Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande Gorge
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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This 800-foot-deep gorge in northern New Mexico offers exciting whitewater rafting, hiking trails around the rim and observation platforms with spectacular views of the winding river below.
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Jennifer H
Columbus, OH642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
This is a beautiful gorge with great views. We hiked a short trail and experienced the thrill of being near the edge with no one around.
Written April 26, 2022
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Kay H
Santa Fe, NM84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
There is a very nice trail along the rim of the Gorge. As you leave Taos, cross the bridge. Drive in the rest stop to park. There are bathrooms there. There may be tents set up by vendors. Pass through the vendors to find the trailhead. We were there in July. There is no cover. It will be hot, go early. The very first part of the trail is groomed and very easy to walk. Further out it gets rocky and I was glad I was in hiking boots and had my trekking poles, but nevertheless the trail is primarily level so the hiking is easy. Folks we passed told us they had seen several big horn sheep. We weren't that lucky.
Written July 18, 2021
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Tracey R
Sulphur Springs, TX97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
It is a thrill for those afraid of heights, a bit unnerving...but a wonder and beauty to see. Easy to park on either side, and free. Just 10 minutes west of Taos.
Written June 25, 2021
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
To fully appreciate the Gorge, begin thinking about it and looking for it south of Taos on State Highway 68. As you come up onto the high mesa, there looking to the north is the 'crack in the earth' that's the Rio Grande Gorge. The mesa, level on both sides is level. Then there's a rift.

From there, we went to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge to actually see the Gorge. We walked on the Bridge to the mid-point. Then, we could see how deep the Gorge is. It is a rift in the earth. And way way down is the Rio Grande. We could hear the River as it tumbled over rocks on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. There are few words to describe the scene. On both sides are flat plains. Then meandering north to south is a cut. It goes mostly straight down (unlike the Grand Canyon which is steep, but not as steep with all sorts of side canyons. The Rio Grande Gorge is mostly straight down with no side canyons.) The sides are composed of the deep dark lava rock. It’s quite imposing and awe inspiring.
Written February 24, 2020
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GreenUnicorn
New Jersey3,325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Two days ago we hiked the West Rim trail which leaves from the parking lot of the rest stop area. We did just under two miles, out and back, turning around after a side canyon. With the packed snow, our crampons really helped with our footing. After about 1.25 miles fewer people had been on the trail, and the going was a bit more difficult. The first part of the trail highlights the gorge and the bridge. After that, the trail turns away from the gorge, and it is pretty much vegetation and not all that interesting, except perhaps the words Abolish Capitalism! on one of the trail markers.

We tried this trail a few years back, but we were only wearing sneakers, and at a certain point, the mud did us in.

Hiking this area this time of year is going to be very weather dependent. It was interesting, but not fantastic.
Written January 22, 2020
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Travellover6128
San Francisco, CA2,970 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
There are so many places to view the gorge from. It’s extremely impressive, yet there are a complete lack of tourists. Definitely take time to explore the area, enjoy the views and take some great pictures!
Written July 28, 2019
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Angela B
Clearwater, FL57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Lots of different views depending where you stand.be prepared to take pictures right before the bridge lots of big horn sheep.
Written July 11, 2019
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Sandra T
Dallas, Texas65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Contacted Los Rios River Runners in order to find the best guides. The Box , just outside of Taos, is the best whitewater rafting location if want Level 3 and above!!! The trip is an al day affair with lunch. The rafts hold 4 - 8 paddlers - they will be guided down a fantastic canyon while experiencing the rapids on the Rio Grande. This year 2019 is the best in years as far as water level and difficulty!!
Written June 17, 2019
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Monique E
The Netherlands1,743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
From the rest area a good unpaved road leads along the rim of the gorge. We didn’t walk very far, but you have amazing views of the canyon and the river and ofcourse the bridge.
We were alone on the trail, and didn’t hear anything but the wind and the birds.
Written June 14, 2019
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Hans
Kwadendamme, The Netherlands4,172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Along the west rim there is a walking path from which you can make a great walk in the direction opposite the bridge.
Written June 14, 2019
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