Chama Canyon Road

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Chama Canyon Road, Forest Road 151, is located at the border of the Carson National Forest and the Santa Fe National Forest near the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. The easy 13-mile dirt road traverses a few low-lying areas. While none are prone to flash flooding, two areas along the route would be pretty muddy after a rain or snow melt. Four-wheel drive is not required for this road.

The colorful landscape along this route is breathtaking. Another cool feature is the area where the Rio Chama and the Rio Gallina meet. One river is crystal clear, and the other is murky silt. Below the confluence, they flow side by side with a clear delineation until finally mixing well downstream.

There are several established primitive campgrounds with vault toilets along the trail and quite a few dispersed campsites along the Rio Chama. A quick detour down FR 151U leads to a boat and kayak ramp.

The trail deadends at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, which welcomes visitors.