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Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River (BLM)
3150 NM 112 Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
NorthCentral
575-758-8851

Rio Chama is co-managed by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forest Service. 24.6 miles of the river is congressionally designated as a Wild and Scenic River and flows through the Rio Chama Wilderness Study Area managed by the BLM, and the Chama River Canyon Wilderness managed by the FS. Towering cliffs offer an outstanding wild river backdrop for the angler or boater. To protect the river environment from overuse, and to maintain a high quality experience, boating is limited to a set number of boaters per day. There is a lottery system to assign launch dates. Launch Lottery/Summer Season: All launches on the 31 mile wilderness segment of the Rio Chama from May 1 to Labor Day must have an advance permit - please visit the BLM website provided with this listing. Day-runs require a boater registration form with the BLM before you launch. Fees • $5 per person for the entire 31-mile run. Group size maximum 16 people. • $6 per application lottery fee for 31-mile run during the summer. Contact the Taos Field Office for more information. • No charge for put-in at Chavez Canyon.