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.

Friends at Cumbres and Toltec, Chama, New Mexico, The Colorado Vacation Directory
Courtesy of the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc.

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.

Friends at Cumbres and Toltec, Chama, New Mexico, The Colorado Vacation Directory
Courtesy of the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc.

Chama is near: Antonito, CO & Pagosa Springs, CO

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Featured Chama Businesses

Chama River Bend Lodge  link to Colorado vacation Link to special offers and discounts icon
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.

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Chama Trails Inn  email this Colorado cabin link to Colorado vacation Photos available on Colorado vacation page
An Inn with a touch of Old New Mexico in Chama. Handmade furniture, family suites, gas log fireplaces, jetted tub. Hiking, snowmobiling, ATV trails nearby. Romance Packages: flowers and private label wine.

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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad  link to Colorado vacation
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.

Scenic Byways Attractions 

Cumbres Adventure Tours  email this Colorado cabin
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.

ATVing and Offroading Snowmobiling 

Elkhorn Lodge Chama New Mexico  link to Colorado vacation New Colorado vacation business
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.

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Rio Chama RV Park  Photos available on Colorado vacation page
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!

Tent Camping RV Parks and Resorts Pets Welcome Scenic Byways Fishing 

Twin Rivers RV Park  link to Colorado vacation
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.

RV Parks and Resorts Scenic Byways 

For more travel information contact:

Chama Activities and Maps

Scenic Byways:
Jemez Mountain Trail Scenic Byway
Narrow Gauge Scenic Byway -UPDATED-

Rafting & Kayaking:
Rio Chama River Rafting

Cumbres Pass Snowmobile Trails

Local Area Maps:
Pagosa Springs Area Map
San Luis Valley Area Map

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