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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Very scenic hike

Hiked down the Rinconada trail and then down Little Arsenic trail to the bottom of the Gorge and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Beautiful views

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hiked down the Rinconada trail and then down Little Arsenic trail to the bottom of the Gorge and then back out the Big Arsenic trial. Moderate difficulty. Scenery was well worth the effort.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank stevegY3175SG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to go for a hike or an easy mountain bike ride in the area. The centerpiece is the rather dramatic Rio Grande Gorge, which is a must see if visiting the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank montanapescado
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

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Claudia R
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

Date of experience: August 2018
3  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

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  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

Date of experience: May 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
4  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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank KDB0224
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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Canucke
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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