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Taos: a basalt, granite, and conglomerate paradise in northern New Mexico

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

This is classic Southwestern climbing, a multi-cliff zone that’s also an area of cultural interest.

Season: 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.

CLIMBING GUIDES
MOUNTAIN SKILLS ROCK GUIDES
Lots of fun with family and friends! Let our certified, experienced Mountain Skills staff take you on an unforgettable, exciting mountain peak adventure that will enrich your life.
ROCK CLIMBING WITH NEW MEXICO RIVER ADVENTURES
The Dead Cholla Wall is an established rock climbing area featuring over two-dozen climbing routes just below the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. No experience is necessary and is available to all ages, abilities and levels of fitness.
GEAR SHOPS
MUDD N FLOOD
Climbing ropes and cordage, shoes, harnesses, protection (cams, carabiners, belay devices, quickdraws, etc.), chalkbags, chalk, climbing guides and maps. We carry Black Diamond, Petzl, Metolius, Evolv, Mammut, and Liberty Mountain.
TAOS MOUNTAIN OUTFITTERS
For over 40 years, TMO has been the place where adventures begin. We have the gear, clothing and footwear to prepare you for just about anything Taos has to offer – hiking, camping, climbing, rafting, trail running, yoga and more.
MULTI-SPORT ADVENTURES
ROCK 'N' RAFT - LOS RIOS RIVER RUNNERS
Maximum fun in one action-packed day! Spend the morning rappelling in the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge and experience the vertical world of rock climbing with Mountain Skills Adventures, New Mexico's premier rock-climbing guide service.
ROCK CLIMB & RAFT - COTTAM'S RIO GRANDE RAFTING
This trip combines the adventures of Rock Climbing with Whitewater Rafting! Begin your day with a spectacular rappelling trip. Scale the walls of the Rio Grande with a permitted and guided rock climbing outfitter,
ROCK N RAFT - MOUNTAIN SKILLS ROCK GUIDES
Rock n’ Raft Adventures in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico
CLIMB AND CLAMBER; RAFT AND SPLASH - FAR FLUNG ADVENTURES
This popular climbing and rafting combination trip is a full day experience. Our guides will teach you how to paddle as a team as most of the rafts we take are paddleboats then teach you all you need to know about rappelling and climbing.
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