch begins beneath a secluded Benedictine Abbey and ends just above Abiquiu Reservoir, where this silty desert river rolls to a halt among the rainbow cliffs of this remote four-corners location. Chama River has two “seasons” – the […]

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Rio Chama Runoff Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

Rio Chama Runoff Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking

Rio Chama has two “seasons” – the early season is from May 1 through mid-June, and the release season is from mid-July through August. Permits from the BLM Taos office are required for runs through Chama Canyon (see “Permit Requirements” below), but paddlers can run the 9 miles from Chavez Canyon access to Big Eddy […]

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El Vado Lake State Park

El Vado Lake State Park July 14, 2020

2,100-acre to 3,200-acre lake in a spectacular setting on the Chama River at an altitude of close to 7,000 feet. Maximum depth is about 170 feet when full. Boaters can camp out overlooking the lake and at a number of scenic primitive sites on both the north penninsula and another on the west side of […]

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Heron Lake New Mexico

Heron Lake New Mexico

A picturesque lake set among the tall pines of northern New Mexico, Heron Lake has been designated a “quiet lake” where boats operate at no-wake speeds only, making it an excellent location for all types of paddle craft. Heron also has amazing sailing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. Heron is a fisherman’s paradise with record-size trout […]

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Rio Grande Gorge Whitewater Rafting Race Course Big Rock

Rio Grande Gorge Whitewater Rafting Big Rock Section Race Course

Class I to Class III rapids (easy to moderately challenging) with names like: Big Rock, the Narrows, and Souse Hole. We’ll serve refreshments and snacks at the end of the trip and then return you to your vehicle and dry clothes! March through June are typically high water months. The Race Course flows all summer […]

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