Between Taos and Red River on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, but with a history and character all its own, lies the historic village of Questa. Nestled as it is with the 240,000 acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument just to the west, and the mountain beauty of Carson National Forest to its east, Questa is an ideal place to pitch your tent as you explore all that the outdoors has to offer in northern New Mexico.
In warmer months, use Questa as your home base for camping, mountain biking excursions, rock climbing, and fly fishing in the nearby rivers and lakes. There are unending hiking opportunities, including a rare chance to hike down into the Rio Grande Gorge. The Questa Studio Arts Tour, held each summer, allows a glimpse of Questa’s culture, from traditional crafts to contemporary arts. And don’t miss a visit to the village’s historic church, dating back to the mid-1800s.
When the snow starts to fall, grab your snowshoes or cross-country skis and head for the hills around Questa. With hundreds of thousands of acres of public land and forested mountain trails, you’ll never run out of choices. The area’s lakes are also ideal for ice fishing in the colder months.
Lodging and Dining
In keeping with its down-to-earth vibe, there are no resorts or upscale accommodations in Questa. Rather, no-frills motels provide clean, reasonably priced options, as do the bountiful RV and camping sites in the area. Likewise, you won’t find any fine dining in Questa, but your chances for a delicious green chile cheeseburger are high.