¡BIENVENIDOS A QUESTA!
Questa, New Mexico is renowned for the beautiful scenery surrounding our small, historic village. This is where you will find the rare trails into the Rio Grandé Gorge, trout fishing for every skill level, and mountain lakes with trails that access the highest reaches of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains overlooking the area.
Sitting at 7,500 ft., Questa is the gateway to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and the northern gateway to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway that surrounds the highest peak in New Mexico.
Our village stands in contrast to the resort towns on the east side of the mountains. A half-hour north of Taos, we are one in a long string of small, historic towns that scattered up the Rio Grande from what is now Mexico into southern Colorado in the 18th and 19th centuries. Questa was officially founded in 1842.
LODGING & AMENITIES
We have a few places to lodge overnight and are working everyday to offer more. Please support our local accommodations below. If you cannot find a place to stay in Questa, and if Red River and Taos are charging an arm and a leg, contact us. We may have other options beyond what is listed below, like creative camping or staying with some of our Questeño friends. You’ll be like family in no time!
- Sangre de Cristo Motel — (575) 586-0300
Affordable, basic rooms with a genuine retro feel. “We now have color tv” still on the reader-board. Family owned and operated for many, many years. Call for availability and reservations.
- Questa Lodge & RV Park — (575) 586-9913
Six cabins stocked with cookware and stoves. RV and tent camping available. Pet friendly, with showers, BBQ areas, laundry facilities, a pond, and wifi. Call for availability and reservations.
- Sierra Hermosa RV Park — (575) 770-0121
Forty-four RV spaces with 30/50 amp service and wifi. Two large fire pits, one pond, and an acequia (irrigation ditch) running through the park. Call for availability and reservations.
- AirBnB in Questa or Cerro
Eleven properties last time we checked. See our note above about short-term rentals and the local Questa economy.
- VRBO in Questa or Cerro
Five properties at last count. See our note above about short-term rentals and the local Questa economy.
- Costilla Creek Lodge
A scenic hunting lodge 30 minutes north of Questa, near the pristine Valle Vidal.
Please support our local shops while you’re visiting our fine little village. A primary motivation for hosting the Rio Grandé Grinder in Questa is not just because we love this community, we need your tourist dollars too! All of these are locally owned and warmly welcome you to Q-Town.
- Questa Super Market
A quaint grocery store serving the village of Questa for years. Stock up on the basics.
- Questa Lumber & Hardware
More than just lumber and hardware. Everything from camping and cooking supplies, to clothing, snacks, and more. Family owned for longer than we can remember.
- Rael’s Coffee Shop, Store, & Public Showers
The heart of Questa, this is the oldest store in Questa. They’ve got coffee, espresso, locally made arts and crafts, and showers for only $5! To experience Questa, you must experience Rael’s.
- Frank’s Eats & Sweets
The new restaurant in town with to-die-for cream puffs. No joking – delicious food and a mouth-watering desert selection all made in-house.
- Wildcat’s Den
Serving the best burger and hot, hot chile since 1981. I mean, a griddle used for almost 40 years? How can that burger not knock your socks off?! New Mexico favorites, including our favorite Frito Pie, too.
- Primetime Pizza
A full selection of pizza, sandwiches and gluten-free options.
- El Monte Carlo Bar & Grille
Package beer and liquor store, delicious New Mexico-style breakfast burritos and the best part – it’s owned by the village mayor. If you’re lucky, you’ll cross paths with Mayor Mark and he’ll tell you all he loves about Questa.
- Stop-n-Go/Kiowa Lounge
The local “biker-bar” usually featuring at least a couple Harleys out front. Stop in for a drink, or grab a cold four-pack of your favorite New Mexico brew on the run.
- J&B Chevron Gas Station & C-Store
Fuel and snacks, plus everything you’d expect from a small-town filling station and convenience store.
- Red River Brewing Company
Just around the bend in scenic Red River, is is Red River’s first and only brewery & distillery. Locally owned and family run, offering a great selection of eats and drinks.
Situated on the stunning Enchanted Circle, the Village of Questa is a short 30 minute drive north of Taos, just 20 miles south of the Colorado border. It’s certainly off the “beaten path,” which contributes to some of what we love so much about our village.
There are several small regional airports in and around Questa, but unless you’ve got a private jet, you’ll be flying into Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Denver. Taos is the closest airport, serviced by Taos Air, with flights from Texas and California. Call ahead to inquire about bicycles as checked baggage.
From Albuquerque (2 hours, 47 minutes): From downtown Albuquerque, taks I-25 North toward Santa Fe. Unless you want to pass through Santa Fe and pick up any last minute essentials from Trader Joes and Whole Foods, take Exit 276 for NM-599 (Santa Fe bypass road). Follow the signs to Taos and you’ll end up on NM-84, which becomes NM-285 and later NM-68 after passing through Española. After passing through Española you’ll experience the true essence of rural northern New Mexico: open skies, beautiful sights, and if you’re lucky, a few big horn sheep and a sunset worth stopping for. Keep heading north through Taos and go straight through the traffic signal leading to NM-522. In 20 short minutes you’ll be in Questa.
From Denver (4 hours, 40 minutes): From downtown Denver, take I-25 South through Colorado Springs and Pueblo until you reach Walsenburg. From Walsenburg take CO-160 West, across La Veta Pass and into Fort Garland. Hard left on CO-159 South from Fort Garland, and in 55 minutes you’ll be in Questa. You’ll pass through the quaint little town of San Luis, Colorado (delicious Thai food at Mrs. Rio’s!) before reaching the New Mexico border, where CO-159 becomes NM-522.