Looking for an adventure ? Paddle the Chama River. We rented kayaks from REI in ABQ. not the recommended boat for the inexperienced paddlers, inflatable rafts are the craft of choice. Water runs from quiescent to borderline class III depending on CFS being released from up river. Look for long runs of class II w/ large boulders mid-river. Proper paddling gear required.
Riverside camping is allowed along the entire length with Nat'l Park campgrounds below the put in by the Monastery. From that access to to the "Big Eddy" take out is about a 4 hr. paddle.
It is an oasis in the high desert canyons with breath taking views all along the way. Highly recommended for adventure seekers. Free and no permit required below the monastery and is only floatable during late spring and early summer during releases from upper reservoir.
Memorial Day Paddle. Kadasha, Trip Advisor