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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  • As an afterthought, I visited this remote park not knowing what to expect. What I got was more than I expected. It's a free park with minimal fees for hiking or camping. Multiple turn outs allow you t...  more »
  • While heading to the Rio Grande Gorge bridge we stopped at the Río Grande del Norte National Monument visitors center because we were looking for somewhere near to hike. So glad we did! The park emplo...  more »
  • We sorta just showed up here one afternoon as an afterthought, and absolutely enjoyed it. There were several overlooks with amazing views and several trails to hike. We hiked the Chiflo Trail that des...  more »
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  • Total surprise via Trail Forks. The Taos overlook trail system. Fun trail with awesome views of Rio Grande Gorge. Rolling fun 12 mile up and down jaunt through Juniper, Pinion and sage.
  • Gorgeous gorge! A few miles out of Taos but worth the hour to meander over the bridge and admire the gorge.
  • Stunning views. The bighorn sheep herd in the rest area was a bonus. Restrooms were closed and locked with sign explaining why.
  • Clean air and water great views free of man made structures. Amazing rafting. Great fishing at the end of the summer.
  • Great views. However, the street vendors were taking up a lot of the parking. The parking lot was in bad shape.

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