Gourmet Cuisine on the Chama River
This world class trip is made possible by a collaboration with François Maeder, renound french chef and owner of Crumpets Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas. Through his expertise and artistic flourish he will provide menus derived from classic continental cuisine; most recently, folks and guides were treated to marinated shrimp, rack of lamb, beef wellington, and eggs benedict for breakfast. You will feast on specialized and varied menus, as well as fine, hand-picked wines perfectly paired to your evening meals. All of this, and you will be enjoying your meal riverside, beneath towering ponderosa pines looking out on a canyon backdrop of multi-hued sandstone cliffs. This has been one of Far Flung Adventures' best rated experiences ever since we started doing them almost 30 years ago! If you are looking for the perfect gourmet wilderness experience, look no farther than this trip.
April 1- Sept. 15
We welcome first-time rafters seven years of age and older. You should be in normal good health. Guides will do the navigating in our oar-powered, self-bailing rafts. Teams of experienced paddlers may request the more exciting paddle boat. All that we ask is that you prepare yourself for as much delicious food and incredible scenery as you can handle!
Adult $825.00 100% Deposit
Our (1-1/2 hr.) shuttle to the put-in features vistas of the craggy peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the massive Brazos Cliffs-over 3000 vertical feet high, and the village of Tierra Amarilla, the center of Reies Tijerina's land grant revolt of the l960's. Our launch point is at El Vado Ranch, a rustic, riverside fishing resort. The Chama River immediately whisks us away through a series of swift riffles and into the evergreen-lined canyon. We enter Chama Canyon Wilderness and negotiate Aragon Rapids (Class II). Our camp is on an old high-water bench, under shelter of ponderosa pines and douglas firs. Besides the peace and beauty of a designated Wild and Scenic river, Far Flung travelers also enjoy abundant opportunities for trout fishing and hiking.
Enjoy a very leisurely morning beginning with a hearty, hot breakfast. Hike up any of the numerous side canyons or to the top of Navaho Peak for a spectacular vista. We will arrive at camp early for more relaxing and camp time.
We will encounter some longer, steeper rapids and multi-hued sandstone cliffs up to 1000' high. Emerging from the canyon wilderness area, we observe a quiet zone as we pass the Christ in the Desert Monastery. Now begins the lively whitewater run (Class II-III) into the headwaters of Abiquiu upper Reservoir. Our take out at mid-afternoon, enables us to return you to your vehicles before the gates at Ghost Ranch are locked for the night (6PM).