Chama - North Central New Mexico
In the late 1800s, Chama's narrow gauge railroad brought droves of people to the town, eager to cash in on its logging and mining booms.
Today, Chama's railroad still drops off crowds, but they're usually more interested in relaxing than back-breaking work.
Located in northern New Mexico, the small town of Chama has become a top year-round destination for vacationers who love to play and unwind outdoors. It doesn't matter whether vacationers are interested in hunting, fishing, camping, boating, cross-country skiing, or just taking in a little bit of New Mexico's history, Chama has it all.
Summer time is perfect for hiking and biking the miles of mountain trails located in the three national forests - Carson, Rio Grande and Santa Fe - and two state parks bordering Chama. Four-wheelers love to venture across Cumbres and Mogote passes, and the Chama, Brazos and Los Pinos rivers keep anglers plenty busy. And the antique Cumbres and Toltec Train takes vacationers on a scenic narrow gauge adventure to nearby Antonito, Colorado.
Winter draws cross-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobile enthusiasts eager to explore the area's San Juan mountains. When spring rolls around, visitors flock to El Chorro Falls, which are formed by snowmelt rushing over the breathtaking Brazos Cliffs. And fall brings the opportunity for breathtaking drives along the state's nearby highways, perfect for taking in the changing colors.
So, if you're looking for hard work in Chama, it's best to look elsewhere. But if you're looking for a great vacation, whatever the season, Chama is the place to be.
Featured Chama Businesses
Chama New Mexico - Where spring lingers through summer! Amenities: Free am coffee, cable TV, WI-FI, air-conditioning, central outdoor hot tub, lodge rooms, and cabins with fully equipped kitchenettes.
15 rooms with handmade furniture. A touch of Old New Mexico in Chama. Family Suite Rooms have gas log fireplaces. Jetted tub. Romance Packages include flowers and private label wine. Fish year round.
America's Highest & Longest Narrow Gauge Railroad explores 64 miles of wild & rugged territory along the Colorado/New Mexico border, traveling through tunnels, over trestles & deep into 2 National Forests.
Guided snowmobile excursions into Cumbres & La Manga Pass areas. In summer rent an ATV and ride along the beautiful Conejos River. On Highway 17, between Antonito, CO and Chama, NM.
This country lodge has played host to thousands of visitors on the banks of the Chama River near the New Mexico Colorado Border. Elkhorn's Guests relax in our year round hot tub. Fish, snowmobile, raft.
Watch the TRAIN as it steams over the bridge by our campground. BIG RIGS welcome: 60 foot drive-thru sites! Camp in shade along the Chama River in Chama, New Mexico along scenic Highway 17. WI-FI!
Pull-thru, full hookup RV sites at the crossroads of Highway 17 and Hwy 64/84 near Chama New Mexico. On-site: Chevron Gas Station, bathhouse, laundromat, LP/propane gas. Camp in the shade or sunlight.
For more travel information contact:
Chama Activities and Maps
Rafting & Kayaking:
Rio Chama River Rafting
Cumbres Pass Snowmobile Trails