Scenic Chama Valley Offers Respite From Summer Heat

Visitors and residents alike can enjoy weekend getaways in Chama Valley

By: By Claire Makepeace

Hiking in the Chama Valley is a popular activity. // © 2010 Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce

Hiking in the Chama Valley is a popular activity. // © 2010 Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce

Contrary to popular perceptions of New Mexico’s hot desert climates, the state is also home to cool wooded valleys that teem with wildlife. The Chama Valley offers cool temperatures, beautiful scenery and a place of relief from the dry summer heat of the plains of New Mexico and Texas.

“Chama is a tranquil, high-mountain escape. It’s those [cool] temperatures that make summer so enjoyable in Chama,” said Michael Cerletti, secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. “Visitors can kick back at dusk and watch for elk and deer grazing on the greenbelts or fly-fish the high-mountain streams.”

Fishing and elk-watching are not the only activities Chama has to offer, either.

“Few Southwest destinations offer the unspoiled scenery of the Chama Valley. With an average altitude of 7,800 feet and an 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,” Cerletti said.

Although the train depot at Chama was recently closed due to a fire, repairs are currently under way and are set to be finished as quickly as possible. Chama will not be closed during this repair period, and all of its outdoor activities and resources are still available for visitors to enjoy.

Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce
www.chamavalley.com
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