June is a month of variety in Chama. Nights are still cool, but daytime temperatures top out in the high seventies or low eighties now. The Rio Grande Cottonwood trees are starting to drop their catkins, with the cottony structures being blown long distances in the spring breezes. Rocky Mountain Irises are blooming throughout all but the highest elevations now. Ferns are beginning to peek through the grass on aspen covered and open mountain slopes, with many people harvesting the unopened fiddle-heads to add flavor and texture to salads and ethnic foods. The campground is full of chipmunks and squirrels. We still see mule deer on quieter days, and the hummingbirds and grosbeaks are running rampant!
The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is in full swing, with trains passing by every day. Riders who stay with us also get to enjoy the trains crossing the Rio Chama bridge. We recommend you ride the full length of the route to enjoy some of the best scenery in the area. Contact the railroad at 888-Cumbres or on the web at cumbrestoltec.com