Nestled between the Carson National Forest and Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Questa is all about the outdoors.
The northern gateway to the Enchanted Circle, Questa stands in contrast to the resort towns on the east side of the mountains. A half-hour north of Taos, this is one in a long string of small, historic villages that scattered up the Rio Grande from what is now Mexico into southern Colorado. Questa was officially founded in 1842. A rough and remote location, it was vulnerable to Ute raids for generations.
Questa’s thick-walled adobe church has stood at the center of this traditional community since the mid-1800’s and gave the village its original name of San Antonio del Rio Colorado. ‘Questa’ was an Anglo attempt at simplification but became an official misspelling of the Spanish ‘cuesta’, referring to the ‘ridge’ where the old church plaza was built.
Questa today is renowned for its beautiful scenery surrounding the village. It has rare trails down into the Rio Grande Gorge, trout fishing, and mountain lakes with trails that can access the highest reaches of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that overlook the area. There are llama-guide and fishing outfitters nearby, and many choices for your own mountain biking and horseback excursions. This is a favorite getaway for residents of Taos, and even Santa Fe, who wish to escape the crowds.
Questa itself is still home to farmers and builders, expert hunters and skilled craftspeople. The outlying neighborhoods have attracted artists and writers who enjoy the affordable land and independent lifestyle.
Contact for Questa Visitor Center
Summer/Visitor Center. ph:575-613-2852
Questa is also the gateway for the new Wild Rivers site, now Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Questa is adjacent to the heart of the Monument, so this looms large for us. The turn-off to the Monument is just 2.6m north of our Village.
2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and Questa is uniquely-located to celebrate this landmark conservation bill that lies at the heart of how we think of our great outdoors. Area artists and various land-management groups are collaborating on projects that will run through this summer and into 2015. These range from a wilderness-themed evenings of audio-visual ‘shorts’, to an art show in August at Ocho art and event space, to events at the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and, an on-line ‘residency’ for thinkers from the unknown local to the well-known national, all sharing what the wilderness means to them.