Chama's Charms

Tucked between the southern foothills of the San Juan Mountains and the western reaches of the Brazos Mountains, the Chama River Valley offers a scenic starting point for backcountry adventures in Southwest Colorado and Northwest New Mexico.

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• Chama River Trail #738:
Follow the Chama River to the confluence of the West and East Forks along this scenic, 2.5-mile hiking and equestrian trail. Steep cliffs of volcanic rock, and groves of cottonwood, alder and aspen trees are some of the views afforded on this trek toward the upper basin.  

• West Chama Trail #740: Virgin spruce-fir forests, waterfalls and landmarks such as Banded Peak highlight this eight-mile trip that continues from the Chama River Trail endpoint.  

• Archuleta Trail #741: This four-mile, multi-use trail takes riders along the Archuleta Creek and into the near-wilderness of the Archuleta Creek Valley.

New Mexico Treks

• Edward Sargent State Wildlife Area: Elk herds abound in this 20,400-acre habitat stretching from Chama to the Colorado state line. The area is open to equestrians year-round, but riding is restricted to designated areas from May 15 through June 30, and during established elk hunts.

• W.A. “Bill” Humphries State Wildlife Area: Access for equestrians in this 10,868-acre wildlife area begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through November 15, except during deer and elk hunts.

• Rio de los Pinos State Wildlife and Fishing Area: Riding season here runs year-round.

For information on Colorado trails, call (719) 274-8971, or visit fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande. For information on New Mexico trails, call (505) 476-8000, or visit wildlife.state.nm.us.

Local Outfitters

• Conjeos River Ranch
Antonito, Colorado
(719) 376-2464
conjeosranch.com

• Rainbow Trout Ranch
Antonito
(719) 376-5659
rainbowtroutranch.com

• Equine Escapes
Hernandez, New Mexico
(505) 753-3531
equine-escapes.com

• Fishtail Ranch
Chama, New Mexico
(505) 588-7884
fishtailranch.com

• Reid Hollo’s Enchanting Adventures Chama
(505) 756-2685
reidhollosbiggame.com

Nearby Attractions

• The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad offers a spectacular 64-mile train ride between Chama and Antonito.
(888) 286-2737
cumbrestoltec.com

• Ghost Ranch, an educational center and resort in Abiquiu, New Mexico, is home to the Piedra Lumbre Education and Visitor Center, the Florence Hawley Ellis Museum of Anthropology and the Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology.
(877) 804-4678
ghostranch.org

• Tierra Wools, a century-old weaving studio and showroom at Los Ojos, New Mexico, offers a glimpse of Rio Grande weaving traditions. Workshops are held throughout the year.
(888) 709-0979
handweavers.com