Often referred to as the best waterfall in New Mexico, the Rio Quemado Falls are a beautiful set of waterfalls high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico. For most of the year they offer a nice distraction to day hikers, backpackers and peak baggers destined for the high summits of the three Truchas Peaks. In winter, these ~60-foot waterfalls offer some enjoyable and very isolated ice climbing routes.
Access to the Rio Quemado Falls is best done from the west via a very confusing maze of dirt roads from the town of Truchas, NM. Even having driven the roads many times, I still have trouble finding the trailhead in winter. It's best to go scope it in summer with a 4WD vehicle as the roads can be very rough. Also, the area here has a bad historical reputation for vehicle vandalism. That said, here's the best I can do:
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Unnamed WI3 Ice, Alpine, 1 pitch, 60 feet, Grade III
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Unnamed WI3 NM : Santa Fe Area : ... : Rio Quemado Falls
This is the line right up the center of the Rio Quemado Falls taking the path of least resistance up stair-stepped ice. It appears other separate lines on these falls exist, with some interesting looking mixed potential on the right side. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NM