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Rio Grande Gorge

US 64, 10 miles west of Taos, NM
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Ranked #21 of 56 Attractions in Taos County
Type: Bridges, Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Canoeing, White-water rafting
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Owner description: This 800-foot-deep gorge in northern New Mexico offers exciting whitewater rafting, hiking trails around the rim and observation platforms with spectacular views of the winding river below.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you are visiting Taos, this is a must see. The Rio Grande is amazing. The venders selling wares have great deals on handmade goods.

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Callao, Virginia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
27 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

When you get to the visitor center on Rt. 68, stop in for a local road map of the area. Instead of continuing on Rt. 68 to Taos, take Rt. 570 off to the left of the visitor center. Cross the Rio river to Rt. 115, which winds up the west side of the gorge to the top of the... More

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Carbondale, Illinois, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Just reviewing pix we took on our visit to this wonderful place. The confluence of the Red and Rio Grande Rivers is well worth the effort. Cost is minimal, the several trails are well marked and have good signage about difficulty/length and elevation change, which is, by the way, REALLY significant. Trekking poles are advisable, but the switchback trails down... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Matt, Sean, Wendy and crew are fabulous guides and this trip is a blast. We got to see a smathering of wildlife including otter and plenty of bighorn sheep (over 20 at last count). The whitewater was awesome and truly a great adventure. Definitely make the box canyon trip part of your adventure when coming through. Many thanks for such... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

It's pretty cool place to visit. Every year we come here to take pictures and buy from vendors along the side selling their merchandise.

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Austin, Tx
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Our corporate ladiies' trip to Santa Fe started with an afternoon float down the Rio Grande. Sean was our guide and he was excellent and keeping up upright and moving through the gorge. We had a blast and appreciated the water and snacks at the end. It was also nice to rest our paddling arms with a cool swim towards... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I went to the Rio Grande Gorge to watch the release of turkey vultures and a golden eagle. This was on the end of road 110 right before you get into Taos. It is beautiful there. Rough and rugged beauty. The thing I wondered about it is littered with gun shells and someone put trash over the edge of the... More

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Palos Heights, Illinois
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171 reviews 171 reviews
79 attraction reviews
244 helpful votes 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We were heading north on highway 68 from Santa Fe to ski in Taos when, on our right, a huge gash opened up in the desert plateau. It turned out that this was the famous Rio Grande running in a gorge into the mesa or Taos plateau. We made a point of visiting it on the way back after skiing... More

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Citrus Heights, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a must when traveling to the Taos area. Once out of town all you see is open land until all of a sudden this gorge opens up before you. Near Taos the Rio Grande River is just a flat lazy, drifting waterway. But then there is the gorge, beautiful, rugged and deep. Go across the bridge to the... More

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Frisco, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Did the Double Racecourse and had a blast!!!! First round was in the raft with the whole family (2 adults and three kids). Joe was our guide and absolutely terrific. For the afternoon, we went on the Funyaks and EVERYONE had a blast - including my wife who really isn't the outdoor type. It had started to rain on us... More

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