The designated wild and scenic river corridor begins at the New Mexico/Colorado state line and ends at Rinconada, approximately 1 mile downstream of the Taos/RÐ½o Arriba County line.
BIKING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING
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Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails:
The RÐ½o Grande Wild and Scenic River, located within the RÐ½o Grande del Norte National Monument, includes 74 miles of the river as it passes through the 800-foot deep RÐ½o Grande Gorge. Flowing out of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the river journeys 1,900 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Here the river flows in a rugged and scenic part of northern New Mexico. The river was made a part of the National Wild and Scenic River System in 1968; among the first eight rivers Congress designated as Wild and Scenic. The river gorge is home to numerous species of wildlife, including big horn sheep, river otter, and the RÐ½o Grande cutthroat trout. The RÐ½o Grande Wild and Scenic River provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities, luring anglers, hikers, artists, and whitewater boating enthusiasts. Two developed recreation areas are located along the river: Wild Rivers on the north and Orilla Verde in the south. In addition to these scenic recreation areas, a spectacular vista of the gorge is seen from the High Bridge Overlook where highway 64 crosses.