We recommend that guests check out the many attractions in the area. Chama is small, but the region is busting with fun activities. Local shops provide everything from art to railroadiana to the ubiquitous T-Shirt shop.
For more information about any of the listed activities, check in the office at Rio Chama RV, or contact the Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce at chamavalley.com
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad – America’s longest and highest scenic railroad, call 888-Cumbres or on the web at 888-Cumbres. Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October, enjoy regular passenger trains, or one of the great special events.
Thomas the Tank Engine(tm) spends part of the summer in Chama — this year June 15-16 and 21-23. Kids LOVE Thomas!
Territorial Days – June 28 and 29, enjoy a festival of music, food, and gunfights. The Rio Arriba Stuntmen’s Association helps organize this festival.
Chama Days – a weekend celebration of life in Chama, August 08, 2013 – August 11, 2013. A great weekend to get away from the big city and enjoy some great summer fun. Double elimination Softball Tournament, Three-on-Three Basketball tournament, Professional Rodeo Sat/Sun, Fireworks Sat. Plenty of eats and fun. Also a Car show, Mud Bog Contest and a Poker Run.
Pagosa Springs – enjoy the public hot springs, shop, eat, and play golf. Pagosa is only 45 minutes away, and the drive is truly memorable.
Abiquiu – tour the Georgia O’Keefe museum, and enjoy numerous festivals.
Tierra Amarilla – fifteen minutes from Chama, T.A. hosts Heron and El Vado lakes, great scenery, and numerous artisans.
Tierra Wools – a wool consortium, check out the shop, take classes in spinning, weaving, and dying, and enjoy a wonderful group of people
Rio de los Brazos – Wow!!! The Brazos ridge looms over the entire valley; fish, sight see, and eat along the Brazos.
Jicarilla Apache Nation in Dulce – one of several tribal nations in New Mexico, the Jicarilla have a rich history of art and the outdoors.
El Vado Lake and Abiquiu Reservoir provide great water sport and fishing activities. Each has it’s own character, and provides great fun throughout the year. Heron Lake is quieter, with speed limitations on motor boats, but has excellent fishing and sailing waters.
The upper Rio Chama alongside the campground is a typical mountain river — fishing is easy with our riverbank access. Further downstream, the Rio Chama is a national Wild and Scenic River with class II to IV rapids; rafting, kayaking, and extreme fishing are exciting challenges for the adventurous.
Above Chama, in Colorado, fishermen can enjoy several mountain lakes, the Rio de los Pinos, and the Conejos rivers. Remember that you need the appropriate fishing license for the region you fish in, and some areas have restrictions.
Edward Sargent Fish and Wildlife Area (over 20,000 acres) is a great place to hike, ride horses, and fish. The Rio Chamita is a special restriction trout stream in Sargents, and the entire area is headquartered adjacent to the village of Chama, only a few blocks from Rio Chama RV Park.
National Forests surround Chama and include Carson National Forest (in New Mexico), and Rio Grande National Forest (in Colorado). BLM lands also sprinkle the area. Public lands are generally accessible to the public, but check with the appropriate offices to ensure that you know what it takes to be safe and protect the lands.
Great Sand Dunes National Park – these dunes are located northeast of Alamosa Colorado, but are part of a great day trip across the San Luis Valley.
Mesa Verde National Park – a premier attraction in the four corners area, Mesa Verde makes a great weekend trip to learn about the Anasazi People. Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
Chaco Culture National Historic Park – southwest of Chama, this is a primitive park that will put you in touch with the culture and heritage of the ancestral Puebloan Peoples. During the middle and late 800s, the great houses of Pueblo Bonito, Una Vida, and Peñasco Blanco were constructed, followed by Hungo Pavi, Chetro Ketl, Pueblo Alto, and others. The culture flourished for over 300 years.
Los Alamos National Laboratory – The Bradbury Science Museum at Los Alamos provides more than 40 interactive exhibits in the Museum’s three galleries: History, Defense, and Research. Exhibits explore the Manhattan Project, the Lab’s work on national nuclear defense, and the Laboratory’s research on life sciences, material sciences, space, supercomputing, energy, and the environment.
Santa Fe, The City Different – true to the modern slogan, Santa Fe is the capitol city of New Mexico, but provides shopping, festivals, art, accommodations, and culture far beyond the normal scope of a small city. The heritage of Santa Fe stretches from the ancestral puebloan through the Spanish era and into the American West. Check out all the thousands of activities at SantaFe.org
Taos – home to Taos Pueblo, artists, artisans, and sports enthusiasts all call the Taos area home. Winter sports, mountain biking, hiking, shopping, and food are all specialties of the people of Taos. Check out Taos,org for all the details.
Ghost Ranch — art, history, paleontology, rest, and recreation in the settings made famous by Georgia O’Keefe.
Echo Amphitheater — a fantastic rim rock formation with a natural echo pour-off run by the Forest Service on highway 84 just north of Ghost Ranch. This is a regular stop for us when traveling between Santa Fe and Chama.
Windy Point and Cumbres Pass — namesake and key photo op for the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, this area is a regional landmark at the head of Wolf Creek that provides a great picnic area, magnificent scenery, and access to the national Continental Divide trail. Trains are visible for 30 minutes or more as they work their way up the canyon, and make for truly great photo opportunities.