Wild Rivers Recreational Area

The Wild Rivers Recreation Area is located within the Río Grande Del Norte National Monument and along the Río Grande Wild and Scenic River and Red River Wild and Scenic River.  Here visitors may experience the beauty of an 800-foot deep canyon sliced into volcanic flows by the Río Grande (Spanish for Great River) and Red River where they come together. 


Located in the high plains of northern New Mexico, this area is rich with history, rugged beauty, and enticing recreational opportunities.  A back country byway, visitor center, campgrounds, picnic facilities, and trails are available for visitors.  Several spectacular overlooks are found here, including La Junta Point, one of the most dramatic views in the state, overlooking the confluence of the Red River and the Río Grande -- and it is wheelchair accessible.


The canyon ecosystem descends 800 feet from rim to river, creating a unique diversity in plant and animal life.  Ancient piñon and juniper forests include 500 year-old trees.  Watchable wildlife opportunities include mule deer, red-tailed hawk, mountain blue-bird, and prairie dog.  The climate is semi-arid with summer thunderstorms common in July and August, and snow possible from November through March.  Summer temperatures range from 45 to 90F and in winter from -15 to 45F.

Nearest Town
Questa, NM

Camping at Wild Rivers   

see map to your right...

Camping also in Red River area

Wild Rivers-Trip Advisior - 5 Star
Listed 7 out of 79 best things to do in the Taos area.
Lodging Options
Red River, NM
12 miles east
Special BLOCK rates at the Ponderosa Lodge. 575-754-2988

Red River Lodging

Red River offers a variety of options when it comes to lodging.  Cabins, lodges, condos, hotel rooms, vacation homes, RV parks & camping... many that are pet friendly! 

There are LOTS of great Vacation Rentals  through

Air B and B


Check it out!


Questa, Red River and Taos Rentals

Lodging Options
Taos, NM 
25 Miles south

Lodging Options


There are a limited number of motels in Questa.

Kachina Motel


2306 NM-522, Questa, NM · (505) 586-0640

Sangre De Cristo Motel


Questa Lodge LLC


8 Lower Embargo Rd, Questa, NM · (575) 586-9913

522 Highway 38, Questa, NM · (505) 586-0300

Sierra Hermosa RV Park
Located right on hwy. 522 on the south end of town.   575-586-1051 or 575-770-0121. 

Air B and B

The Star House -GREAT Place to Stay!!

thestarhousenewmexico.com  575--586-1363. Ask for Ellen!

No wonder George O’Keefe settled in New Mexico: the light is like nowhere else and the views are spectacular!

Northern New Mexico apartment. Quiet sanctuary. Magnificent 8-pointed Star House with breathtaking views of the Southern Rockies, 14 miles south of the Colorado border. Entire first floor has new kitchen, bedroom, living room with sleep sofa, bathroom, washer/dryer. Very clean. Private driveway, entrance and patio. Quiet writer on second floor. Special price for Questa Plein Air guests: $60/night; $380/week for 1 or 2 guests.

Some of our favorite local Questa Restaurants..

Tacos y Mas-Great Food Trailer on the go food.

Wildcat Den-best burgers and

Pat's Place-best sit down New Mexican food

My Tia’s café   (in Cerro)
New Mexican specialties, located north of Questa on highway 378.  On the road to the Rio Grande del Norte National Park.  Mon., Thrs., Fri. lunch and dinner.  Sat., Sun. breakfast, lunch, dinner.  586-2203

Rael’s Coffee Shop in Questa
In the historic Rael’s Market location, Cynthia Rael-Vigil offers locally-made crafts, jewelry, and art.  Gourmet coffee, too!   Open Mon.-Sat., 10a-3p in the center of town. For more information, email cynthiaraelvigil@yahoo.com, or call 575-779-9249.

Our Local Organic Farm!

Cerro Vista Farm (5m north of Questa)
Organic farm offering farm shares with delivery to strategic spots from Questa-Taos, and walk-in purchases on Wednesday afternoons, from 3-6p.  Follow Hwy. 522 north of Questa 2.6m to the road to Wild Rivers area of the Rio Grande del Norte Nat’l Mon. (Hwy. 378/Cerro) cont. around big curves, past the church, and on past the old pink schoolhouse to turn right on Abragadero Rd. continue to intersection and turn left onto Lower Buena Vista Rd., turn left into farm driveway at the small/low wooden sign in 1/4m+ (just past the 2nd residence). More information at http://cerrovistafarm.com/

This project is supported in part by an award from New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Art works.

NM Arts
Taos Lodgers Tax
Red River Lodgers Tax
Questa Economic Development Fund
Chevron Community Fund
Alpine Lodge
Dick Blick
Guerrilla Painter
Cobra, Art Cocoon
Gamblin Art Materials
Southwest Art Magazine 
Lamberts Restaurant
Taos Inn, Raels Market
Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts 
Ponderosa Lodge
REI, Ampersand
Barry Norris Studios
Reservations Unlimited
The Bobcat, Sitzmark 
Monte Carlo Lounge 
Plein Air Magazine
Jack Richeson and Company
KWK Events, Der Markt
Golden Nugget
Auslander Lodge and Condos
Cids Food Market
Bureau of Land Management
Red River Real Estate
Yesterdays Diner
Woodlands on the River
Eisenhut Codo
Main Street Mercantile
Capos, Dairy Bar
Heilman Designs
D&K Enterprises/Climates
Red River Angler and Sport
All Seasons Sports
Red River Brewery
Candy Mountain
Weezies, Cheap Joes
Community House
Taos Community Foundation
Los Alamos Foundation
Centinel Bank
Williamsburg Oil

We would also like to thank these sponsors for their donations to Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out!

Rael's Market

2016-19 by Peggy Trigg

Questa Creative Council

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