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Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.
The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.
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Chama lies just south of the Colorado border, about two hours' drive north of Santa Fe and a similar distance to the southeast of Durango. While outsiders have heard of it, many Americans have seen it in films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Bite the Bullet. The town was once a stop on the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, which had a spur line running between Durango and Alamosa, Colorado. Today that heritage lives on through the Combres and Toltec Scenic Railway, one of Chama’s most popular attractions.
However, most of the visitors coming to Chama are there to enjoy nature and avoid the big crowds found at more well-known tourist destinations. If you’re someone that likes to get off the beaten path, getting a campsite at Rio Chama RV Park will be the ideal vacation. Additionally, all of the sites at Rio Champa come with full hookups. They are spacious enough to accommodate even the largest of RV rentals.
Heron Lake and El Vado Lake are also close by, and both have excellent trout stocks that are sure to please anglers camping in an RV. This is also one of the more pet-friendly campgrounds near Chama, as it has a designated off-leash area for your furry pals to play, and vet services are within walking distance of the park.
The mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado are a veritable playground for outdoor recreation. The high peaks provide endless hiking opportunities while the alpine lakes formed between them are excellent for anglers, paddlers, and swimmers. One of your first stops for outdoor adventure should be Huron Lake, just a few miles to the south of Rio Chama RV Park. The 6,000-acre lake is open to sailing, kayaking, and boating (as long as there’s no wake), and is particularly popular for catching trout. There are also a few guest ranches in the Huron Lake area that offer horseback rides.
Choosing a rental motorhome near Rio Chama RV Park also provides an opportunity to visit one of America’s most unique and infrequently visited national parks - Great Sand Dunes. About a 90-minute drive from the RV campground, the sand dunes at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains tower up to 750 feet tall. If you’ve got the stamina for it, you can climb to the top of these dunes, but beware of hiking in the midday summer sun when the sand is blisteringly hot. For a unique experience in the park, rent a sandboard (a wax-coated wooden sled) from one of the sporting goods stores in Alamosa or the shop at the park’s entrance, and then slide down those steep dunes.
Meanwhile, animal lovers should head to Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park outside Pagosa Springs. The facility has tons of amazing animals native to the Rocky Mountain Front, such as elk, grizzly bears, and mountain lions. You can even watch the staff feed the animals and learn about the behavior and habitat while you’re there.
Chama is undoubtedly the hub of tourist activity in this small corner of the state, so you’ll have no trouble finding the essentials necessary for a motorhome camping trip. If you need to fuel up your rig, there are a couple of gas stations near the intersection of Highway 64 and 17 on the south side of town. Restaurants in Chama range from basic fast-food chains to pizza and authentic Mexican. Its location near the reservation influences the cuisines and imparts a distinctly Native American flavor on some of the menu items.
Options for shopping are fairly meager, though, with just a few clothing stores and souvenir shops gracing the downtown area. However, if you’re interested in picking up some authentic Native American handicrafts from your New Mexico trip, Chama sits just on the northeast corner of the Jicarilla-Apache Nation Reservation. You can easily find beautiful blankets, artwork, and souvenirs at roadside stands and shops nearby.
For more urban amenities, check out Pagosa Springs in Colorado, only a short drive north of Chama. Attracting considerably more tourists with its hot springs, Pagosa also has a thriving arts community, and there are dozens of downtown galleries to browse through there. It’s also where you’ll find the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts - a highly professional theater troupe that’s sure to impress even the most cosmopolitan of visitors.
Families, railroad buffs, and just about anyone who enjoys beautiful scenery will love riding the Combres and Toltec Scenic Railway when RV camping in the area. Unlike most scenic railways, this one provides a full day ride, running for 64 miles along the Colorado-New Mexico border and crossing through some spectacular gorges. If you want to experience it as the barons and captains of industry did back in the day, spring for the luxury car, which is decked out in Victorian decor.