Questa Travel Guide

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Questa Things to Do

  • Hike Down Into the Rio Grande Gorge

    Chiflo ("chief-low") was once rated an "easy" trail at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area, i.e., 0.5 miles and 320 feet down. It is now called "moderate." I don't even want to think about the hard trails.

  • Visit a Traditional New Mexico Cemetery

    It was obvious that people cared and remembered when you saw this cemetery in the village of Cerro on the road to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. If one must rest in peace, this is certainly a fine place to do so.

  • Santuario de Chimayo - Long a Holy Site

    Chimayo is the first town on the "High Road" from Santa Fe to Taos over the Sangre de Christo Mountains. It is 8 miles east of Espanola on NM-76, then a short jog south. It was founded in 1740 and is the "Lourdes of America." Even before the Spanish, the San Juan Pueblo Indians considered the mud from a hot spring in the area to have healing...

  • Walk the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

    The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is 650 feet above the river, making it the second highest bridge in the national highway system. The best views are from the west side rest area but be sure to walk across the bridge and look down. Or better yet, take a ride on a hot air balloon and get these views.

  • Enjoy the Taos Historical District

    Taos (from Don Fernando de Taos) was established between 1780 and 1800. It was originally constructed as a Spanish fortified plaza ringed by low adobe buildings. To say the least, this must have made for an interesting dynamic with the long established Taos Pueblo, which is just 2.5 miles away. Even so, it was certainly different from the Jemez...

  • Take a walk!

    This region is so spectacularly beautiful ... in a high desert/mountain sort-of-way. How can you NOT wander about??? Even simply walking along a dirt road is an adventure for your eyes! For the slightly more adventurous, there are loads of trails all around to wander further from others. There's a national forest (Carson), Brureau of Land...

  • Let mother nature give you a warm bath...

    Many mountain areas in New Mexico have hot springs, and the area around Questa and Taos are not any different. What surprised me was that so few of the regular visitors KNOW about them! Now the locals, they know, enjoy, and might actually share some of their knowledge with you should they choose to ;) I received my insider's knowledge from a book:...

  • Take a Dip in the Black Rock Hot Spring

    There are two rocky pools; each will hold 5-6 people. The upper pool temperature is usually around 97-98 F and I believe the water has lithium salts. Your skin may begin to tingle after a few minutes. Both pools can flood if the river is high. This hot spring is close to Taos and relatively easy to reach, so don't expect to be alone. Clothing seems...

  • Be at Peace at the Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa

    There is a wonderful Tibetan Buddhist stupa just a couple of miles south of the Takoja Retreat Center. It is a quiet, peaceful place for meditation. You may also camp there for $10 per day. Construction of the Kagyu Mila Guru Stupa began in 1992 under the direction of Lama Karma Dorje, resident lama at Kagyu Shenpen Kunchab Center in Santa Fe....

  • Learn How to Grow a Trout

    Red River State Trout Hatchery is also a state park. It is a working hatchery but also has a visitors center and a fishing pond for under 12, over 65 and handicapped (limit is 3 trout). There is also access to the special trout waters on the lower Red River. The visitors center is open 8 AM to 5 PM and you can buy fish food to feed the trout there.

  • Tour Taos Pueblo

    This is probably the most famous and certainly the most photographed of the 19 pueblos. They say that it is the oldest continously inhabited community in the USA (built between 1000-1450 A.D.), but Acoma's Sky City may be a contender. A river runs through it...actually it is Red Willow Creek, which provides their drinking water. About 150 (of over...

  • Overview of things to do

    Taos GalleriesSelf-guided Taos Artwalk, map is hereTaos MuseumsHorseback Riding:Taos Indian Horse Ranch (Taos) 505-758-3212 1-800-659-3210Bitter Creek Guest Ranch (Red River) Bitter Creek Rd 754-2587Cieneguilla Stables (Taos) 505-751-2815El Rito Horse Farm (El Rito) 505-581-464Red River Stables (Red River) 800 East Main St 505-754-1700Rio Grande...


Questa Restaurants

  • Good Food But Poor Service

    This is another restaurant that is not located in Questa but in Taos near the Plaza. I have only eaten there once. It was for dessert and coffee. They were both good but I would have to classify the service as slow and poor. It was maybe 20 minutes before they even took our order. It took three tries to get eating utensils and napkins, the last two...

  • One of the Best Restaurants in NM

    Gabriel's is not in Questa or near it; however, if you drive from Albuquerque to Questa don't miss it! It is located about 5 miles north of the Santa Fe Opera House on Hwy-285. Start with the guacamole (made fresh at your table), feast on the carnitas and finish with the tres leches.

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Questa Nightlife

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    by kymbanm Written Sep 5, 2006

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    There are a few bars in the area, and some folks have television and radios. But not at the retreat center I stayed at :)

    Our nightlife consisted of sitting on the porch and visiting while watching the moon rise ..... watching the stars come out and blanket the sky with stellar diamonds ...... watching the shadows change across the land as the clouds wandered across the moon.

    Some might find this a boring way to spend an evening. I actually felt regenerated.

    Of course, the wonderful company I was in might have had something to do with it.

    Dress Code: Whatever you choose. You COULD even choose to be naked ... though I didn't :)

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Questa Transportation

  • Directions from Los Angeles

    Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 965.13 miles from our meet. If you have time and prefer to roadtrip in, please plan to take time to enjoy the region. You'll be wandering down I-40 and have sections of old Route 66 to explore in Arizona. This also brings you within a short distance of the Grand Canyon! mapquest states it's about a...

  • Shuttles into Taos

    If you click here you'll enter a page from a Taos realty company. Why would I put this here? Well, it offers a summary of transportation options including shuttle service contact information, and info for those adventurous types who might wish to arrive by Cesna or other small planes. I, for instance, learned there is a small airport only 15 miles...

  • Directions from Phoenix

    According to mapquest it is a 10 hour drive from Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport (PHX) to the retreat location in Questa, New Mexico (631.96 miles). I would be remiss if I didn't mention to our overseas visitors that this option takes you a short distance from the Grand Canyon!!! For those coming from long distances, this might be the...


Questa Local Customs

  • Indian Fry Bread!

    How can I get someone who hasn't had this wonderful food to understand just how yummy this local delicacy tastes! Afterall, it's just a lump of dough, flattened and fried then sprinkled with sweet stuff. The sweet stuff can be honey, cinamon, or powdered sugar ... your choice. Sometimes I think part of the joy of eating fry bread comes from the...

  • Smudging Ceremony

    I had never heard of a smudging ceremony before this retreat but Kymba led both opening and closing ones. At the opening smudging ceremony we were asked to state our objectives for the retreat. They did not have to be out loud but no one was shy about sharing. I had two objectives: (1) to help with the logistics, and (2) to catch an 18" trout. I...

  • Descansos

    The custom of marking the site of a death on the highway has deep roots in the Hispanic culture of the Southwest, where these memorials are often referred to as Descansos, "resting places". Traditionally, Descansos were memorials erected at the places where the funeral procession paused to rest on the journey between the church and the cemetery....


Questa Off The Beaten Path

  • Dios Da Y Dios Quita

    Truth is found in a small cemetery at the edge of the small village of Rio Lucio where NM-75 and NM-76 intersect, i.e., "God Gives and God Takes Away."

  • Church of San Jose de Gracia

    The Church of San Jose de Gracia is located in Las Trampas, NM, on NM-76 south of Taos. Las Trampas was founded in 1751 by 12 families from Santa Fe. The adobe church was finished in 1776 and is one of the finest surviving 18th-century churches in New Mexico. For any size donation you may take pictures without a flash. Postcards are available for...

  • Best Winery in New Mexico?

    La Chiripada may be the best winery in New Mexico. Tucked away in the lovely Embudo Valley of northern New Mexico, it is owned and operated by the Johnson family in the town of Dixon, 50 miles north of Santa Fe and 25 miles south of Taos. The winery was established in 1977, following the traditions of the first Spanish settlers, and the name La...


Questa Favorites

  • Beading Workshop by Kymba

    We were all very fortunate to have a beading workshop by Kymba. Some people (well, me) did not even try to understand the freeform-quadruple-bypass-underhand-odd-count-peyote stitch. Kymba said they were Czech beads but actually they were magic beads. If you waited overnight, they would stitch themselves into a gift for each person. Pretty magical,...

  • Knitting Workshop by Beee

    Beee is amazing when it comes to knitting. I should have taken more pictures of her work. She can use bamboo yarn and even knits lace! She was taught the two basic stitches but then learned all the rest herself. She has a patient, easy-going teaching style that is very effective. I know her students enjoyed the workshop. Kymba started a wash rag...

  • Writing Workshop by Misha

    I listened in awe as Misha led her students in this workshop. Who knew when she started them just thinking about a favorite food how their stories would evolve. Emotions ran high as students remembered their past. Misha is passionate about teaching writing and worked them hard. They started inside and ended up outside. There were many rewrites....


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