The Rio Chama, Summer, 2018

Our other river is the Rio Chama, the next drainage to the west of the Rio Grande. It joins the Rio Grande at Española, just 20 miles to the south of our headquarters in Embudo. But it is remarkably unlike the Rio Grande in so far as its scenery is concerned. The Rio Grande runs along the Rio Grande Rift, which is responsible for the lava flows that have blanketed the Taos Plateau. The Rio Grande Gorge is cut into those grey and black flows.

The Rio Grande Gorge High Bridge

The Rio Chama, on the other hand, is to the west of all that volcanic activity. It sits on the eastern margin of the Colorado Plateau, that area known for its sandstone scenery. The Rio Chama has cut a canyon into colorful sandstone formations – red, yellow and white strata are seen in the cliffs that contain the river. This is the sandstone scenery made famous in the paintings of Georgia O’Keefe, who lived in the Rio Chama Valley, in the small village of Abiquiu.

the Rio Chama

Chama Rock, on the Rio Chama

Rio Chama Canyon, sandstone cliffs and cottonwood

Placid water

Hot spring

Gypsum cliff

Cliffs of Entrada Sandstone

Swiss cheese wall

You can catch rainbow and brown trout in the dam-release waters of the Rio Chama

Reservoir storage on the Rio Chama is now providing good flows (800 cfs) for the 3-day Wilderness (from El Vado Reservoir) and 1-day Rio Chama (from Christ of the Desert Monastery) trips. Get three friends together and give us a call! 800-984-1444/www.newwaverafting.com

Texas Tech, April 11, 2015

Texas Tech, April 11, 2015. Today, we had a fun group from Texas Tech, in Lubbock. They did the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip. The guides were: Britt, CJ, Joe and Mike. Today’s high was 74 degrees. A beautiful day!

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At the Lone Juniper put-in, just upstream from the Rio Bravo CG, where the group is camping

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Proud of his good looks!

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Proud of his tattoos

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Proud of their tattoos

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Mike’s boat

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CJ’s boat

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Britt’s boat

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Off they go on the gentle float through the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. In the PM they’ll do the Racecourse rapids.

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Joe’s boat

 

 

 

 

Spring Break is for Rafting too – 3/12/15

Spring Break is for Rafting too! Today, March 12, 2015, we had the Ellisons, from El Paso, doing the all-day Rio Grande Gorge trip, and they were joined by the Speights, from Virginia, for the Racecourse afternoon portion. The Speights, a Navy couple, received our military discount of 20% off. And, they informed us that they were on their honeymoon! They thought it was pretty cool that they could combine skiing and rafting on one vacation trip. In years past, we wouldn’t open New Wave for Spring Break, and I (along with Kathy) would be teaching skiing instead. This Spring Break Kathy is up at Taos Ski Valley while I run the New Wave office and drive shuttle. The high today was 65 deg. and balmy. The party spotted an otter on the Racecourse portion, in the afternoon.

One of the easy rapids on the Float portion of the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip is called "S-turn"

One of the easy rapids on the Float portion of the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip is called “S-turn”

The Speights, on the right, join the Ellisons in the afternoon.

The Speights, on the right, join the Ellisons in the afternoon. To the left is their guide, Sancho.

Heading down the Racecourse run

Heading down the Racecourse run

Rio Grande river trips, 4-24-14

We had all foreign guests today – a French couple and an English family. The Armstrong family, from England, did the Racecourse rapids in the afternoon, joining Dominique and Olivier, who were doing the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip. Britt Runyon was their guide. The river is running 565 cfs today, and it’s warm. A beautiful day to go rafting on the Rio Grande river!

On the Racecourse run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

On the left, the Armstrong family. On the right: Dominique and Olivier. Behind, guide Britt Runyon

On the Racecourse run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

From left to right: Britt (guide), Dominique, Olivier

 

New Wave 2014 Season begins with Rio Grande Gorge trip

In conjunction with our partners at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, we launched our 2014 season-opener this morning (the full-day Rio Grande Gorge trip) , with the Midgen family of California. This trip starts in the Orilla Verde section of the newly-declared Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, passes through the little village of Pilar and finishes with the Racecourse rapids. Their guide today is Britt Runyon. The high temp today will be 75 degrees, with water temp of 57 degrees. What a beautiful day!

On the Rio Grande Gorge run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Midgen family, 4/18/14

On the Rio Grande Gorge run of the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

Midgen family, 4/18/14

 

Water rises on the Rio Grande river

The Racecourse run, on the Rio Grande river, near Taos, NM

A gaggle of funyakers?

The  monsoon season in New Mexico is causing the Rio Grande river to rise! It’s now above 300 cfs (cubic feet per second), and looks to keep rising, as it continues to rain in Colorado and New Mexico. We’ve seen the Rio Grande quadruple in volume in past years. Come on out!