Rio Chama River – Full Day River Trip


Join us for a full-day trip through the land and scenery that inspired artist Georgia O'Keeffe. This adventure begins about 70 miles northwest of Santa Fe, in the red rock country of northern New Mexico. We will float about eight miles of relatively tame water, negotiating a number of class II rapids as we pass through magnificent scenery surrounded by Ponderosa Pines. The multi-colored cliffs along the Chama are among the most beautiful in New Mexico.

We will stop halfway through the day for a healthy, all-you-can-eat buffet lunch, freshly prepared by Kokopelli guides. After lunch, we continue downstream, running more class II rapids on our way to the takeout.

This trip can be done in a paddleboat or an oar-powered raft, which allows more time to take in the sights. Minimum age is five.

The Chama day trip is typically runnable on weekends when water is being released from the El Vado Dam.

Trip Details

Price: $115* per person (Age 5-12 $95* )

Duration: 5-6 hours from Bodes or 7-8 Hours from Santa Fe

Meeting Location: Kokopelli Rafting – Santa Fe, NM @ 8:15 am or Bodes General Store – Abiquiu, NM @ 9:30 am

Meeting Time: 8:15 AM or 9:30 AM

Difficulty: Class II - III-

Season: May 1st - Sept (typically Weekends due to Dam Release Schedule)

Includes: Guide, Gear, Transportation, and Lunch

Participant Requirements: Must be in generally good physical fitness, have the ability to brace yourself inside the raft, and paddle periodically as requested by the guide. Must be age 5 and up. Participants over 225 lbs in weight require additional screening.



*Prices do not include taxes or federal user fees.