Chama, New Mexico Facts:
- County: Rio Arriba
- Coverage Area (Total): 2.6 sq. miles
- Elevation: 7,871 ft.
- Population: 1,027
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Abiquiu, Alcalde, Arroyo Seco, Brazos, Canjilon, Canones, Chama, Chamisal, Chamita, Chili, Chimayo, Cordova, Coyote, Dixon, El Guique, El Llano, El Rito, Embudo, Española, Gallina, Hernandez, La Madera, La Mesilla, La Puebla, La Villita, Los Luceros, Los Ojos, Lyden, Medanales, Ohkay Owingeh, Ojo Caliente, Ojo Sarco, Peñasco, Ranchitos, Rio Lucio, San Juan Pueblo, San Pedro, Santa Clara Pueblo, Santa Cruz, Sombrillo, Tierra Amarilla, Tres Piedras, Truchas, Vadito, Vallecitos, Velarde
Chama originally developed as a timber town in the mid-1800s. The community became an instant boomtown in 1881 with the establishment of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad's San Juan extension, a route that ran from Alamosa, CO to Silverton, CO by way of Cumbres Pass, Chama, and Durango (CO). Today, Chama is the western terminus of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, a tourist train representing the remaining 64-mile portion of the old San Juan route. It carries visitors to and from Osier, CO and Antonito, CO during the summer months.
Chama maintains a variety of attractions including: