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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

Rio Grande Gorge, Taos, NM
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Ranked #1 of 40 Attractions in Taos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Dallas, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

Very beautiful views with hiking trails going down into the gorge. Worth the drive from Taos. Use caution if you are from a low altitude- attempting a strenuous hike at this high altitude can be hard if you aren't used to it. Coming back up out of the gorge almost got the better of me.

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife and I did the Big Arsenic Spring trail to the confluence of the Red and Rio Grand Rivers out and back. This was a great hike. Lots of wildflowers by the river. Taking some of the lower trails by the river gives some great photo ops. The confluence was a little disappointing (thought it would be bigger) but... More

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Russellville, Arkansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This park sits where the Red River and Rio Grande Rivers intersect. The two gorges are interesting landscapes to observe. There are several hiking and biking trails in the area that give you different views of these gorges and the surrounding mountains. Beautiful !!

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Tulsa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We hiked the Big Arsenic trail with out 7 year old. It was approximately 1 mile with an 800 foot elevation change. The path was well kept and at the bottom there were nice springs feeding into the River. We walked an extra 1/4 mile and found some petroglyphs. These were very well preserved and easy to find. The bottom... More

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Buda, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Incredible views of the Rio Grande Gorge and Red River rift! All the hiking trails are well marked and over great views. Camped here on the Big Arsenic Campground. Staff and volunteers incredible friendly, helpful and just great people! Will definitely return!

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Jemez Springs, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The views, vistas, hikes, camping sites and fishing are all outstanding, first class. I hiked for hours and only saw 2 other hikers.

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Taos, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a wonderful place for camping and there are hikes of varying difficulty. In NM water is precious and you can get to the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Red River here. Not to crowded.

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Boulder, CO
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Beautiful hike about 45 minutes north of Taos, abundant wildflowers at the confluence of Rio Grande and Red Rivers.

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okc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Amazing views, solitude, great hiking into the gorges.... the best camping experience close to Taos in my opinion.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My niece and I hiked the La Junta trail--at 800 vertical feet, the steepest in the park. The climb was challenging, but exhilarating once completed. Rockslides make footing on the initial descent somewhat difficult, but switchbacks along the trail make it manageable for climbers in reasonably good condition. The trail takes you to the banks of two rivers that converge.... More

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