Home - Destinations - iPhone/Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New
Login with Facebook
Comales Canyon

Select Area...
Fire Wall and Upper Tier 
Water Wall and Lower Areas 

Comales Canyon 

Photos: Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 36.1596, -105.5853 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 18,033
Administrators: Mike Howard, Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB, Marta Reece, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Mike Howard on Nov 5, 2008
Good Page?0 people like this page. Your opinion:   
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area Add Area | Add Photo | Add Comment | Add Event
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon
55° | 33°
63° | 38°
Chance of Rain
56° | 35°
Partly Cloudy
59° | 35°
63° | 35°
Dan going for FA on a new route left of Burnt on F...


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).

Getting There 

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.

Guide book for the area is Jay Foley's "Taos Rock"

Local guide service www.climbtaos.com

38 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Comales Canyon:
Take the Plunge   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Water Wall and Lower Areas
In Descent   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Comales Tamale   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Water Wall and Lower Areas
Open Books   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Water Wall and Lower Areas
E-Z Rider   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 40'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Kindling   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Nicole's Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Pure Vida   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 60'   Water Wall and Lower Areas
It Takes a Village to Raise a Route   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 45'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Prescribed burn   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Shadow Caster   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
The Anvil   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Fire Walker   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
The Egg   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Reignite   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 50'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Fiyo   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 60'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Toast   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 50'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Burnt   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Family Man   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Fire Wall and Upper Tier
Browse More Classics in Comales Canyon

Featured Route For Comales Canyon
Definitely a good way to end the day.  Clayton climbing Pure Vida.

Pure Vida 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a  NM : Taos Area : ... : Water Wall and Lower Areas
A fun route on good stone with a sustained section of climbing through the middle....[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

Photos of Comales Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Climbing Magazine No 293 March 2011
BETA PHOTO: Climbing Magazine No 293 March 2011
Comments on Comales Canyon Add Comment
Show which comments
By Jfoley
May 25, 2010

Several new sport routes on and left of fire wall.

By Paul Drakos
Jul 14, 2010

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.

By George Perkins
From: Los Alamos, NM
May 18, 2012

Info on many of the new routes in Comales Canyon is listed on Jay Foley's Mountain Skills Guide's webpage:

By djkyote
Aug 9, 2013

A link to a recent rockfall accident, maybe an issue from recent rains:


Also, I may have left a gray rainjacket there that day. If it is found, please PM me.