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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Address: Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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Worth going off the main road to visit.

Did this with snow on the ground and roads clear. It was breathtaking to see the Rio Grande gorge from this perspective. Worth doing.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did this with snow on the ground and roads clear. It was breathtaking to see the Rio Grande gorge from this perspective. Worth doing.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

A beautiful but very physically challenging hike (despite being labeled "moderate") down from the rim of the gorge down to the Red River tributary. There is a cold spring at the bottom feeding the river. The trail drops 800 feet in less than a mile, which makes the trek back up quite challenging. There is snow on parts of the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The drive from Taos on the Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway is great. We then got out & hiked the La Junta Trail down to where the Red & Rio Grande rivers merge. The hike is only 1.2 miles each way, but has a steep 800 ft elevation change. You get great views the entire hike and there are a few... More 

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Thank BrussoDallas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We took a hike into the gorge and it was spectacular. The trail was steep but well maintained with stone walls, steel and wood stairways and handrails where needed. The trail goes all the way down to the floor of the gorge where two rivers come together. It is much harder going up the trail so be sure you are... More 

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Thank Steve S
Cedar Hill, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

After hiking down the Big Arsenic trail to Rio Grande below, when I reached the river, I sat on a Basal rock on the bank and let the experience soak in. It was a joy to the senses just to be there.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We hiked the Big Arsenic Springs Trail down to the Rio Grande. An 800 foot drop into an amazing Gorge. The trail was well maintained and highlighted by many markers giving information about the Gorge, the plants, trees and rocks. Requires stamina to get down and back to the top. Bring plenty of water.

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Thank Kerry F
Placitas, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We had visited Ojo Caliente and were driving to Taos. Rather than take what appeared to be a longer route, we took a dirt/gravel Forest Service road down into the Rio Grande gorge and across an old steel bridge. The road on the east side of the river is paved. Much to our surprise, there are several small campgrounds operated... More 

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Edmond, OK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

My husband and I were visiting Taos for the weekend. We are around 60 and are very active and fit. We had done two vigorous 4-mile hikes at the Taos ski valley on other days, so were looking for something different, so that we could enjoy the scenery and get a bit of exercise. A local suggested taking this 50-minute... More 

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Shavano Park, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Visit the visitor's center first and study the dioramas and pay your park fee. My husband and I hiked Little Arsenic and Big Arsenic trails, two different days. Each time we chose to hike the trails early in the morning. It was in July and August. We appreciated the cool of the morning as we hiked down and back up.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The views are endless. The trails are varied - as easy or as difficult as you want. Periodic activities are offered. Beautiful.

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