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TALK TO CHAMA
Chamber: 575-756-2306
info@chamavalley.com
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: 888-286-2737

LOCATION ETC
67 miles north of Taos; Drive time: 1 hr., 24 mins; Elevation: 7,871 ft.; Population: 1,500.

HISTORY
Set at the base of 10,000 ft Cumbres Peak in the North-Central Rockies of New Mexico, Chama and the Rio Chama Valley in particular have been called some of the richest regions for archeology studies in the U.S.  Indigenous peoples of the Southwest have inhabited the area for at least 1,000 years.  

LANDSCAPE
The 130-year-old narrow gauge steam train of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad carries tourists over a 64-mile high-mountain scenic route. The Puye Cliff Dwellings, established near the end of the Anasazi period, stand in silent testimony to the resilient character of the ancient ones.

MUST SEE, MUST DO
A quaint downtown filled with hundred-year-old historic buildings, restaurants offering up popular 'red or green' New Mexican fare, local arts & craft shops, lodging of every variety and price, all set on a main street below the glimmer of the old-time gas lamps.

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Photo: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad by Roger Hogan.

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Chama

An agricultural and art village known for its narrow-gauge Cumbres Toltec Scenic Railroad.

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Community Listings

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  • Branding Iron Motel

    Nestled in the Rio Chama valley at the Southern tip of the spectacular Rocky Mountain Range, the Branding Iron Motel welcomes you from May to October. visit site »

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Organizations
  • Chama Chamber of Commerce

    Chama is a fertile valley stretching south from the Colorado border to Abiquiu, New Mexico, with the Rio Chama running through it. Depend on the Chamber to learn what to see and do in Chama. visit site »

    Village of Chama

    The online Village Hall provides contacts for municipal services, event information, business listings and history of the area. visit site »