Just a short 10 mile drive from Taos along a scenic section of highway with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the northwest, lies the 1272 foot Rio Grande Gorge Bridge high above the Rio Grande River. The view from the bridge can only be described as breath-taking. The surrounding cliffs rise to over 600 feet above the water. I highly recommend taking the time to take a stroll. There is parking at both ends of the bridge and a huge rest area on the west side. In addition to walking over the bridge, the rest area also has plenty of paved sidewalks to walk along above the river. Vendors are selling jewelry, souvenirs, and in the busy season a vendor sells food from an old bus parked along the highway. The rest area has picnicking. I stop here a couple of times a year and each season has its own beauty. In the busy season the area is really crowded, but in the slower times of the year, few people are in the area and the park is almost deserted. Clean restrooms with running water are an extra reason for stopping. There is no charge to visit.