About the trip
Rock Climbing with NMRA As the Rio Grande has carved out its canyon, it has left countless areas in the volcanic basalt rock suitable to be explored by technical rock climbing.
- Climb in the heart of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
- Perfect for all skill levels
- All equipment included
- Amazing wildlife sightings from bighorn sheep to golden eagles
This trip meets at our private, Rio Grande Headquarters which is conveniently located 1 hour north of Santa Fe and 30 min. south of Taos. Our fully stocked Headquarters and Outfitters Shop is in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge right across the street from the river, less than 1 mile from the finishing point of the most popular trips and offers safe, secure parking in our private parking lot.
For directions to our Rio Grande Headquarters click here!
Do I need to experience?
No, our climbing instructors and guides will teach you everything you need to know and cater to each person’s skill levels independently. Put you trust in us to provide you with an unforgettable adventure.
What if it rains or we have a storm?
Rock climbing becomes much more difficult in the rain and dangerous in any kind of electrical storm. We do reserve the right to cancel or postpone your tip due to the presence of prediction of inclement weather. If this case arises, we will offer you a credit for your trip or move you to a trip of your liking that is appropriate in inclement weather.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our rock climbing trips near Taos NM take place in the heart of the Rio Grande Gorge just above the Wild and Scenic Rio Grande. The Dead Cholla Wall is an established rock climbing area featuring over two-dozen climbing routes just below the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. We will enjoy the famous route, aptly named “Fun” with the stunning southwest backdrop of the Rio Grande Gorge and the Sangre de Christo Mountains. There is a short and well maintained trail to this remote and pristine climbing location. No experience is necessary for this trip and is available to ages 12 and up and all, abilities, and levels of fitness.
Your guides will provide the safety equipment and instruction in rappelling and climbing technique to help you safely challenge yourself on this 50 foot vertical cliff overlooking the river. Depending on your fitness level, we will choose from the routes available to find the right amount of challenge to help you get the most out of your experience in this “slab” climb. This style of climbing requires thoughtful footwork instead of powerful upper body movements. Through the help of a detailed orientation at the climbing site, your guides will provide you with a solid foundation to tackle your first route with just the right amount of difficulty for three to four hours in the morning.
New Mexico River Adventures’ professional guides are the best in the business and have introduced rock climbing in New Mexico to countless outdoor enthusiasts. Minnimum age for Rock Climbing trips is 12 years old.
Upgrade to Fajitas and a Float
If you’d like to make it a full day adventure, try combining our rock climbing course in New Mexico with our amazing Orilla Verde half day float, your guides will serve our amazing fajita lunch after your climbing adventure.