Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Taos

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The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is an approximately 242455acre area of public lands in Taos County, New Mexico, proclaimed as a national monument on March 25, 2013 by President Barack Obama under the provisions of the Antiquities Act. It consists of the Rio Grande Gorge and surrounding lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).The monument includes two BLM recreation areas, a portion of the Rio Grande designated as a Wild and Scenic River, and the Red River Wild and Scenic River. resolution adjustable pdf map.resolution adjustable pdf map]]
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  • We only heard about this from a ranger in Red River--otherwise we would have just bypassed seeing it. Some of the things I read about it did not give it the high value of places to see that it should ...  more »
  • Visited in December 2017, no snow, but it was gorgeous view. We drove a little further down from the bridge and took the dirt road up out of the canyon to the top. The scenes looked like something str...  more »
  • So unfortunately my wife thought this path could get us to Ojo Caliente but the road up the mountain isn’t suitable for Mustang GT’s. The bonus was we saw this area and then headed back another hour i...  more »
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  • Looks like a construction site with no work being done. The 2 stars are for the natural beauty of the gorge. This is the bridge that is famous for being in movies. Natural Born Killers, Paul and several other movies have been made here. One of the tallest bridges in the world.
  • We stopped at the bridge. Beautiful view. Several locals selling handcrafts. Nice place to take a break.
  • What a spectacular place! We loved hiking the dogs here during our stay in Taos and it became a regular thing. Lovely hiking for all levels and the view is grand!
  • I thought this place was super fun, but then I was really excited to go in the first place. I will admit that it did seem to be out in the middle of nowhere, it is just a big bridge over a big crack in the Earth, but I thought it was a pretty cool big crack ;-) There is really nothing fancy about this, place as it is just a stop on the side of the road. However, I do think it was a great sight to see and I enjoyed walking across the crazy windy bridge to look down at the Rio Grande which seemed so mall from so high up. If you are wanting to head here, and I do highly recommend it, it's not a place that is going to take up a lot of time out of your day. It's possible that you will spend more time driving there and back than actually being there.
  • Historic canyon in settling the west. Breathtaking view with sidewalks beside road on both sides. Windy and not for those afraid of heights.

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