Private Ranch in
Northern New Mexico
Also offering Deer & Turkey hunting and
Fly Fishing in our lakes or the Chama River
Our 5000 acre privately owned ranch consists of wooded hills and open grassy meadows, with elk, deer and turkey ... and occasionally bear, and is located near Chama, New Mexico at an altitude of about 8000 feet. The moderate terrain and abundance of roads provide for easy access to the prime hunting areas. Although we have resident elk, they are basically a migratory animal, and our ranch is ideally located to take advantage of this annual trek.
We do not provide food service, but nearby there are several restaurants in Chama, just three miles from our entrance gate. There are also motels and RV parks nearby, or we can provide lodging upon request. Our experienced guides will provide transportation from your lodging to the ranch hunting areas, help locate the game, field dress and deliver carcasses to a meat processing (skin & quarter) facility located nearby.
We also provide excellent fishing, and our hunters fish free for large Rainbow trout in the Chama river, or in our annually stocked, aerated lakes. Barbless hooks only, and limit of 2 fish per hunter.
Rancho Escondido de Chama, LLC
Mel & Paula Kurth, Owners
Jeff Daggett, Manager of Hunting Operations
A herd of elk graze just a few steps outside the picture window of our Oso Lodge. Also, we often see from this same location deer, turkey, bear, foxes, racoons, coyotes, and on rare occasions even mountain lions. You can watch bald eagles "fishing" in the Chama River, just a few dozen feet away. Looking through a magnifying lens from within the Lodge, is often a photographer's dream.
(price per hunter for 5 day hunts)
Bull elk rifle hunt: one hunter per guide, $5,995 - two hunters sharing guide, $5,495 ea.
Cow elk rifle hunt: one hunter per guide, $2,795 - two hunters sharing guide, $2,295 ea.
Combo bull elk/deer hunt: one hunter per guide, $6,795 - two hunters/guide, $6,295 ea.
Combo cow elk/deer hunt: one hunter per guide, $3,595 -two hunters/guide, $3,095 ea.
Turkey & Prairie Dog Hunts: (Call or email for prices)
Note: Deer licenses are issued by the New Mexico Dept. of Game & Fish on a unit-wide draw. Applications must be received from the hunter before the end of March each year in order to enter the draw. We cannot guarantee that your name will be drawn.
Prices for hunts include landowner permit, guide and local transportation, but do not include lodging, meals, transportation to Chama, hunting license, meat processing, or 6.875% gross receipts tax.
The following motels and lodges are available in nearby Chama. Please contact them for reservations and pricing:
Cumbres Suites 877-756-9139
Elk Horn Lodge & Restaurant 800-532-8874
Little Creel Resort 575-756-2382
River Bend Lodge 800-288-1371
Spruce Lodge 575-756-2593
Vista del Rio 800-939-9943 (AAA Approved)
We can also provide lodging on the ranch for up to six hunters. Call 505-490-3030 for information and prices.
In order to not overhunt our ranch, each year we decide on how many total hunts we will sell, based on several factors. In 2006, we started publishing our results by listing the number of elk killed, the missed opportunities which are beyond our control (missed shots, wounded and not found, or election to not take a shot waiting for a larger trophy, etc.) and the number of hunters not getting a shot. Since 2007, due to several positive factors, we normally experience phenomenal success rates of well over 90%.
Year Elk Killed Opportunity No Shot Total
2006 19 8 5 32
2007 29 2 2 33
2008 29 1 2 32
2009 29 1 0 30
2010 25 4 3 32
2011 31 3 3 37
2012 32 3 0 35
2013 35 8 1 44
2014 42 3 1 46 (plus 7 mule deer)
2015 41 7 1 49 (plus 3 mule deer)
2016 36 2 1 39 (plus 3 mule deer)
2017 38 4 0 42 (plus 3 mule deer)
2018 36 5 0 41 (plus 2 mule deer)
2019 41 5 0 46 (plus 4 mule deer)
2020 38 3 0 41 (plus 3 mule deer)
2021 33 8 0 41 (plus 1 mule deer)
2022 41 3 0 44 (plus 3 mule deer)
Chama is located in North Central New Mexico, near the Colorado border, about 165 miles north of Albuquerque.
Approximate driving times from the following cities:
Albuquerque 3 hours
Santa Fe 2 hours
Espanola 1.5 hours
Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, rafting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad offers a spectacular 64 mile train ride between Chama, NM and Antonito, Colorado. Day excursions include the Taos Ski Valley, Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Abiquiu, the Ghost Ranch and Paleontology Museum, Los Ojos' Tierra Wools hand weaving workshops, and world renowned stream fishing for trout in the San Juan River.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Rancho Escondido de Chama, LLC
P. O. Box 565, Chama, NM 87520
Call for Jeff at 505-901-3643
or send the following information: