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Rio Chama Weekly Flow Forecast

Update 9-28-2016:

The Rio Chama flows will remain at 500 cfs through the weekend of October 1-2nd.  After that the flows will drop into the 200 - 300 cfs range.  Only small rafts, 12 ft. or less and kayaks and canoes are suitable for these low flows.  No advance permits are required.  Please register and pay at fee station at the launch area.

Watch Rio Chama below El Vado to get real time updates.

Boating the Rio Chama - 2016

Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River

In the Spotlight

BLM Seeks Public Comments on a Draft Land Use Plan Amendment and Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Acceptance of a Land Donation to Sabinoso Wilderness

The BLM proposes to acquire the 4,080-acre Rimrock Rose Ranch, adjacent to the Sabinoso Wilderness in San Miguel County, New Mexico.  The majority of the Ranch would be donated to the BLM by The Wilderness Land Trust for inclusion within the designated Wilderness, under the Section 6 provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964.  Acceptance of the donation would provide public access to Sabinoso Wilderness for the first time.

The BLM is also proposing to make the two allotments for which the Ranch served as base property unavailable to livestock grazing (per 43 CFR 4110.2-1).  The Ranch property contains important riparian resources and, when it served as base property for the two allotments, the grazing operation on the two allotments depended on the riparian areas as a water source and/or for trailing livestock.  To alleviate potential impacts to riparian resources in a manner consistent with management prescriptions applied under the 2012 Taos Resource Management Plan (RMP), the BLM proposed to make allotments 735 and 736, totaling 6,260 acres and 1,044 animal unit months, unavailable for grazing through an RMP Amendment.

The Draft RMP Amendment and Environmental Assessment is now available for a 30-day public review and comment period. Click here to access the document, and for information on how to provide comments.

Inventory of lands with wilderness characteristics conducted for Río Grande del Norte National Monument

The BLM is asking the public for help in completing its inventory of lands with wilderness characteristics within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. To facilitate public input, workshops are scheduled to be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, October 14 at Kit Carson Electric Coop Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos
  • Thursday, October 15 at the Village Hall Council Chambers, 2500 NM 522, Questa
  • Press Release
  • Click here for more information on this inventory, including preliminary findings.




Access to Santa Cruz North Lake Facilities to be Restricted

Management Planning for Río Grande del Norte National Monument
The BLM is preparing a management plan for the Río Grande del Norte National Monument which will amend the current land use plan through the preparation of an environmental assessment.

Planning / NEPA

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Rio Grande del Norte National Monument


Recreation Sites


Río Grande del Norte National Monument

-Recreation Opportunities

Wild Rivers Recreation Area

 - Rinconada Loop Trail

Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway

-Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Río Grande Wild and Scenic River

-Red River Wild and Scenic River
-Taos Valley Overlook Trails
 Río Chama Wild and Scenic River
 Santa Cruz Lake

Sabinoso Wilderness

 La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs
 Diablo Canyon Recreation Area
 Horsethief Mesa Trail
 Nambe Badlands Trail


Taos Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
226 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM  87571-5983

(575) 758-8851
(575) 758-1620 FAX