The Chama Valley

The Village of Chama nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at 7,400ft elevation is a little known remnant of days long past. The magnificent scenery surrounding this small mountain community untouched by urban sprawl is much like it was 100 years ago when railroad pioneers constructed the narrow gauge mountain railroad through the beauty of the San Juan Mountains. Today original steam locomotives transport visitors from New Mexico to Colorado crossing two mountain passes aboard the lovingly preserved Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Alive with rich local culture and abundant wildlife visitors enjoy a slower pace. The region boasts two of New Mexico’s largest lakes, excellent mountain trout fishing, and a cool mountain climate. The Edward Sargent Wildlife Area is a Nature Conservancy offering over 20,000 acres of pristine Elk Habitat reaching all the way to the Colorado Boarder and the state’s official elk viewing area. Fall brings hunters from around world to this Elk rich area in pursuit of the largest North American Game Animal.

Fishtail Ranch; a premier Elk Outfitter in the area; has now opened their private ranch to a limited number of summer guests looking for a truly western experience. Ride a gentle trail horse to the well-appointed tent camp where you will enjoy hardy meals, outdoor activities, and memorable evenings relaxing on the banks of the Brazos River.

Call or email anytime:
Lee & Valerie Weiss
HC 75 Box 183
Chama, NM 87520
575-588-7884
leeweiss@fishtailranch.com

Getting Here


From the Village of Chama, NM travel south on Hwy 84 apx 9 miles, turn left (east) on St Rd 512 - just past the 5 mile marker turn Rt on Fishtail Rd, a gravel road through a red pipe gate. Stay right at the fork in the road, stables are on the left just before you get to the river.

We are 90 miles north of Santa Fe, take Hwy 84 all the way past the yellow flashing light at Tierra Amarilla, apx 5 miles farther turn right on SR 512, travel 5.1 miles east and see directions above.

From Taos, NM, Travel Hwy 64 West a beautiful drive across a mountain pass through the Carson National Forest - takes apx 1 hr 15 min to the junction of 64/84 turn right travel apx 5 miles North on Hwy 64/84 turn right on SR 512 travel 5.1 miles east and see directions above.