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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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Just a beautiful place to go and see!!

We only heard about this from a ranger in Red River--otherwise we would have just bypassed seeing... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2018
trisqit
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Houston, Texas
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This hiking area is about an hour drive from downtown Taos. We hiked the La Junta trail. The... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2017
family0f6traveler
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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"big arsenic"
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"red river"
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"national monument"
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"visitor center"
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"per vehicle"
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"rivers meet"
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"great hikes"
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"rio grande gorge"
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"pay station"
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"camping spots"
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"mile loop"
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"bring plenty of water"
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"easier trails"
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

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 have gotten!! It only cost...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

This hiking area is about an hour drive from downtown Taos. We hiked the La Junta trail. The trailhead is at the La Junta overlook/campground. There is a $3.00 vehicle fee. A map of the area is available at the pay station. We hiked on...More

1  Thank family0f6traveler
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Dont recommend going solo since pretty remote. Took one of the Arsenic trails down to the river and followed it where merged. Little did I know I was going to have to climb up a wall to get out....lol Then I had a 45 minute...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

I want to call attention to one specific spot, that is the Taos Box Canyon because it has some of the best white water rafting. Rapids are graded from a two to a five. Only the best should try this run at its peak which...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

There was almost nobody there. Maybe three cars in the entire park! We pulled off the road at every turnout. Couldn't hike because of the weather, but the views were beautiful. Would love to go back, spend a few days, and do a number of...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

The drive here from Taos is a bit longer than it looks on the map. You first need to drive north through Questa & the west/south back into the park. However there are signs to let you know how to drive there. Bring $3 exact...More

1  Thank Erin B
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Visited here for the first time and the rangers at the visitor center were friendly and helpful. They had just finished a star party the night before and were packing up the telescopes and said that they were planning another one next fall, probably in...More

2  Thank txnat
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The confluence of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers makes a spectacular setting. Went for a hike, there is a good amount of elevation change +/-800 ft. Saw big horn sheep and tons of birds and few people, it was a really nice place to...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

I last wrote a review in 2013 that details what to expect when visiting, camping, or hiking at Wild Rivers. Managed by the Dept. of Interior/BLM, it is now part of the larger Rio Grande del Norte National Monument designated by Pres. Obama. It is...More

1  Thank mwcw
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

If you go to the overlook there are many hikes to take and all of them are great. Most go down to the Rio Grande River and then you can walk along the river to another trail back to the mesa.

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Michael T
9 August 2017|
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Response from ljhinz | Reviewed this property |
It should be safe for your dog. I saw a couple of dogs on leashes hiking. If you take any of the trails down to the river, I would just be aware that there is poison oak and ivy, which would effect you more than your pup... More
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April B
28 August 2015|
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Response from astrofan987retail |
You don't actually "check-in". You find and empty site, occupy it, then put money in the local pay station. Campers are supposed to leave their sites on the departure day by 2 PM, so if all sites are full when you get... More
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Jeff C
17 January 2015|
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Campsites are fairly primitive -- pit toilets and water available. They sites are reasonably spaced and private.
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