New Mexico

"I have just had three fantastic days being shown around by Jay Foley of the Mountain Skills Rock Guides. We got in some great climbs and I was able to see the huge potential for climbing around Taos, visiting Tres Piedras, Comales Canyon and finally the legs on Questa Dome. The top pitch of the Five Eight Variant was pure magic, dramatis, steep and yet with superb holds. Many thanks to Jay and Dennis for showing me around, pointing me at climbs that I could manage to lead, and most of all to their excellent company. You have some truly beautiful climbing.

Sir Chris Bonington

From the panoramic Southwestern high desert in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument to the breath-taking mountain vistas, let Mountain Skills professional, New Mexico, rock climbing instructors, and experienced staff, guide you through an exciting climbing experience with confidence.

Guided Rock Climbing Taos, New Mexico
Jay Foley, Mountain Skills Climbing Guide
climbs near Taos, New Mexico

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, rock climbing in New Mexico offers mild winters, cool summers, unrivaled sunsets, and panoramic vistas. Crank steep bolted cobbles amid the pine forests of The El Rito Rock Climbing Area. Sample the splitter cracks and bolted basalt of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Vertical to low angle granite cliffs soar over one thousand feet high and provide multi-pitch traditional rock climbing and full day adventures in the Sangre De Cristo mountains. Many fine granite, basalt, and cobble bouldering areas serve as destinations or quick fixes. Sport climbing and traditional rock climbing in Tres Piedras, Cimarron, and Comales Canyons, are included in the many rock climbing areas of New Mexico. Luxury accommodations or free camping, hot springs, ancient cultures and un-crowded cliffs combine with Southwestern charm to make New Mexico’s Taos and Santa Fe rock climbing the ultimate Four Corners destination.


Guided Rock Climbing Taos, New Mexico
New Mexico: Donna leads 5 years after TP

Mountain Skills rock climbing school has been in operation in New Mexico for over 20 years and is the only professional permitted and insured guide service and climbing school in Santa Fe, Taos, Northern New Mexico, and Rio Grand del Norte National Monument area. Mountain Skills New Mexico rock climbing guides provide guide services and rock climbing instruction through out Taos County and Northern New Mexico. Cool summers, mild winters, and the best rock climbing near Santa Fe, New Mexico can be found in Taos County. Beginner or Expert, Mountain Skills can guide you on a New Mexico mountain peak adventure or teach you the skills and techniques of the vertical world!

University of New Mexico climbing in Tres Piedras
UNM Class climbing in Tres Piedras

If you are a first time beginner wanting to experience rock climbing in a comfortable, unintimidating location, or you’re an intermediate to expert rock climber looking to hone your skills, climb a classic New Mexico multi-pitch rock climb, beat the crowds, put up first ascents, or sport climb at your limit. The professional staff at Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Guides can take you to the perfect New Mexico rock climbing area for your ability level and give you a skill and/or memory to last a lifetime. Mountain Skills New Mexico rock climbing guides and instructors have a minimum of 15 years rock climbing experience and are chosen for their enthusiasm and ability to teach with patience and effectiveness.

Taos County and Northern New Mexico offer plenty of other activities including hiking, mountain biking, hot air balloon rides, skiing, white-water rafting, lama treks, art galleries and the historic Taos Pueblo.

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Milan Foley Climbing in Taos Ski Valley

Milan Climbing in the Taos Ski Valley


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