Photo of the Week: Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument


Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, photo Steve Collins

Wild River Recreation Area at tht Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, photo/Steve Collins

We were looking for something we hadn’t done in Taos. Peggy, our gracious host at Inn on La Loma Plaza suggested the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The 242,000 acre area attained National Monument status in 2013. Extending the length o the Rio Grande Gorge from Pilar to the Colorado border, there’s a lot to see. We’d been to Pilar, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and the John Dunne Bridge, but not to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area about 45 minutes north of Taos, past Questa, NM. The deepest, widest part of the gorge is here at the junction of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers.It’s a place for great views, hiking, fishing, camping and shooting great photos. Check it out when you’re in the area.

8 Responses to “Photo of the Week: Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument”

  1. noel
    June 23, 2019 at 11:13 am #

    I love the canyon views. One of these days I want to revisit this entire region and really enjoy the stunning landscape

    • Billie Frank
      August 4, 2019 at 7:49 am #

      Let us know when you’re coming- we’ll have some great suggestions for you.

  2. Karen
    June 24, 2019 at 12:02 pm #

    If you want a real challenge, volunteer to help with the annual transport of fingerling (baby) Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout to the river.

    Because this species has declined in its original home, fingerling trout are raised at a hatchery and carried by backpack (and strong legs) from the rim down to the river for release each spring.

    A great hike for a great cause! Local fly fishing shops and Trout Unlimited chapters can tell you the schedule (which flexes each year due to weather and fish-rearing.)

    • Billie Frank
      June 24, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

      We passed the hatchery when we were at the site. I’ll leave that challenge to you hardy outdoor types. I’m still wondering if I could make it back up the gorge if I went down-lol

  3. Leigh
    June 24, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    It looks absolutely beautiful though I always wish there was more water to be seen in the Rio Grande.

    • Billie Frank
      June 24, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

      This year the water’s been pretty high. It’s relative to the gorge walls, I guess.

  4. Agness
    July 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm #

    What a wonderful place. I wish I could hike there. Just wondering how it would look at night!

    • Steve Collins
      July 10, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

      I haven’t been there at night yet, Agness, but I’ll bet that there is no light pollution so it would be a great place to watch the night sky.

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