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 »
TALK TO CHAMA
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: 888-286-2737
67 miles north of Taos; Drive time: 1 hr., 24 mins; Elevation: 7,871 ft.; Population: 1,500.
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.
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.
Photo: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad by Roger Hogan.Visit the Chama website