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Questa Dome is a 600-ft tall south-facing granite dome in the secluded Latir Peaks Wilderness area in northern New Mexico. The climbs on the main dome range from 5.10 to 5.12.

There is excellent granite bouldering along the trail to the Dome.

Season May through October. Can be hot on hot summer days. Watch out for thunderstorms, especially in July and August. It can be warm enough in April, but the approach may still be snowy.

Guidebooks: A guidebook or at least a topo is recommended. 'Taos Rock' and 'Rock Climbing: New Mexico' are both excellent guides to the area, and both include the best climbs. 'Taos Rock' includes 2 or 3 more routes that aren't in RC:NM, and a section on the bouldering. Easier low-angle crack systems (undocumented) can be found on the slabs between the Legs and Questa Dome proper.

Getting There 

From Taos: Take NM 522 north past the village of Questa. 6 miles past Questa take a right at a sign to El Rito. Go just under a mile to where the road turns (at a house) to dirt. Veer right and then climb up the steep road for just under a mile farther. High clearance is helpful. At the T-junction, go right, and continue for 0.2 miles a small parking and the trailhead on the left.

The trailhead is an ok place to camp. Don't drink the water from the stream without treating it, livestock are upstream. There is a spring up the drainage on the east side of the dome.

The trail climbs through the pine forest and soon meets a beautiful creek. In early season, the trail may be flooded by the creek in some places, but should not be a problem. As the trail gets steeper, the dome is obvious on the left. Stay on the trail until about level with the base, then traverse left to the base of the rock. This will take 45 minutes or so.

To get to "the Legs" formation, head up on a faint cairned trail at the first place the trail meets the boulderfield.

Climbing Season

For the Taos Area area.

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Questa Dome:
Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre (Original 5.8)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 310'   The Legs
The Ancient Ones   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Questa Dome
Jonny Questa   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Questa Dome
Tostadas Comquesta   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Questa Dome
Question of Balance   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Questa Dome
Questar   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Questa Dome
Another Pretty Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Questa Dome
Questionable Timing   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   Questa Dome
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Questar 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13  NM : Taos Area : ... : Questa Dome
Perhaps the most prominent line at Questa Dome, Questar is a nice climb that deserves more attention. There is interesting climbing on all the pitches, but still some flakiness from lack of traffic. The 3rd and 4th pitches are striking from below, as the left of 2 long continuous diagonal crack systems left of the big roofs on Questa Dome.The best start is the first two pitches of "Sequestered", described here. One can also use the original first two pitches of "Jonny Questa", which is...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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