Chama & Surrounding Areas




Chama is quietly becoming the hot new mountain destination in New Mexico. The small town on the Colorado border has long been a destination for hunters and fishermen as well as its views of the San Juan Mountains. Increasingly the town is becoming a haven for vacationers wanting a quiet existence with amazing views. Want to know more about this idyllic town? Contact a R1 agent today!

Welcome to Chama

A rustic, picturesque community boasting Southwestern, small-town charm
Chama, New Mexico, is a picturesque small town in the high desert mountains near the Colorado border. Known for its stunning natural beauty and as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Chama offers a serene escape into nature with a charm that is quintessentially Southwestern.
The town itself is a cozy collection of shops, restaurants, and lodging that cater to visitors looking to explore the surrounding wilderness. From Chama, adventurers can access the southern reaches of the San Juan Mountains, which offer year-round activities. In the winter, the mountains become a snowy wonderland, perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, while in the warmer months, they transform into a playground for hikers, mountain bikers, and fishermen.
For those looking for a quieter day out, the picturesque landscape is dotted with places to simply enjoy the serenity of the outdoors. Wildlife is abundant, with the chance to spot elk, deer, and a variety of bird species, including eagles and osprey.
Chama’s laid-back ambiance, combined with its scenic setting and outdoor opportunities, makes it a sought-after destination to live — and a place where the grandeur of the Old West is preserved and the beauty of the natural world is on full display.

What to Love

  • Breathtaking landscapes promote peaceful, rural living
  • A delightful embrace of charming, small-town allure
  • Seasons that celebrate a vibrant spectrum of recreational adventures
  • A community where faces are familiar and hearts interconnected

Local Lifestyle

The local lifestyle in Chama echoes the essence of small-town living. Residents savor the neighborly relations and the closeness of the community, along with the joys of the serene, natural surroundings. Chama offers a lifestyle that embraces tranquility and bucolic charm, a retreat from bustling urban life.

Dining and Entertainment

Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a comforting meal at Boxcar Café, where the menu often features hearty American classics and a friendly atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era of rail travel. It’s a place where every meal feels like a slice of home, whether you're starting your day with a robust breakfast or winding down with a satisfying dinner.
Fina's Diner is another staple in the Chama dining landscape, providing a retro vibe with its nostalgic décor and a menu to match. Known for generous portions and a homestyle menu, Fina’s Diner invites you to indulge in everything from New Mexican specialties to the all-American burger, all prepared with a personal touch indicative of Chama’s close-knit community.
Elk Horn Café offers another layer to Chama's culinary tapestry. As a local hub, it's not just a place to eat but a gathering spot for the community. The menu is a testament to the area's culinary heritage, serving dishes bursting with flavors and made with local ingredients.
Shopping in Chama might not resemble the retail experience in a big city, but it offers its own rustic charm. Tierra Wools is a local treasure where the art of hand-weaving is not only preserved but celebrated. Visitors can explore a wide range of hand-dyed, hand-spun wool products as they witness a living craft tradition and maybe even take part in a weaving workshop. 
For those seeking a variety of souvenirs, gifts, and local crafts, Monarch Mercantile is a must-visit. Located along Highway 17, this beloved shop features an eclectic collection of items ranging from home décor to locally made jewelry and art.

Things to Do

Chama is not just a picturesque town; it's a gateway to immersive and enriching experiences deeply rooted in the region's history and culture. One of Chama's best attractions is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. This historical railroad offers a journey that is a vivid throwback to the age of steam, taking passengers on a breathtaking voyage through the mountains and meadows of the New Mexico and Colorado border. The railroad is more than a mode of transport; it's a living museum, offering riders the chance to savor the raw beauty of the Southwest from vintage cars pulled by an authentic steam engine.
The annual Chama Days celebration infuses the town with energy and excitement. It's a time when the community comes together to celebrate its heritage and to welcome visitors from all corners. Featuring parades, rodeos, dances, and a host of other activities, Chama Days is a festive reflection of the region's history and communal spirit.

Nature enthusiasts will find their sanctuary at the Edward Sargent Wildlife Management Area Trailhead, a serene haven of biodiversity. Spanning several thousand acres, this wildlife area presents an opportunity to commune with nature through fishing, bird watching, and hiking. The landscape, with its blend of rivers, wetlands, and forests, supports a wide range of wildlife and offers a peaceful retreat from the pace of modern life.

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