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High in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico lies a hidden gem. From its sparkling headwaters to its confluence with the mighty Rio Grande, the Rio Chama carves a valley of scenic beauty second to none…   

Nestled in the southern Rockies at 7,860 feet elevation, Chama is what one might consider a “best kept secret.” ​Towering mountain peaks, scenic vistas and deep, colorful gorges grace every direction, Chama is a diverse valley region famous for its art treasures and natural beauty stretching south from the Colorado border to the Tierra Amarilla Valley and down to Abiquiu. Many cultures call this water-blessed land home and the region offers visitors a chance to sample genuine local New Mexican cuisines, unique cultural events and colorful artisan wares.

​​Crowds are smaller here, and the attractions are grand! For the history buff, art lover, nature enthusiast and cultural explorer, the Rio Chama Valley offers boundless opportunities.

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Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

The Chamber would like to recognize the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad as its featured business of the month. Voted #1 Scenic Train by “”USA Today 10 Best”” readers in 2016, 2019, & 2020. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad travels 64-miles between Chama, NM, and Antonito, CO. It crosses the borders of Colorado and New Mexico 11 times as it chugs its way up and over the 10,015′ high Cumbres Pass. Our scenic railroad is jointly owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico. In recognition of its place in our national history, it was awarded National Historic Landmark Designation in 2012. We’ve been operating under this prestigious designation ever since. The volunteer docents who ride with you share their complete education of this region’s and railroad’s history, legends, and lore.

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad was originally constructed in 1880 as part of the Rio Grande’s narrow gauge San Juan Extension. It served the silver mining district of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The inability to interchange cars with other railroads led the Rio Grande to begin converting its tracks to standard gauge in 1890. Most of the abandoned track was dismantled soon after the ICC’s decision. Still, the most scenic portion of the line was saved through the combined efforts of an energetic and resourceful group of railway preservationists and local civic interests. In 1970, the states of Colorado and New Mexico jointly purchased the track and line-side structures from Antonito to Chama.

The C&TSRR began hauling tourists the next year and now carries on average 42,000 each year and generates an economic impact of over $17 million to Rio Arriba County and surrounding counties. 

The Cumbres & Toltec has become a beacon in the Chama Valley, driving tourists and locals to Chama, NM, and are additionally great supporters of the local community. Their philanthropy and willingness to support community events and organizations are extraordinary. We are so thankful that they are part of the Chama Valley and the Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce! For more information on the C&TSRR or to book your tickets to ride the best scenic railroad in the United States, visit www.cumbrestoltec.com, call 575-756-2694, or email info@cumbrestoltec.com. You can also find information on the C&TSRR Facebook page: Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, Instagram page: cumbrestoltecscenicrr, and Twitter page: ctsrr.

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