Rainbow & Brown Trout inhabit this spectacular stretch of the Chama River. It is not uncommon to hook into an 18-20 inch trout. Nearby El Vado Lake and Heron Lakes are also a great place to catch both trout and kokanee salmon. Heron Lake is designated "no-wake." Fishing licenses are available at Cooper's El Vado Ranch, next to the RV Park
The official launch point for the BLM-designated "Rio Chama Wild And Scenic River" is near the RV Park. The river flows for 32 miles through the Chama River Canyon Wilderness. Numerous camp sites, takeouts, and class II & III rapids are all part of the experience of rafting the lower Chama River Canyon.
Nearby Heron and El Vado Lakes are popular lakes for watersports. Boating and waterskiing are favorite pastimes on Elk Vado Lake. Heron Lake is the premier sailing destination, as it is restricted to no-wake boating.
The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is a national historic landmark that runs between Antonito, Colorado and Chama New Mexico, providing visitors the oportunity to take memorable ride on a national historic landmark coal-fired steam engine through some incredibly isolated, scenic areas of New Mexico and Colorado.
If you're looking for a day of sightseeing, shop and/or dine in nearby Chama, New Mexico or make the easy drive to Pagosa Springs, Colorado to spend the day.
The Brazos Cliffs is part of the Brazos Mountains, a scenic mountain range in Northern New Mexico. The cliffs lie to the northeast of Tierra Amarilla and the entire area is filled with spectacular mountain views. As the winter snow melts, the Brazos Falls provides an impressive sight that is well worth a visit.