This place is gorgeous! There are tons of spots for dispersed camping. We got a spot along the river which was beautiful but a little windy and noisy from the stream. But we didn’t mind! We came on a Sunday afternoon and passed quite a few people leaving. So other than a few campers, we pretty much had the place to ourselves for 2 nights. It was very peaceful! The road to get there is about 10 miles but it takes about 40 minutes to drive. It’s a little rough and narrow in spots. But totally worth the drive! We will definitely be back!
Beautiful place to camp. Free campground with plenty of sites. Found a nice trail. Toilets and campground very clean
We were able to find a very private spot with easy access to the river!(went on a random Saturday) We will be visiting again. Great for our dog too. Some spots are unshaded, so recommend you bring a tent cover or something.
We actually stayed down the road about a mile and half from Rio Chama Campground, however we were still in the park and off of Forest Road 151. We camped off-the-grid on a spot right by Rio Chama. We were lucky to have found a spot mid-day and that had a sort of “beach front” type inlet to the river. Definitely a place to launch kayaks or rafts. If you prefer to have bathrooms, head towards the actually marked campground, but if you want to “rough it” then find a dispersed camping lot.
Always remember: PACK OUT WHAT YOU PACK IN!! Please don’t leave your trash at any site and keep the wilderness- WILD.
it was memorial weekend, but it looked very crowded at this specific campsite. you’re much better off doing dispersed camping down the road, which is easy to find and closer to the main road.
Great place! Many options for camping. We chose a secluded site and the only people we saw were kayakers. There are hiking spots, the echo amphitheater, and a monastery to visit. We even made objects from the clay in the river. Then fired them in the camp fire.
Rio Chama RV park in Chama, New Mexico, is at the intersection of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and the upper Rio Chama. A nice place to stay May 1 thru mid October. The train passing by twice a day is an exciting event and it's a short walk to the train yard.
Pull through sites have great shade and full hookups with 30 or 50 amp electrical service. Spacious tent sites with full service restrooms nearby. Pet friendly with dog park and free wifi. A great place for fishing, train watching and relaxing.