Where is Ocho?
8 STATE HIGHWAY 38, QUESTA, NM
Located 50 yards from the only traffic light in Questa, at the "T" heading East towards Red River. Parking across the street at the Questa Visitor's Center. (Google lands you a mile off course - see at left!)
OCHO Director, Barrie Andrews
P.O. Box 1464
Questa, NM 87556
(US Mail does not deliver to physical addresses in Questa.)
The honest, rugged, principled and stoic qualities of so many locals is reflected in its location, nestled as it is between the huge Sangre de Cristo Mountains bordering the East, the deeply etched Rio Grande Gorge graced by the elegiac Wild Rivers Recreation Area in the West, the stark Blanca Peak in Colorado to the North, and Taos twenty miles due South.
Nature on our doorstep
No matter what your choice outdoor activity is—hiking at Wild Rivers, horseback riding, hunting and fishing in the Sangre de Cristos, skiing in tame Red River or steep Taos Mountain, biking, motorcycling or driving the Enchanted Circle, growing herbs or dahlias, looking for ancient petroglyphs, sharing UFO stories, or sitting in hot springs, you simply can’t miss the ultimate theater—the sky.
Like many areas in the West, the Questa vistas are graced with the long view such that multiple weather systems can be viewed simultaneously. Northern New Mexico has long drawn artists for the sky, but locals know our views of sunrises, sunsets extinct volcanoes, piñon forests and sagebrush "oceans" are, in fact, THE BEST!
Culture and History
This petite community with a grande (needs no translation) heart and 300 plus years of colorful history is quietly filled with more interesting characters per square mile than a Hillerman novel. Questa, mistakenly recorded with a “q” instead of a “c”, kept its quirky name which should have been the Spanish, “Cuesta” meaning “hill”. The willingness of its residents to eschew formalities and convenience is therefore embedded in its name.
The town boasts wizened and enduring Hispanic (many from Spanish descendents from the 1700’s) folks, an eclectic collection of Anglo retirees and free spirits, from both coasts and the heartland, many horses, three churches, three bars, three gas stations and one stoplight. The stoplight, vital to directions for turning towards Red River on the Enchanted Circle Path, as well as to OCHO (three buildings to the right, number “8”), is the only forced pause as you pass unwittingly through this town, drained of cash but not spirit from the decline of the mine in Red River, of much color and history