(nr Chama NM)
The Río Chama flows out of the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado into northern New Mexico and empties into the Río Grande around Española NM. These photos were taken along the portion near the village of Chama and Heron Lake.
From its headwaters at nearly 11,000ft it descends to about 5,600ft as it reaches the confluence with the Río Grande. Surely, in other areas the river takes on differing characteristics. For example, near Heron Lake it cuts a pretty deep gorge.
Along its 130 miles journey, it has been dammed to form Heron Lake, El Vado Lake, and Abiquiú Lake (lakes actually being reservoirs). Each of them provide recreation including, hiking, boating, fishing, and camping.
North of Abiquiú, it passes through the wild and scenic Río Chama Canyon Wilderness often between 900 to 1,500ft deep in some places, and Class II rapids which makes it popular for rafting, and remote riverside camping.
Camp: Heron Lake SP-Brushy Pount CG drycamp
Scene: River, rocks, trees