Chama River Trail # 738

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Chama River trail is 4.9 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 121 and ends at Orel Cabin. Trail 740 begins approx. 2 miles up trail 738.

This trail follows the Chama River to the confluence of the West and East Forks, a splendid view of the upper Chama Basin will be enjoyed. There are rolling meadows and waterfalls that cascade from the cliffs just above.

Following the East Fork the trail passes several beaver ponds which are good for trout fishing. The terrain is gentle and scenic.

Access may be difficult during spring run-off because the Chama River must be forded a couple of times.

The trail is open for the following uses: Horseback riding, mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open

General Information


From Chama, NM travel north on highway 17 to the Chama River Road #121, turn left onto road #121, travel about 6 miles north to the Rio Grande NF boundary. Take the left fork and travel about one mile to the trailhead.

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Difficulty Level: Easy