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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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Still an Amazing Place

I last wrote a review in 2013 that details what to expect when visiting, camping, or hiking at Wild... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
new mexico
Great Hikes

If you go to the overlook there are many hikes to take and all of them are great. Most go down to... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
Taos County, New Mexico
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Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I last wrote a review in 2013 that details what to expect when visiting, camping, or hiking at Wild Rivers. Managed by the Dept. of Interior/BLM, it is now part of the larger Rio Grande del Norte National Monument designated by Pres. Obama. It is...More

Thank mwcw
Reviewed 8 July 2017

If you go to the overlook there are many hikes to take and all of them are great. Most go down to the Rio Grande River and then you can walk along the river to another trail back to the mesa.

2  Thank CivicDuty4U
Reviewed 7 July 2017

This area is actually part of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument - managed by the Bureau of Land Management. I thought the National Monument and this Recreation area were different, but are actually one in the same. For good information on this area...More

1  Thank diaq
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Orilla Verde Recreation Area is on NM Rt. 570, 9 miles SW of Taos (as the crow flies), right at the bottom of the Gorge. Rt. 570 is paved, but keep an eye out for boulders. Beautiful place for fishing or launching kayaks/rafts. When the...More

Thank Passwest
Reviewed 12 June 2017

A few miles north of Dixon we found this visitor center and got a lot of good info from some great volunteers who love what they do. Interesting overviews and historic content as well as some good ideas for seeing the gorge. They suggested going...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

This area has better views of the Rio Grande Gorge than the bridge. It is off of the beaten path, where we didn't see many people while we were there. This area also offers a lot of trails for hiking. We did the Big Arsenic...More

Thank ljhinz
Reviewed 1 June 2017

The views from the recreation area are so much better than the Rio Grande Bridge. The road is easy to drive. The visitor center is only open limited days - visited on a Tuesday in May and was closed. There are compost toilets available in...More

Thank Eileen S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

The pavement has deteriorated some since my last review of this place as the king of bike roads. Mt. biking is still great of course, but the road biking has taken a notch down as the pavement has cracked. Nothing to damage your bike, but...More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Visit and hike this park numerous time each year. Well worth the drive in from the "main" highway. Also a good location for a five mile loop if you have "skinny tires" one the best paved sections in Taos County with the possible exception of...More

1  Thank Suitcase_Man1
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Nice place. Three bedrooms, on the river. Quiet, full kitchen with utensils. Two baths. Red River is a nice little town, much better than Angel Fire. Friendly local folks. Store in town and lots of shops.

1  Thank Sam B
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Michael T
9 August 2017|
Response from ljhinz | Reviewed this property |
It should be safe for your dog. I saw a couple of dogs on leashes hiking. If you take any of the trails down to the river, I would just be aware that there is poison oak and ivy, which would effect you more than your pup... More
April B
28 August 2015|
Response from astrofan987retail |
You don't actually "check-in". You find and empty site, occupy it, then put money in the local pay station. Campers are supposed to leave their sites on the departure day by 2 PM, so if all sites are full when you get... More
Jeff C
18 January 2015|
Response from astrofan987retail |
Campsites are fairly primitive -- pit toilets and water available. They sites are reasonably spaced and private.