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Camp and Kayak the Rio Chama

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  • Rio Chama Campground

    Forest Road 151, Abiqui, NM (map)

    36.324749 -106.612244

  • Look for the yellow Dodge Dakota Steeler Truck!
  • We will camp at the Rio Chama Campground Friday and Saturday nights and those who have or rent a kayak will be able to ride the rapids on Saturday/and or Sunday. Kayaks can be rented at REI. It is an easy river that beginners could handle. Most of the river is slow and relaxing. The rapids increase about 2/3 of the way down the 6 mile trek. The campground is free with clean restrooms and picnic tables and fire rings. There is hiking and I have heard that there are some slot canyons that I would like to find. Fishing is also an option at the river or Abiquiu Lake Two vehicles will fit in each camp spot.
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/santafe/recarea/?recid=75502
    Directions:
    At Jct of SH 96 and US 84, travel 8 miles on US84 to FR 151. On FR 151, travel 12 miles west to campground. The campground is on the left. If you reach the boat launch site, you have gone a bit too far.


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  • John U.

    Got your message regarding kayak rentals. I am not sure if New Mexico Kayak Instruction has inflatables for rent, or would rent to kayakers whom have not demonstrated their abilities to one of their instructors. Here is their info and I would recommend contacting them to ask those questions: NMKI
    http://www.newmexicokayakinstruction.com/kayak-rentals [masked]

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      John... Need to talk to you ... Please message me your number

      August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will the water level be enough for this weekend?

    August 12, 2013

  • Janice C.

    I may end up bowing out of this if I can't locate an inflatable kayak in time (which may give me more time for further instruction). :)

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I know there is a place in Taos... I don't know of anywhere else. Try googling it. I own mine. Everyone is still welcome to camp and hike either way.

    August 5, 2013

  • Lupita/Reiki M.

    also, where does one rent inflatable kayaks? REI only rents hardshell, and no helmets.

    August 5, 2013

  • Lupita/Reiki M.

    what will be the logistics for bringing us back to our vehicles after the rafting trip. Also, are permits required since its blm?

    August 5, 2013

  • Ira B.

    Oops, forgot my daughter's dance company (she's the director/choreographer) performs Friday and Saturday night at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Command performance for me.

    August 4, 2013

  • Janice C.

    I want to try this but I have NEVER been kayaking before. I was told to go to a lesson on Wed. night at the pool. Do you think I'd be able to handle this after 1 lesson??

    August 3, 2013

    • Janice C.

      I'll accept all the advice you give me :)

      1 · August 3, 2013

    • chip b.

      If you are new to kayaking, I would have to agree with Jane. This stretch of river is fun, but I would want some formal instruction before floating it in a hard shell. Not trying to scare anyone off, but the last time I floated this section of river, one of the seasoned kayakers flipped and hit his head on a rock. He was glad he had a helmet on. I would also recommend New Mexico Kayak Instruction to anyone thinking of entering the sport. All of the instructors are top notch and "good folk". It has laid the ground work for what I hope to be a long journey for me "down the river".

      1 · August 4, 2013

  • Janice C.

    I will be there Saturday morning, I really can't camp because I don't have any of my equipment

    August 3, 2013

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