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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

#14 of 98 things to do in Taos Features Animals
Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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A hidden treasure.

The views are endless. The trails are varied - as easy or as difficult as you want. Periodic... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2016
Dawn P
Nice hiking

Out of the way a bit, but lots of hiking. Did not get to finish the Little Arsenic trail as there... read more

Reviewed August 5, 2016
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Reviewed August 27, 2016

The views are endless. The trails are varied - as easy or as difficult as you want. Periodic activities are offered. Beautiful.

1  Thank Dawn P
Reviewed August 5, 2016

Out of the way a bit, but lots of hiking. Did not get to finish the Little Arsenic trail as there were storms in the area and didn't want to get caught.the trail I a marked moderate, but quite steep with lots of switchbacks.

Thank weloveroadtrips
Reviewed August 4, 2016

The best view is from the far south end of the loop where the confluence of Rio Grande and Red River can be seen. The canyons are impressive and we recorded several different bird species on the drive in. We didn't try any, but the...More

1  Thank gourmetvinotraveler
Reviewed August 2, 2016

Up by Taos, the bridge offers wonderful views. But best of all is the area known as Wild Rivers, where the Rio Grande meets Red River. It's 23 miles north on 522, then a bit farther as you turn west and drive through Cerro. BLM...More

1  Thank Carolyn70
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

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

1  Thank mark b
Reviewed June 22, 2016

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......More

2  Thank NewMexicoJill
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...More

2  Thank Cara M
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...More

1  Thank Janet F
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)...More

2  Thank Lissa H
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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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
Jeff C
January 17, 2015|
Response from astrofan987retail |
Campsites are fairly primitive -- pit toilets and water available. They sites are reasonably spaced and private.