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Things to Do Near Chama, NM

Fishing – Northern New Mexico's rivers and streams offer anglers of all age’s great year-round trout fishing, on many types of water. The Chama River is probably one of the West's most undiscovered and diverse trout rivers. The Brazos River is great fishing for wild browns and stocked rainbows and offers incredible views of the Brazos Cliffs. It is often possible to fish both rivers in a day. The upper part of the Brazos River offers some of the best high alpine meadow fishing in the West. Heron and El Vado Lakes are located close to the Elkhorn Lodge. Learn more at

Horseback Riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing, and Snowmobiling  The Elkhorn Lodge is conveniently located near Carson National Forest and the Edward Sargent Wildlife Area on the north side of Chama, offering hundreds of acres of beautiful land for your outdoor activities.

Hunting  The Elkhorn Lodge offers accommodations year-round for hunting parties. The Elkhorn is conveniently located near Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico is a great destination for your hunting group. There are two corrals on site that can be rented for your horses, mules or llamas for hunting trips. Are you camping out in the mountains while hunting and just need a shower from time to time? We have the place for you.

Photography  If photographing wildlife in some of the most scenic areas of Northern New Mexico is what you love to do, you will appreciate the area surrounding Chama, NM.

Motorcycle riding – Northern New Mexico has some of the most beautiful scenic roads in the Southwest, and you will surely enjoy them on your motorcycle.

Bird Watching – A wide variety of birds have been sighted on the Elkhorn Lodge property including Lewis’ Woodpeckers and Great Horned Owls.

Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad  Climb aboard our National Historic Landmark for a 64-mile day trip you’ll never forget. Our coal-fired steam engine carries you through steep mountain canyons, high deserts, and lush meadows as you zigzag between the Colorado and New Mexico border. Learn more at

Weather Report  Make sure you know what weather to expect when you visit the Elkhorn Lodge. See the latest weather updates at

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