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“Great view, easy to get to”

White Rock Overlook Park
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Los Alamos
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Owner description: Favorite park of tourists and residents alike provides magnificent views of the Rio Grande and facilities for outdoor sports and picnicking.
New Jersey
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83 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great view, easy to get to”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Upon returning to Santa Fe from Bandelier National Monument, we saw signs for the White Rock Overlook and decided to take a short detour. So glad we did! The views of the Rio Grande River far below, and mountains and mesas in the distance, are breathtaking. The overlook is literally suspended over the edge of a cliff; you can look back to the left and see a couple of waterfalls plunging down hundreds of feet.

The approach to the overlook is quite unassuming, through a subdivision and local park with ball fields and lots of open space and trails. When you do get to the overlook parking lot, the views appear pretty much out of nowhere, enhancing the effect. Well worth the few minutes detour!

Visited November 2012
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San Jose, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful views”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is a nice lookout area overlooking the Rio Grande River. There is nothing else here...but it's well worth the short drive off the main road to take in the views.

Visited November 2012
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Canton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Overlook Park”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

if you're traveling to Bandelier, or to Los Alamos it's worth it to make a quick stop at the Overlook site. I wouldn't make a special trip there otherwisde.

Visited November 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Incredible Views of the Rio Grande River”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Right off the main road and through a neighborhood at White Rock are amazing views. I thought the were unique in their views of the RIo Grand River and the valley, plus across the river into the mountain rangers (another reviewer didn't). For the time and ease in getting there, I think it's high value.
From parking lot to the main viewing platform is accessible. There are side views that would not be.
Shuttle drivers to Bandelier will tell you how to get there or check the White Rock Visitors center - it's very easy to find.

Visited November 2012
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hardinsburg, KY
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“Don't overlook this Overlook!!”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

On the advice of the bus driver who took us out to Bandalier Park we visited Overlook Park in White Rock, New Mexico. The view was fantastic of the Rio Grande and the Jemez Mountains all in one place. There was also a small waterfall to the side of the overlook even during the dry season when we visited. There are picnic tables if you want to bring a lunch and enjoy the view while you eat. It is only a short drive from the main highway and well worth the side trip!

Visited November 2012
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