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Chama, New Mexico

Rio Chama RV Park

Chama, New Mexico



Chama, New Mexico
Phone: (575) 756-2303

Sites: 92
Recent Rate: $15 8/2016

Latitude: 36.908939587346
Longitude: -106.57756447792

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

42 Reviews

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

My wife and I stay here every summer for a month while doing volunteer work with the RR restoration group, so part of the attraction for us is being with our friends from around the country. We love it here and wouldn't stay anywhere else in town. Objectively, the spaces could be considered a bit tight, and there were occasional undervoltage problems in some spaces that the owners were trying to fix with the local electric company. Otherwise there's everything to like about it. Can't comment on the wifi as we use our own Verizon hotspot. The showers are dated, but adequate with plenty of hot water on chilly mornings. Staff is super in all respects and have helped us in too many ways to list. We'll keep coming back year after year. Our rate reflects the monthly rate for railroad restoration volunteers. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
S loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

When in camp strike up a conversation with some of the RR volunteers with the group called "The Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR" to get tons of facts and tips about the RR. Walk around the yard and examine the old equipment, much of which dates to the 1880s. For night life try Fosters Saloon or The Brew House. Plenty of restaurants during the train season. Chama is a good base location for day trips around the area.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

A super-nice park...perhaps our favorite rv park ever :-) Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The park is alongside the Chama River and adjacent to the train depot (as others have noted). Can see the train come and go easily and is quite a sight! Everything was clean and the sites are under a huge canopy of cottonwood trees; cool and shady. We absolutely plan to return! We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
R11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We came for three days and signed up for 5 more. Beautiful huge cottonwoods LOTS of shade and right on a creek with trout. Not much TV and nightlife but a great place to just unwind. We will come back to this park for sure. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
R11
Site Surface
Gravel, Pavers
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take naps, Read, ride the train

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

A lovely park. We spent three days and I would have stayed longer except we didn't have time. I will return and stay a full week next time.

Wifi was great and our site backed up to the river and the train bridge. The site itself was shaded, large, and the other campers were so friendly. Walking around the campground was neat as they had old train cars all along the edge. The bathrooms and showers were a little hokey, but clean and I had no issues with them. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Watch the train leave and arrive each day at the river. Its a campground tradition it seems. Also, make sure you ride the train. It was a blast for my whole family. We rode roundtrip to Antonito with the train portion from Antonito to Chama. It starts from the flatlands of Colorado and the scenery just gets better. The lunch halfway was yummy too.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We have already booked reservations for this park for next year. The perfect site for narrow gauge train enthusiasts. This park is nestled under huge cottonwood trees along the Rio Chama river. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad runs directly behind the RV park. There is a gate near the train trestle where you can watch working 1880's trains haul passengers to and from Antonito Colorado twice a day. The sites were partially graveled and fairly level. Power was solid, water pressure was adequate. I would recommend a water filter as there are lots of minerals in the natural water source. Wifi was iffy most of the time. Very early and very late were the best times to access wifi. Spaces were pretty tight but adequate and the park was full all the time. The cottonwood trees were shedding their seeds and it looked like it had snowed about 3 inches. This was the only negative part about the park. The seeds made it difficult to run any AC, which you don't normally need to do in Chama, but we had a real heat wave while we were there. The cottonwood seed got in to everything. We had to sweep and rinse off the slides before departing. However, the trees made for great shade which helped reduce the need for the AC. They said four TV channels were available but all we could get was English and Spanish PBS. AT&T phone service was good in and around Chama. However, data availability was reduced to H+/3G most of the time. All-in-all, we loved this place and will be back again and again. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You have to ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Road. Fantastic experience. There is a grocery store and Ace hardware in Chama which was very convenient. There are also several restaurants in the area. High Country Saloon was best, followed by the Box Car Café, and then the Elk Horn Restaurant.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park with friendly owner and staff. Couple of tv stations over the air. Wifi worked most of the time. It was nearly empty on our visit. If during the summer busy season your neighbor would be close. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a lovely site right on the river and since we were early in the season, pretty much to ourselves. Guess it does get pretty busy in the summer. Park staff extremely helpful and friendly. Park well maintained. Not all sites would be good for satellite cube, but ours was fine. Good AT&T and Wi-Fi. Would definitely return. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an exceptionally nice park. It's obvious the owners take a lot of pride in it. The staff are super friendly and helpful. The park is nicely wooded, shady, and grassy. It's on a river and backs right up to the Cumbres & Toltec narrow-gauge steam locomotive bridge across the river. Almost every site has some view of the train. Twice a day folks from the park gather and wave as the train goes by. We found the sites to be spacious. The Wi-Fi service is one of the better we've encountered. There are outdoor hotspots throughout the park. Given that there are 100 sites here, it functions quite well. (You'd never guess there are that many sites - the layout is attractively broken up) Verizon 4G is nearly full-strength. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
N 10
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved this park! Beautiful scenery with lots of trees. Right on the river. Near Cumberland an Toltec historic railroad. Great staff. Located in friendly small town. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Quaint downtown a must see. The train is lots of fun too!

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We have camped here 3 times and enjoyed them all. Watching and photographing the train leaving arriving is fun. The staff is friendly and helpful. I left my Watts water regulator and they mailed it to me although they were very busy as they were winterizing and preparing for winter closing. We will most certainly stay here again when in the area. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We paid $32 a night for 4 nights so we could ride the train plus see surrounding areas. We found the sites to be close together. There are many trees to drive around and could cause a problem getting satellite. They are so close we had to close our windows at night so the neighboring campers campfire smoke didn't come in. Our site was at the back along the river which was nice so we could hear it running at night. The woman at the office told us to park our car in the site next to us. We did. The next day a VERY irate male employee came up to us YELLING RUDELY to move our car! After we moved it he did apologize and said he was yelling "over the noise of the train". That wasn't true because the train hadn't gotten there yet. The sites are too close but are level. The river is nice. The quiet hours are 10 PM to 8 AM.I have no input on showers or bathrooms. There is no laundry. It is cool to watch the train go by on the bridge just over the fence from where we parked. It only goes by twice a day at 10 AM and 4 PM. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed in Chama several times, but never at this RV park, so we decided to try it out. This is a wonderful little park on the outskirts of the town. Everything is close, walking distance, but you wouldn't know it due to the tranquility of the park. Sitting between a beautiful forested area, the fall leave changes give it a true fall feel. It has about 10 sites right on the river, all full hookups. Descent fishing for the kids. Restrooms are a bit outdated, but clean and heated. Showers worked great. Very friendly staff. Don't really get why would anyone give this park less than a nine. Definitely coming back. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 111
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed this park, ideal for taking the train excursion. Fun when people gathered at 4 pm to wave when the train went over the bridge right past the campground just before the station. Very woodsy and pleasant in autumn. Good wifi and we got a few antenna TV channels. Negatives were minor -the dated trailers near the entrance with high wire fencing and security codes used for restrooms, and the absence of a picnic table - they already had been removed and stacked up even though the season was not over for two weeks still. Seemed a bit premature to start shutting down while guests were using the park. But we liked it overall and would recommend. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We came here solely to ride the Cumbres & Toltec train since the depot is only a 10-15 minute walk from the campground, otherwise we would have never selected a campground that looked like it was randomly carved out of a cottonwood forest. We are a "big rig" and maneuvering was very, very tight in here. Many sites are very long but very close together, so close we couldn't extend our awning all the way without touching the 5th wheel next to us. For the few days we were here, I felt like a mushroom - the trees are so tall and thick it was quite the event when the sun would break through the tree canopy (sun would have felt good - it was in the 50s here every morning.) The interior gravel roads are reasonably good but there are low spots that need attention; if it rains the roads will get a little muddy and make it a bit of a mess if you have dogs to walk. The RV population here are primarily seasonal travel trailers and 5th wheels that take up about 95% of all of the available spaces. I had great high speed AT&T cell service here and in town. Don't plan on satellite TV unless you bring a portable dish. The park's WiFi signal was strong but the Internet side of the connectivity was very slow (~256kb if you were lucky.)--->> By the way, if you ride the train, go for the Parlor Car - you want to select seats on the *right* hand side on the ride to Anonito, or the *left* side if going to Chama. We just went to Osier and back by train - we didn't want a bus ride. We've ridden quite a few tourist trains and we actually we like the Durango to Silverton train better than this train - the scenery is just as good in its own right and Silverton is a great little town to shop and eat lunch - very quaint!<<-- We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Very calm and relaxing park, and twice a day, it gets exciting when the train steams right along the edge of the park. Not fancy, but well maintained. Helpful staff, and the seasonal residents made us short term visitors feel welcome. We have stayed here before, and will return again. In our opinion, this is the nicest park in the Chama area. Fast and reliable Wi-Fi, as well as AT&T cellular service. We camped at Rio Chama RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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