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“Excellent Place to Stop and Rest and Relax”

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
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Green Valley, Arizona
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“Excellent Place to Stop and Rest and Relax”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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La Plata, Maryland
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“Disappointing after all the hype”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

After spending a day in Taos, we arrived at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on a windy afternoon in October. Maybe our mistake was in going too late in the day at that time of year. Much of the gorge was in shadow, so it was hard to appreciate its depth. (I had thought colors would be better for photos at that time, but that wasn't so.) The tchotchke vendors were already packing up as well. The bus selling coffee was still doing a brisk business though!

TIPS: Go to the Gorge Bridge when the sun is high enough to light the gorge floor. ALSO, for superb views of the Rio Grande, go to White Rock Overlook Park, just outside Los Alamos. That spot offered more impressive vistas and more extensive views of the river. I enjoyed it more than Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

Visited October 2013
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Whitehorse, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
“good view”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

I really wanted to find this place. The views from the bridge were incredible. It's not that far of a detour if you're passing through Taos but I wouldn't rank this in the top 5 sights of our trip through Taos/Santa Fe/ABQ. There's a parking lot on the other side of the bridge (coming from Taos) with some souvenir vendors. You can walk over the bridge in 30 min and there are areas to stop and take photos. I enjoyed the pictures but if you're REALLY pressed for time (it's probably a 45 min detour including photo stops) I would skip it.

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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“So. Awesome”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Really impressive. Beautiful landscape. The views are incredible - it's just simply awe-inspiring. It is kinda freaky to be over that bridge and looking over it.
I would recommend seeing it if you're in Taos or surrounding area. Just so impressive with mountain everywhere.

Visited October 2013
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Phuket Town, Thailand
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“Well Worth a Trip”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Just 15 minutes or so outside of Taos, this is definitely something you want to do. The bridge and view are spectacular. It's amazing to see how deep the river has carved into the earth over the eons. There are great lookout points and sometimes you get to see big-horned sheep on the edges of the gorge. There is also a nice small community of jewelry sellers on one side of the bridge with beautiful items and very reasonable prices. Don't miss it while you're in Taos.

Visited October 2013
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