John Dunn Bridge, Arroyo Hondo

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John Dunn Bridge is located in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico in north central New Mexico. It crosses the Rio Grande near the confluence of the Rio Hondo. It was built in 1908 by John Dunn who transported travelers and mail into Taos and housed travelers overnight at his hotel near the bridge. It was sold to the Territory of New Mexico in 1912 and at that time the toll-bridge was made a free bridge to travelers. Recreational opportunities on the rivers include fishing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. It is near the Black Rock Hot Springs.
The bridge is located about three miles west of Arroyo Hondo on a gravel road that parallels Rio Hondo. The road, off of NM 522, runs through Bureau of Land Management property, is known as John Dunn Bridge Road and County Road B-007.
An 18-mile portion of the Rio Grande called the "Taos Box" is known for whitewater rafting between the John Dunn Bridge, and the northern end, and the Taos Junction Bridge.
In or after 1893 John Dunn bought a bridge that crossed the Rio Grande and established a business taking passengers and freight from the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad at Tres Piedras to Taos. The bridge burned down and he rebuilt it in 1908.
He built a hotel near the bridge there for travelers. The hotel provided fresh fish from the Rio Grande and fresh milk from his milk cow. It was a toll bridge for which he charged $1 per person and less for livestock. He provided daily mail service from the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad at Tres Piedras to Embudo, Taos Junction and Taos, that was otherwise delivered unpredictably.
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  • Hot spring near by can you find it It’s a short home off the first switchback some folks go naked just saying check this spot out Taos hidden gem  more »
  • We were following the instruction for the Black Rock hot springs and realized that we were taking this dirt road to drive down to the bottom of the Gorge! It’s a cool place although the narrow, rough ...  more »
  • The bridge is nothing special and the drive is a bit rugged, but mini vans and small cars can make it by picking around and going slow. The specialness is the contrast between the high bridge and the...  more »
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