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Visiting Chama, New Mexico

June 4th, 2010

Taylor Streit Fly Fishing

February 27th, 2010
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Taylor Streit has been guiding fly fishers in Northern New Mexico for 30 years and is a “Legendary Guide” in the Freshwater Fishing Hall Fame. He has written three acclaimed fly fishing books. His son Nick runs Taos Fly Shop and was on the U.S. Junior Fly fishing team that placed second in the world competition of 1998.

The Taos, New Mexico area has many fine streams, including the famous Rio Grande, Red River, and Conejos. For the non-fisher, Taos, Chama, Santa Fe and Angel Fire offer galleries, shops, skiing, and rafting.

Elkhorn Lodge and Cafe in Chama

December 11th, 2009
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The Elkhorn Lodge has been host to thousands of visitors from across the world for 50 years. The country lodge is nestled on the banks of the Rio Chama where blue-ribbon trout fishing awaits. The beautiful lush grass-covered Chama Valley is located at the foot of the majestic Cumbres Mountains. The Chama area boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountains.

The Elkhorn Lodge is ideally located on the main highway leading into Chama. Our cozy log facility includes 22 spacious motel rooms all equipped with Cable TV, in-room telephones, and full baths. We also offer 11 country cabins with fully-equipped kitchens. Our cabins accommodate from two to ten people, and are excellent for small groups and families.

The Elkhorn Lodge and Cafe are independently owned and operated by the Locke & Lane families.

Richard’s North Central New Mexico Recommendations

October 20th, 2009

New Mexico continues to amaze me with all the places I haven’t seen in the fifteen years I’ve lived here.  I’m certain the same is true for most of your reading this blog.  Here are my notes on North Central New Mexico!

This week is another of those “WOW – I didn’t know this was here” trips.  Our first stop was the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa and Resort.  Tucked away in Ojo Caliente right off Route 84 (?) this is one incredible place to spend a couple of days.  Soaking in mineral baths under the stars is a pretty awesome way to spend an evening.  The mud baths are rejuvenating and the food is excellent!  You should give it a try!


Just up the road in Abiquiu is Ghost Ranch, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico paintings.  Did you know that Ms. O’Keeffe didn’t own Ghost Ranch but lived on a few acres there?  I didn’t and also was unaware of the many things to do at Ghost Ranch … from painting and exploring to looking for dinosaur bones and taking classes on a wide variety of subjects.  Or, just spending family time there horseback riding.  Incredible things to do for folks of all ages.  I’m planning on taking my family there for a few days to relax, unwind and learn!

Chama is one of those real hidden treasures.  It’s more like the Northwest than what most of us believe New Mexico to be.  Moderate days, cool nights.  On our summer trip there was no air conditioning and the fresh air blowing through the open windows with a blanket pulled up around me put a huge smile on my face!  Big trees … lots of green all around and a truly wonderful place to spend time relaxing, fishing and just enjoying the scenery.

Speaking of scenery … when in Chama you must ride the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.  You’ll learn a lot about the history of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado as you wind you way through the mountains crossing back several times between the two states.  This is a great all day family adventure on an old coal fired and steam driven locomotive.  I promise this is a trip you’ll want to take more than once.

FishingI loved my time on the Jicarilla Apache Nation in Dulce, just a few miles from Chama.  The people are wonderful … the fishing and boating pristine (I hear the hunting is exceptional) and the native baskets and beadwork art is second to none.  I bought a great purse there for Janine that is beadwork on an animal skin (deer, I think!).  She loved it and I enjoyed talking with the artist who created it.  Watching these ladies piece together the beaded pieces and making baskets is really something unique to see.  I still can’t figure out how they do what they do and I walked away with an increasing appreciation for the history and culture of these great people.  And the land they live on is something spectacular to see, too!

It’s not a long drive from Ojo Caliente to Chama and Dulce.  If you want to do this trip right then make sure you plan three or four days.  If you want to do some great fly fishing and/or hunting I’d make it a week!

Dulce – Headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Nation

August 1st, 2009

The Jicarilla Apache Reservation, tucked in the north-central region of New Mexico, spans an impressive 879,854 acres.  It borders Colorado, expanding 63 miles to the south and includes some of the most spectacular scenery in New Mexico.   Their name Jicarilla (pronounced hick-uh-ree-ya) means ‘little basket weaver”, and appropriately so as they are known for their intricate and magnificent basket weaving, using traditional methods passed down through the generations. Dedicated to preserving their rich heritage, the Jicarilla Culture Center is open to the public and shares the story of their Native American heritage.

Outdoor adventure is dominant on the reservation. They offer up world-class hunting and fishing at their luxury resort, the Lodge at Chama, as well as their highly respected Horse Lake Mesa Game Park.  Four lakes and numerous ponds provide access to excellent fishing.  The Jicarillas are also actively immersed in the gaming industry running two casinos. The Jicarilla Apaches have a rich, colorful and artful story to tell, and they wish to share it with the world. Lodging and dining experiences combine to weave a memorable and multi-faceted Native American experience when you travel to the Jicarilla Apache Reservation.

Discover Chama

August 1st, 2009

Tucked in the high mountains of north central New Mexico, Chama is a destination for outdoor adventurers, scenery lovers and purveyors of antique trains. The rivers, lakes and mountains of Chama provide a year round playground for outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. Each season offers a palette of colors, sights, sounds and smells.

Set at the base of the magnificent Sangre de Cristo chain of the Rocky Mountains, the Chama valley is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of every caliber. From hunting and fishing to bird-watching; from hiking the Continental Divide to biking the scenic trails and byways; from snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, there is no more beautiful and pristine setting to enjoy Mother Nature at her best than in Chama, New Mexico.

The Village of Chama, New Mexico harkens back to the 1880s, the founding of this railroad town. The buildings and setting have not changed much from that era. Terrace Avenue, the heart of Chama, is filled with quaint shops, restaurants, old-time gaslights and an historic Train Depot.

Shopping, dining, and lodging are the perfect compliment for every type of visitor to Chama. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, a timeless purveyor of history, invites and inspires visitors of all ages to experience the beauty of the area aboard this grand old steam train. They all add to the ambience of yesteryear as Chama, New Mexico offers a unique destination for everyone.

Visit the Chama website here.

Chama and The Jicarilla Apache Nation

July 31st, 2009
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The human history of the Rio Chama Valley is rich with tales of struggle, innovation and survival. This brief history of the Rio Chama Valley gives just a taste of what awaits the ardent history buff. We invite you to explore our colorful cultural heritage through the many books and articles you will find at the Chama Public Library and local bookshops.

Northern New Mexico and the Rio Chama Valley in particular have been called some of the richest regions for archeology studies in the U. S. Indigenous peoples of the Southwest have inhabited the Rio Chama Valley for at least 1,000 years. The Puye Cliff Dwellings, established near the end of the Anasazi period stand in silent testimony to the resilient, hard working character of the ancient ones.

Click here to visit the Chama Valley website.

Click here to visit the Jicarilla Apache Reservation website.

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