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“Startling views and more”

White Rock Overlook Park
Ranked #3 of 20 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.
Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
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175 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Startling views and more”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

You will find very few in-town parks with more astonishing views than this one, located on the end of a mesa directly above thousand-foot-deep White Rock Canyon. Drive to the very end of the paved road, park, and take a very short walk out to the viewing platform. If you're more adventurous, a rather rugged trail descends from a different parking area, off a side road a few hundred yards before the overlook, into the canyon; it is spectacularly scenic, but also rather rough, and you should only undertake it if you're an experienced hiker with appropriate footwear, water, and preferably hiking poles. Nearer the entrance are the town's soccer and baseball fields, and during afternoons and evenings, there's usually something going on there. (They have a food stand, but the offerings are mediocre at best; bring your own.) The park is open until late evening and admission is free. It's easily accessible year-round, but the trail into the canyon is exposed, and is uncomfortably hot for the first half of the summer and poses lightning hazard once the monsoonal storms arrive in late July. Tread with caution.

Visited January 2013
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Bridgewater NJ USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“What a magnificient view!! Don't miss this!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

When we stopped at the Los Alamos Visitor Center, the nice man planned our day and suggested that we stop here on our way home. Tired and weary, we debated whether or not to make this extra stop! Well, did we make a good decision! It is easy to find, but as the man said " Be sure to pass the ballfields." When you get to the end of the road, walk out to the lookout and you have the most wonderful 280 degree view that includes a look at the Rio Grande, mountains in all directions, two small waterfalls to your back left as you look out. it was one of the most spectacular views of our vacation and to think we almost missed it!

Visited December 2012
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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”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful views”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 4 helpful votes
“Overlook Park”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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