June 26, 2010
Chama Offers New Mexico’s Sun-Drenched Flatlanders
Cool Weekend Getaways
Texans have been escaping the summer heat by taking to the New Mexico hills doing it for nearly as long as there as been a New Mexico. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Chama: The very name conjures up images of relief from the high heat and dry winds that plague much of the Land of Enchantment during these early days of summer. And while many New Mexicans relish the heat, others may need some respite, even if it’s only for a day or two.
“Chama is a tranquil, high-mountain escape, smack dab in the middle of wooded wilderness and a high mountain valley. It's those (cool) temperatures that make summer so enjoyable in Chama,” said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. “Kick back at dusk and watch for elk and deer grazing on the greenbelts or fly
fish the high-mountain streams.”
Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad officials have been forced to temporarily suspend routine operations out of the Chama Depot for an undetermined length of time, as the Lobato Trestle was damaged by a fire Wednesday (June 23, 2010), rendering it impassable by trains. The trestle is being restored to full operational capacity as quickly as possible.
This doesn’t mean, however, that Chama is closed in the interim.
“Chama is so much more than a train depot,” Cerletti said. “Few Southwest destinations offer the unspoiled scenery of the Chama Valley. With an average altitude of 7,800 feet and average July temperature of 68 degrees, the Chama Valley offers a cool New Mexico summer getaway like few others, with hiking, rafting, kayaking, four-wheeling, fishing, horseback riding, shopping – you name it.”
Everywhere you turn, you are greeted by towering mountain peaks, scenic vistas and deep, colorful gorges. Been to Yosemite? You’ll be struck by the similar beauty of our own Brazos Cliffs. All forms of outdoor recreation are at their
finest, offering a new treats and challenges. Make time for adventure in Chama.
Contact the Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce, 800-477-0149 or 575-756-2306; or visit
Contact the New Mexico Tourism Department’s Chama visitor Information Center, 575-756-2235 or
Mike Stauffer, Communications Director, New Mexico Tourism Department