link to BLM Rio Chama Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River
OK, from ElVado after May 1 needs a permit for the first 22 miles. Then there is the 8.8 mile second section, day use. There is a campground for registering for the day use, also camping along the 8.8 mile day use area that is paralleled by the access road. So, putin for day use is at Chavez canyon Campground or as we say ( The Monastery, because there is a monastery there too)and takeout at the Big Eddy. You could do El Vado Dam ( Coopers ranch putin) 22 miles and then start your day trips from there for the weeks ahead. If you launch at Coopers go about 2-4 miles down stream you'll see and old shack on the right real close to the river. There is a small warm spring at the edge of the cabin.Enjoy the beauty and excellent fly fishing.
N36 20.262 W106 30.808 turn off Hwy 84 to Chavez canyon
hope some of this helps