Chama is the home of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, America's most authentic narrow gauge steam railroad. From the coal tipple to the conductor's smile - the Cumbres & Toltec hasn't changed over the past century. It twists and turns through the beautiful San Juan Mountains on tracks that tamed the West.
Heron Lake and Heron Lake State Park is less than twenty minutes from the Branding Iron Motel. A picturesque lake set among tall pines, Heron Lake State Park has been designated a "quiet lake" where boats operate at no-wake speeds only. This park is known for its excellent sailing, fishing and hiking.
Located in New Mexico's northern mountains, El Vado Lake and El Vado State Park offer fishing, boating, water-skiing, speedboats. A five and one-half mile scenic trail along the Rio Chama connects El Vado with nearby Heron Lake.
Hiking & Mountain Biking & River Rafting Discover endless trails in and around the Southern Rocky Mountains - from colorful cliffs of Mesozoic rocks in the Rio Chama Wilderness to a vast landscape of Ponderosa and Pinion pine mesas and Sage brush flats. Here are a few interesting and helpful links...
The Jicarilla Apache Nugget Casino is located on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in nearby Dulce, New Mexico. Annual events on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation include Little Beaver Celebration in July and the Go-Jii-Yah Feast in September.
Visit Tierra Wools, the 100 year old weaving studio and showroom in Los Ojos, New Mexico. Get a glimpse of a time when the Hispanic weaving tradition maintained village artisans through long cold winters.
The W.A. "Bill" Humphries State Wildlife Area is comprised of 9,000 acres. The elk habitat is accessed on horseback or foot. The park offers designated-area camping and elk hunting by permit only.
Chama Calendar of Events
Events are scheduled in advance and are subject to change. Please call the Chama Chamber of Commerce (Call 800- 477-0149 or 575-756-2306) to confirm the events calendar.
The Chama Valley and northern New Mexico is a perfect place to spend your vacation, no matter what your interests. Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, Chama offers outdoor recreation: hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and boating. Hunting and fishing are nearby. Should you care for a change in atmosphere, the artistic scene of Taos (www.taoschamber.com) and Santa Fe (www.santafe.org) are just a short drive away. Or perhaps you'd enjoy a visit to charming Abiquiu, made famous by renowned artist Georgia O'Keeffe.