When most people hear the words “New Mexico” they immediately think of a searing desert landscape with few trees and fewer lakes and rivers. Are they surprised when they come to the Chama River Valley! Cooled by Mountain breezes and abundant flowing waters, the Chama River Valley is always 10 to 20 degrees cooler than lower elevations in New Mexico, Texas or Colorado.
This enchanted valley has always been a draw for people who come to fish the many rivers and streams, seek wildlife in the dense forests and yes – escape the brutal heat of lower elevations. Native tribes regarded the Chama River Valley as sacred ground. They would establish summer camps to hunt and fish and then return to lower elevations when the snows arrived each winter.
Situated at about 7,800 feet above sea level, the Village of Chama offers the charm of a mountain community, far from the hustle and bustle of cities like Albuquerque, Denver and Santa Fe. Though only about 3 hours on excellent roads from Albuquerque, everything about Chama is different and unique.
And now, for a limited number of special guests, Chama offers a chance to live life “Timbers Style”. From May through August, the Timbers Hacienda and Guest House can be reserved for your family or traveling companions. There is a 3 day minimum and we encourage guests to stay as long as possible to really unwind and savor the special atmosphere of the Chama River Valley.
For outdoor enthusiasts the choices are virtually unlimited. Fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, brook trout and Kokanee salmon is outstanding. There are dozens of mountain lakes, rivers, alpine streams and deep reservoirs from which to choose. You can combine this adventure with a moderate wilderness hike or a rugged ATV journey.
Other summer outdoor activities include mountain biking, wildlife photography, float trips on the Chama River, fossil hunting and mountain trail walks. Train enthusiasts claim that the narrow gauge Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway trips are second to none.
At the end of the day, you’ll return to the Timbers at Chama where you will find a warm welcome and comfy beds. Have a cook-out under the stars or dine in one of the area’s unique restaurants.
The Timbers is your private paradise. You’ll have a gate code, a full time caretaker and daily housekeeping, too. If this sounds like a great way to beat the summer heat, contact us and check out our rates and availability. We hope to see you this summer in the cool Chama River Valley of Northern New Mexico.