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Woman climbing a rock wall
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Not to get too technical, but Taos is a basalt, granite, and conglomerate paradise. Rock climbing enthusiasts in Taos will find themselves surrounded by opportunities ranging from canyon walls to mountain peaks, all with epic scenery and plenty of challenging terrain.

The Rio Grande Gorge features several rock climbing locations, all with panoramic desert vistas. The Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) mountain range features sweeping thousand-foot granite cliffs and forested hiking trails along cool mountain rivers and streams. Twenty-seven miles west of Taos, Tres Piedras (Three Rocks) has some of the most pristine beginner climbing terrain in the country. 

The season for rock climbing in Taos is year round. Hit the sunny, sheltered Rio Grande Gorge on winter mornings (most cliffs face east) or on afternoons in the warmer months. In high summer, find cooler temps at Tres Piedras, Questa Dome, El Rito, and Comales Canyon. 

There are plenty of expert outfitters in town to provide gear and advice if you’re new to the area, and climbing guides to get you safely up and down the terrain if you’re new to the sport. Some guides offer full-day adventures with rafting in the morning and climbing in the afternoon, so you can get the best of both worlds. Taos is classic Southwestern rock climbing at its very best.