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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Address: Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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Remote and beautiful

Hike down into the canyon where the rivers meet. Watch for rattlesnakes. Must be in shape to do this hike.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hike down into the canyon where the rivers meet. Watch for rattlesnakes. Must be in shape to do this hike.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved it, but it would be different for different skills/interests. Steep walk up and down the canyon, so hike early and take lots of water. Alternatively, it's a nice drive, and this would be a wonderful place for a peaceful retreat with wilderness camping... or take bikes and cruise along the rim. Just don't expect services.

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Clyde, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Wild Rivers offers exceptional hiking, beautiful vistas, and peace & quiet along the trail. It was most definitely worth the drive from Taos to spend the day here. We enjoyed a great hike down to the Red River. It's a lot less crowded compared to some of the popular trails in Taos/Taos Ski Valley. The campgrounds are also clean and... More 

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

We were in the area, and decided to see what this was. The visitor center was not open, but their restrooms were. We drove out on a point to see the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande. It was awesome. There is a nice hiking trail there that we will come back and do. Nice, clean campgrounds.... More 

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

A long, beautiful drive up past the Gorge Bridge. The views of the river from above were stupendous. We were there driving around there for about 1 1/2 hours checking it out. The visitor's center was closed (this was on a Thursday, out of season) but still beautiful. The landscape is pinon pine/juniper and everything was lush. There is camping... More 

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Deming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

I'm reluctant to tell people about this wonderful place, as too many visitors will spoil it! The scenery was wonderful! There are many hiking trails. And, the campgrounds were clean and quiet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Been there many times but it is always wonderful and each time we see something new. It's a National Recreation so our National Park Pass works. If you can't get to the Grand Canyon, this gives a pretty special view of the Rio Grande Gorge. There is one lookout where the Rio Grande and the Red River merge. The Visitor's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

We made it! I have a 6yr old and a 8yr old. We took the Little Arsenic trail down to the Rio Grande and walked the river trail over to the Big Arsenic trail to ascend back to the top of the gorge. It was beautiful and the girls loved it. I would not advise going up the little arsenic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Wild Rivers Recreation Area is located in north central New Mexico within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Two rivers that run through the park, the Rio Grande and Red River are National Wild and Scenic Rivers. NM 378 that traverses the recreation area is designated a New Mexico Scenic Byway. Recreational opportunities include whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, fishing... More 

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Went here when leaving from Taos on the way up to Sand Dunes National Park. Went to one of the walks which allowed you to walk down to the river side. The views are good of the gorge and river. A little out of the way but not many people were there which is nice not to be really crowded.... More 

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