Remote, beautiful and artistic

Questa is a small village north of Taos, along the Enchanted Circle, tucked just east of the Wild Rivers area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and west of the Carson National Forest. At an elevation of 7,461 feet, this former mining town offers some of the most dramatic hiking trails and stunning campsites in Northern New Mexico.

Eagle Rock Lake. Questa tourism courtesy photo/Tommy Lyles

Once public gatherings are again allowed, look for Tuesday and Saturday music and art presentations at the intimate amphitheater behind the visitors’ center. The Questa History Trail team typically co-hosts, with the BLM, a series of multimedia performances illuminating the historical life-ways and culture of this remote area. Questa’s History Trail Ribbon Cutting and Celebration is postponed, but check out the team’s new .6 mile route linking downtown Questa with its historic plaza, the site of the recently restored San Antonio de Padua church.

The Questa History Trail is an 0.6-mile walking tour of significant Questa locales, artifacts and events. Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

This adobe structure dates to the mid-1800s and is at the center of the trail highlighting a 5,000-year timeline including rare geologic features, Hispano and multicultural settlements, Native life and conflicts, frontier religious devotion and more. The self-guiding trail begins at the traffic light where you will find walking maps. Questa Creative Council will reinstate their annual summer event next year, in July 2022, the Wild Rivers Plein Air Festival of outdoor painting in the national monument, with workshops, demos and an exhibit of over 100 pieces of freshly painted fine art. New Mexican food and drink typically available. 

A weekend of plein-air painting, seen here with Questa artists Robert Pérez and Roger Harrington during a past Wild Rivers Plein Air Paint-Out. The next event is planned for 2022. Taos News file photo

Questa Farmers Market
Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., through September
Look for updates on Questa Farmers Market Facebook page. Customers relish the handmade tortillas and tamales and other handmade foodstuffs – the freshest, most nutritious food around. Questa Farmers Market is an EBT/Double-up-authorized market and is authorized to accept WIC and Senior Nutrition checks. For more information contact Gaea McGahee, 575-224-2102 or

Ceramic by Mike Ridder will be on view during the Questa Studio Art Tour, Aug. 14-15. Courtesy Questa Creative Council

Questa Studio Art Tour
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 14-15, 10 a.m-5 p.m. daily
This is a kid and family-friendly, free exploration of the artwork and studios of over 40 local Questa area artists, featuring contemporary and traditional art, including woodcarving, quilting, ceramics, jewelry, painting, printing, mixed media and more. COVID-Safe Practices with masks required. A project of the Questa Creative Council. Contact: Peggy Trigg, pegtrigg@gmail; 505-974-5314.

Questa Quilter Guild works will be on view during the Questa Studio Art Tour, Aug. 14-15. Courtesy Questa Creative Council