Rio Chama RV Park In Northern New Mexico


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Autumn with yellow leaves at Rio Chama RV Park, Chama, New Mexico
Surrounded by Shade Trees-- Camp Alongside Historic Railroad Equipment -- See the TRAIN as it Steams Over Bridge By Our Park
Camping at Rio Chama RV Park, Chama, New Mexico
Full Hookup Pull-Thru RV Sites -- 20 River View Sites -- Separate Tenting Area -- Fish On-Site Along the Rio Chama Known for Its' Trout

Family Friendly Camping

Near Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad!

Stay here and ride or take photos of the Cumbres and Toltec Narrow Gauge Train as it steams over the river on historic bridge by our park.

CAMPGROUND: Camp along the Rio Chama with tall trees to shade our grassy sites. Sites have 30 amp or 50 amp service. Big rigs will enjoy the spacious 60 foot drive-thrus sites with room for slideouts. Some sites have BBQs. 20 river view sites. Separate area for tenters. All have WiFi, fires rings and picnic tables. RV supplies available.

TWO COVERED PAVILIONS: Have a fire ring or grill to support separate areas of our park. Pancake Breakfast served on Occasional Saturdays.

FISHING: Angler's will delight in the excellent salmon and trout fishing at nearby Heron Lake and El Vado Lake State Parks. Or fish on-site along the Rio Chama known for its trout;.there is also whitewater rafting on the river.

Because of our central location at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains, we are within a day's drive of Santa Fe, Taos, Mesa Verde, Sandia Peak and Pikes Peak.

A Brief Railroad History -- We're Railroad Buffs

The San Juan Extension: The track over which the CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD runs was originally built by the Denver & Rio Grande out of Denver, Colorado. After reaching Alamosa, its tracks headed south toward Antonito, then west into the mountains, reaching Chama, New Mexico in 1880 with its intended destination being Durango and Silverton Colorado, 107 and 152 miles away (respectively), being reached by the year 1882. The most scenic section is now preserved as The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. When you are up in the high passes and the clatter of rail joints lulls your mind, think of all the people, and all their reasons for traveling, that have gone this way before. In one hundred years, that's a lot of reasons.

Chama is in Northern New Mexico - Driving Directions, GPS and Phone

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: We are located in northern New Mexico, only 7 miles south of Colorado on scenic Highway 17 and 52 miles West of Antonito. Two blocks North of the Train Depot on Highway 17.

MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 706, Chama NM 87520.

GPS: 36.906132, -106.57782 (latitude, longitude)

STREET ADDRESS: 182 N Hwy 17, Chama NM 87520

PHONE: 575-756-2303 -- For Current Rates and Availability; To Book Your Vacation: mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.



  • Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Groups.


  • Camping Open Dates: 5/1 to 9/30
  • Along a Highway: Easy access for quick and convenient RVing along Interstate or State Highways.

Camping Rates

  • Tent Camping Rates: $19 a night for two people.
  • RV Camping Rates: Range from $32 to $54 a night for two people.
  • Additional Person Rate: Adult: $4. Kids free under the age of 2. Kids: $2.
  • Weekly RV Camping Rates On-Season: Range from $192.00 to $324.00 for two people.
  • Monthly RV Site Rates (Electricity Included) On-Season: Range from $608.00 to $790.00 for two people.

Site Description

  • RV Sites: 91
  • Tent Sites: 10
  • Separate Tenting Area: Yes
  • Total Sites: 101
  • Electric & Water Hookups: 15 sites with electric and water only.
  • Full Hookups: 76 sites with water, electric and sewer.
  • 50 Amp Hookups: 30 sites with 50 amp electrical service.
  • Long RV Sites 45+ Feet: 64 RV sites are 45 feet or longer.
  • Pull-Thru Sites: 64
  • RV Sites Wide Enough for Slideout(s): 85
  • Separate Group Camping Area: Yes


  • Elevation: 7960 feet above sea level.
  • Region: Antonito - South Central, Colorado
  • Region: Chama - North Central, New Mexico
  • Location: Close to Town.
  • Setting: Mountain views. Waterfront setting along a river, stream or creek. Country feel. Forested.
  • OPEN Campfires (individual use): Yes. (If no local fire bans are active.)
  • On-Property in Central Area for Guests to Use: Central Area for OPEN Campfires. (If no local fire bans are active.) Central Picnic Area with BBQ Grills.
  • Credit Cards: Visa Card. MasterCard.

Pet Policies

  • Pets at Campground & RV Park: Pets are allowed at campsites for no additional cost. Well-behaved dogs or cats are allowed on a leash outdoors while their owners are on-site.
  • Pet Park (leash free zone): On site.
  • Vet Services: Walking Distance (within 1 block).

Technology For Guests To Use In a Common Area

  • Internet Cafe: Walking distance.
  • WI-FI Wireless Internet: Available free.


  • Groups Welcome: Club. Youth group with adult leaders.
  • Group Meeting Area: Indoor room and outdoor area.
  • Central Area for OPEN Campfires: Yes. (If no local fire bans are active.)
  • Central Picnic Area with BBQ Grills: Yes
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 14
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in COVERED Outdoor Picnic Area: 48
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Outdoor Open Picnic Area: 65
  • Maximum # of Camping Sites with a Group: 50


    Primarily Year Round Activities

    • National Forests & BLM Lands: 10 minutes drive.
    • Designated Historic District, Site or Plaza: Walking distance.
    • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
    • Art Gallery: Walking distance.
    • Restaurant(s): Walking distance.
    • Internet Cafe: Walking distance.
    • Casino Gambling: 30 minutes drive.

    Primarily Summer Activities

    • Stocked Fishing Pond: 25 minutes drive.
    • Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
    • Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: 25 minutes drive.
    • Boat Rentals: Canoe, Raft, Row, Paddle &/or Motor: 25 minutes drive.
    • Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: 60 minutes drive.
    • Kayaking Rentals: 25 minutes drive.
    • Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): 5 minutes drive.
    • Jeep Trails: 15 minute drive. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
    • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Trails: 15 minute drive.
    • Tourist Train Rides: Walking distance.
    • Mountain Bike Trails: 10 minutes drive to trailhead.


    • Hunting in Area: 15 minutes drive.

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