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 Ç whatever the season Ç Chama is the place to be.
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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.
BIG RIGS welcome - 60 foot drive-thrus sites! Camp in shade along Chama River in Chama, New Mexico along scenic Highway 17 and watch the train as it steams over the bridge by our campground.
Ask for a River site & fish here! Along the Chama River in the mountains of northern New Mexico, 6 miles from Colorado. RV sites are large with 50 amp full hookups & pull-thru. ADA bathhouse. Free WI-FI.
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Chama Activities and Maps
Rafting & Kayaking:
Rio Chama River