Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
View of Rio Grande River from near Pilar
View south from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument includes two visitor centers where you can get hiking guides, maps and detailed information on camping and other activities. One is located near Pilar on N.M. 68 within the Orilla Verde Recreation Area, and another is near Questa at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area.
RIO GRANDE DEL NORTE NATIONAL MONUMENT
ORILLA VERDE RECREATION AREA
Located near Pilar between Española and Taos, this recreation area includes several hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, fishing access and swimming points in a relatively calm stretch of the Rio Grande, along with one of the two visitor centers for the national monument. The Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center is located at the intersection of N.M. 68 and N.M. 570. It is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., from Memorial Day to Labor Day. After Labor Day, the center is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, call 751-4899 or visit www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/taos/orilla_verde.html.
WILD RIVERS RECREATION AREA
The Wild Rivers Recreation Area, about 20 minutes from Questa, has several trails and campsites. The visitor center is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 575/586-1150
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Taos Field Office: 226 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571; 575/758-8851
NEW MEXICO PUBLIC LANDS INFORMATION CENTER
Maps, books, information: 954-2002
Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 12:00 am
Updated: 7:37 am, Fri May 16, 2014.
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