Village of Chama, New Mexico
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Chama Valley, New Mexico a Year Round Destination
-- Famous for its' Art, Culture, Outdoor Adventure and TRAIN!
High in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico lies our vacation gem; historic Chama is a diverse valley region stretching from the Colorado border to the Tierra Amarilla Valley. Famous for its art, culture, train, and outdoor recreation. From its sparkling headwaters to its confluence with the mighty Rio Grande, The Rio Chama offers the best fly-fishing in New Mexico!
CHAMA IS GRAND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO with elk habitats and clear rivers. Wildlife roams through town while the Milky Way is visible above. Local cuisine, lodging and RV parks, plus colorful characters await visitors.
CHAMA IS SURROUNDED BY NATIONAL FORESTS making it an outdoor adventure center: hunting, fishing, mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, and camping. Not far from Historic Chama you'll find the Continental Divide Trail.
MOUNTAIN BIKING: Popular trails include the Archuleta Trails #741/740.1, Cumbres Pass North Trailhead #813, The Chama Basin Trailhead #738, Chama River Trail #738, NST Continental Divide Trail #813, Red Lake Trail #733 and West Fork Rio Chama Trail #740. Please share these trails as hikers are also enjoying them.
WINTER IN CHAMA: Our days are sunny and our nights are clear and filled with stars. The surrounding mountain peaks sparkle in the moonlight with their jewelry of freshly fallen snow. Our winter trail system for snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers offer gorgeous scenery and days of exploration. Running along the 10,000 foot-high Cumbres Pass, the trails were used by animals, Native Americans and, later, white settlers lured by the gold rush. SNOWMOBILERS ARE GIVEN FREE REIGN DURING THE WINTER. Parking is available near the pass.
RIO CHAMA: The Chama river is a diverse trout river; it flows as a freestone stream for many miles through high mountain forests and meadows. It passes through the 50,000 acre Chama River Canyon Wilderness Area. The Chama has good populations of large wild browns and rainbows. Because most of the river is remote, you usually see wildlife, the scenery is unrivaled, and the fishing can be outstanding. The Chama River is truly a "wild river" offering an unforgettable fishing experience!
OUR FAVORITE SEASONAL ACTIVITIES IN CHAMA VALLEY NEW MEXICO
JANUARY: Every Martin Luther King weekend, Chama hosts the Chama Chile Ski Classic, a cross-country ski event. There are races and special events occurring all weekend.
The CHAMA TRAIN DEPOT is the western terminus of Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Steam Train Excursions leave the Chama depot daily from Memorial Day to mid-October. Train robberies and beautiful vistas entertain visitors riding the living history museum railroad.
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Chama hosts a fabulous 4th of July fireworks display every year.
CHAMA DAYS: Is celebrated in early August each year with parades, music, sports and a mountain carnival atmosphere.
AUTUMN: Aspens and cottonwoods turn Chama and the surrounding mountains into a golden retreat and playground during the fall; best viewing usually in September.
Learn More About Vacationing in Chama New Mexico
Call our Chamber's Visitors Center or stop in for a chat and local brochures.
LOCATION: 8 miles south of the Colorado border at the junction of New Mexico Highway 84/64 and Highway 17.
For a Visitors Guide: 800-477-0149; 575-756-2306 -- Mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.
Funding provided by Village of Chama Lodgers Tax -- Thank you!
- Elevation: 7850 feet above sea level.
- Region: Antonito - South Central, Colorado
- Region: Chama - North Central, New Mexico
- Restaurant: On site.
PRIMARILY YEAR ROUND ACTIVITIES
- National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
- State Parks: On site.
- Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: On site.
- Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
- Museum: On site.
- Restaurant(s): On site.
PRIMARILY SUMMER ACTIVITIES
- Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
- Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
- Tourist Train Rides: On site.
- Mountain Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
- Cross Country Skiing Trails: Trails start on site.
- Snowshoe Trails: Trails on site.
- Snowmobile Trails: Trails start on site.