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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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My husband and I recently visited the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. We enjoyed the incredible views... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2018
Claudia R
Norman, Oklahoma
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Wild Rivers Visitor Center

We went from Red River through Questa around to the Wild Rivers Visitor Center. The volunteer was... read more

Reviewed August 31, 2018
Laura N
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Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I recently visited the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. We enjoyed the incredible views all along the several overlooks but especially of the Rio Grande and Red River convergence at La Junta overlook. We also hiked into the canyon at the Big Arsenic...More

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Reviewed August 31, 2018

We went from Red River through Questa around to the Wild Rivers Visitor Center. The volunteer was very helpful. She gave us directions down to the John Dunn bridge which leads to the little beach area by the Rio Grande.Take 522 from Questa down to...More

2  Thank Laura N
Reviewed August 19, 2018

240,000 acres of beauty. This is a favorite spot for shudder bug enthusiast. The rancher station adds a lot to your experience

1  Thank Dudley H
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Gorgeous, rugged scenery in a very interesting confluence of 3 rivers. Birding, hiking, and photography options are excellent.

Thank Emie S
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Hiking into the canyon is not for the average person. Trails are difficult, descent into the canyon is not bad - but if you are not prepared and in good physical fitness condition the ascent can be brutal. High elevation makes for breathtaking views, but...More

2  Thank Robin W
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Locals in Taos recommended this place. I made a special trip to do so, driving 40 miles north just to spend the day. It was well worth it. The entrance road is west of Questa, 22 miles north of Taos on the Enchanted Circle, but...More

2  Thank conniegum
Reviewed July 24, 2018

Beautiful views in all directions at several stops along the road travelling through the Wild Rivers National Monument. People who are speeding through should slow down and enjoy the trip.

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Reviewed July 2, 2018

Many campsites have amazing views of the gorge. First come first serve. No reservations. BLM does a fantastic job of upkeep. So impressed, we will be back.

Thank Canucke
Reviewed June 28, 2018

This is a "middle of nowhere place" in a desert environment. The visitor center is only open limited hours and days. Views of the Rio Grande canyon are visible from many locations. We did not hike the day we visited, but enjoyed the overlooks.

1  Thank OKWanderer
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Would be a nice little fishing area. Not much in the way of facilities but a pleasant drive to the fish hatchery

Thank Dan G
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September 25, 2018|
Response from Dee H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Sorry for not seeing your question sooner. Wild Rivers is about 20 minutes from the nearest small town of Questa. The area isn't known as a local party spot so if you take normal precautions (locking vehicle, hiding... More
Michael T
August 9, 2017|
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
April B
August 28, 2015|
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