Beautiful high mountain setting in pristine canyon with bullet-hard rock. Moderate trad on the banks of a mountain stream (Water Wall), and a few fun bolted sport routes on the steep black and orange cliff band above (Fire Wall).
Hwy 518 about 18 miles east of Taos. Look for FS Rd 22 just past Comales Campground at a turnout on the right. If you get to Sipapu, you missed it...
Great swimming a mile East on NM 518 at a pull out on the north of the road below a series of small waterfalls.
Food, gas, lodging and a nice disc golf course in Sipapu Ski Area a few miles further east on NM518. One of the most family friendly climbing areas in Taos county.
Bouldery start to high first bolt. Try to stay on bolt line, harder to right easier to the left. A little reachy at the crux. Easy finish on left side of arete. Easy top rope route to left....[more]Browse More Classics in NM
Dennis Jackson's guidebook, Climbing in New Mexico, also covers Comales Canyon and has a nice sketch of the Water Wall. The rock at Comales is the Ortega Quartzite, or an equivalent unit. The new sport rounts on/left of the Fire Wall are decent routes that should improve with some more traffic.