Chama, New Mexico
Chama is in a beautiful setting at the southern foot of the South San Juan Mountains and the western foot of the Tusas Mountains in northern New Mexico.
The town was founded in 1881 as a logging and mining center built around a Denver & Rio Grande Railroad stationhouse but these days the folks see a lot of recreational business. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad has its western terminus here and brings a lot of people into town. And while Chama doesn't look very big, it's the local shopping center for northern Rio Arriba County.
Chama is a great jumping off point for trips into the San Juans and the Tusas Mountains. The road north out of town crosses Cumbres Pass and Mogote Pass before reaching Antonito, Colorado, the eastern terminus of the railroad. It's a simply gorgeous drive through the San Juan National Forest and down the valley of the Conejos.
The Cumbres & Toltec Railroad Ticket Office
The Gandy Dancer B'n'B in Chama
High School or Higher: 74.6%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 11.6%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 4.6%
Cost of Living Index for Chama: 86.3
Unemployed (August 2014): 7.3%
Median Household Income: $41,390
Median Home Value: $119,850
Median Resident Age: 38.1 Years
Lodging & Food Services, Construction, Government, Educational Services, Health Care, Agriculture, Finance & Insurance Services, Arts & Entertainment, Retail Services, Professional Services
|Population by Age|
|18 & over||825|
|65 & over||195|
|Population by Ethnicity|
|Hispanic or Latino||676|
|Non Hispanic or Latino||346|
|Population by Race|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0|
|Two or more||47|