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THE CHAMA VALLEY

Time stands still in the Village of Chama at the base of the scenic 10,000 ft. Cumbres Pass. Boom times came to the town when the narrow-gauge railroad  arrived in 1881, and  Chama became a mining, logging and transportation hub for much of the New Mexico Territory. Today,  Chama is a charming settlement of 1,250 residents.

 

Few Southwest destinations offer the unspoiled scenery of the Chama Valley.  With an average altitude of 7800 feet, the Chama Valley offers a wide spectrum of recreational activities all year long. There is year 'round access via major highway and the region enjoys a four-season climate.  The Chama Valley is bordered by three popular wilderness areas: the Carson, Rio Grande and Santa Fe National Forests.

 

In SPRING, mid-May snowmelt creates spectacular El Chorro Falls,  cascading from the Brazos Cliffs. SUMMER is a celebration of outdoor activity: boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and more. Cool evening temperatures in FALL paint the mountainsides with brilliantly colored foliage.  The Valley is also a hunter's dream with an abundance of mule deer and elk. In WINTER, the mountains can be blanketed with snow, creating a snowmobiling and crosscountry skiing wonderland under the bright New Mexico sun.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Elevation:  7,850 feet

Population: 1200+

Public Schools: 2 Elementary, 1 Middle School, 1 Consolidated High School

Medical Facilities: 2 Medical Clinics with Resident Physicians, Medical Staff and Dentist Nearest Hospital is 75 miles  

Climate: 300 days of sunshine!

Average July temperature is 68 degrees; average January temperature is 21 degrees

Average snowfall is 103 inches

Whether your taste runs to rustic cabins, charming B&B's, historic hotels or modern motels, The Chama Valley offers accommodations at all price levels. Area restaurants offer everything from spicy New Mexican dishes to traditional family fare.  You are invited to visit the Chama Valley for a relaxing vacation, far away from city stress - The Chama Valley - "The Getaway Destination."  

 

   

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