There are so many things to do and see in Northern New Mexico
Visit and experience the wonder and beauty of our area, we welcome you.
Continental Divide Trail
The Village of Chama is a gateway community of the Continental Divide Trail. The Land of Enchantment offers many wonderful CDT experiences! From the rugged Rocky Mountains to the desert grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert, the CDT extends for 820 miles through New Mexico, a mosaic of azure skies, adobe architecture, ancient civilizations, “Wild West” desperados and red rock cliffs. The CDT meanders through some of New Mexico’s most spectacular natural and historic landscapes: the dramatic mountains of the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, mesa tops and canyonlands made famous by Georgia O’Keefe, the Wild & Scenic Rio Chama, thousand year old Zuni-Acoma trade routes, the volcanic badlands of El Malpais National Monument, and the nation’s first wilderness area, the Gila. New Mexico is home to pronghorn antelope, roadrunners, gila monsters, javelina, and turkey vultures, as well as ponderosa pines, cottonwoods, aspens, mesquite, prickly pear, and yucca.
The Sargent Wildlife Area can be found north of Chama in Rio Arriba County. The parking area is located at the north end of Pine Street, in the northwest corner of the village.
The property provides habitat for elk and other wildlife species. It is one of the largest properties owned by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department. Its northern boundary extends to the Colorado state line. The Sargent property consists of high aspen meadows, alder-lines streams, oak groves, and grassy meadows. Activites include, Wildlife Viewing, Photographing, Hiking, Bicycling, Skiing/Snowshoeing, Horseback Riding, Camping, Hunting and Fishing. A beautiful wildlife area and unique because it is very close to the village of Chama.
The SnoBall Balloon Rally is held annually in February in Chama, NM. Some of New Mexico's elite hot air balloon pilots fly each morning of the festival, soaring over the Chama Valley's picturesque snow covered mountain backdrops.
Opening day on May 25, 2019 offered the added thrill of not one, but TWO special double-headed trains. Trains pulled by two steam engines are extremely rare in the 21st century. Opening day featured double-header trains departing from both Chama, NM and Antonito, CO. Passengers had the rare thrill of witnessing four steaming locomotives together at the scenic Osier Station lunch stop, half way between both starting points.
This undiscovered gem is an intimate, off-the-beaten-path archaeological site located at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado. You’ll walk in the footsteps of the fascinating and enigmatic Ancestral Puebloans of the Chaco Canyon, following primitive pathways that haven’t changed for 1,000 years. Archaeological ruins and artifacts, abundant wildlife, and its setting in the breathtaking San Juan National Forest make Chimney Rock a must-see.
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert is a community of Benedictine monks. The Monastery is completely off grid on the Chama River. The area is popular for river rafting. It is located north of Ghost Ranch which is near Abiquiu, New Mexico. An unpaved dirt road follows the Chama River 13 miles into National Forest to the Monastery which is surrounded by beautiful red cliffs and scenery. The Monastery of Christ in the Desert was founded in 1964. Guests are welcome to stay in guest quarters for private retreats. The beautiful South West style architecture includes a lovely Chapel near the main building with a gift shop and refectory. See website for more information.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Home and Studio is a historic house museum at 12 Palvadera Drive in Abiquiú, New Mexico. It was from 1945 until 1984 the principal residence and studio of artist Georgia O'Keeffe. It is now owned and managed by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, through which guided tours can be arranged.
280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu NM 87510, Highway 84 between mile markers 224 and 225
Ghost Ranch has been an Education and Retreat Center of the Presbyterian Church since 1955 and is open to all. Some of the activities include, tours and trail rides, museums, trading post, guest quarters, group faclities, campground, workshops, lectures, farm to table program, and much more. Located about an hours drive North of Santa Fe, New Mexico.