Rancho del Oso Pardo may be the most beautiful ranch land in the northern New Mexico mountains. With 7 miles and both sides of the Rio Chama and 11 alpine lakes, fishing for legendary wild rainbow and brown trout, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife experiences are the finest available in the Rocky Mountains. Internally managed and maintained, Rancho del Oso Pardo is home to an annual elk migration, and provides sweeping meadows, timbered trails, and high-altitude vistas, all of which offer one solitude, enchantment, and enrichment unparalleled and unsurpassed anywhere.
The Chama River is probably one of the West’s most undiscovered and diverse trout rivers. Starting in the mountains on the Colorado border, it flows as a freestone stream for many miles through high mountain forests and meadows.
All of the parts of the Chama River have good populations of large wild brown trout and rainbows (the state record brown trout was caught in the river below El Vado Reservoir). The other nice thing about the Chama is that, by its being so diverse, there is almost always a section of it that is fishing well. Because most of the river is quite remote, you usually see lots of wildlife, the scenery is unrivaled and the fishing can be outstanding.
The Chama River is truly a “wild river”, offering an unforgettable trout fly fishing experience.