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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Address: Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM

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The Grand Canyon without the long drive.

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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 the new runway at the Taos Airport. Try walking down Big Arsenic and back up... More 

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Woodway, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Southern NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three years ago, we did the Arsenic Springs Trail, which I previously reviewed. This year, as part of a day's drive, we were back at Wild Rivers Recreation area for some great views of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers. Although there is a trail with considerable elevation, this time we just stayed at the top and took lots of... More 

Thank GreenUnicorn
Taos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Both the hikes and the views will take your breath away. You can just go for a hike or take your fishing gear with you, great fishing in the Rio Grande, there is also delicious wild fresh Watercress to collect and enjoy at home.

Thank jagabrot2000
Seattle, Washington
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58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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

Thank grazia2626
Dallas, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 9 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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Cedar Hill, TX
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Reviewed 25 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.

Thank stevieweavie2013
Denver, Colorado
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

Thank Kerry F

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