Río Guadalupe Canyon

(Cañon NM)
The Río Guadalupe flowed down between the Sierra Nacimiento and the Jémez Mountains through a deep canyon with rugged cliffs. It was often difficult to see the river because of the deep gorge. High mesas surrounded the canyon area.

Río Guadalupe Canyon

Río Guadalupe Canyon – Virgin Mesa

Pullouts along the narrow road provided photo opportunities. Tall, jagged cliffs arose from the river up to the higher mesas. It made for some fantastic views. Had to pay attention because it was up hill on one side of the road, and a drop off on the other.

Río Guadalupe Canyon

Majestic Mesas

Río Guadalupe Canyon

Colorful Rock Formations

Río Guadalupe Canyon

Huge Redrock Cliffs

Near the Gilman Tunnels were a few small waterfalls or cascades. The river splashing over rocks is always a pleasure to see. I visited in the Fall, but suspect that Springtime would have provided more flowing water.

Río Guadalupe Canyon

Deep Canyon Walls around River

Río Guadalupe Canyon

Rocky River Bank & Cascade

Río Guadalupe Canyon

Small Waterfall

This was a fairly short drive, and rewarded me with some wonderful rocks and water scenes. So glad I decided to make the effort, even though going with an RV was not recommended.

Río Guadalupe Canyon

Rushing through the Gap

Just one more shot before returning to camp. Gotta love it!

Camp: Santa Fe NF-Vista Linda CG drycamp
Scene: River, waterfalls, cliffs

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6 Responses to Río Guadalupe Canyon

  1. Bradford Harris February 24, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Beautiful pictures Pleinguy. I was curious about “nacimiento” because I know that in Spanish it means “birth”… A quick check showed that it also means “source [of a river]”…. Looks like it was very scenic. How warm has it been there?

    • Pleinguy February 24, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

      My visit to the canyon was in September. I’m way behind on my posts. However, in February in southern New Mexico it is mid 50s to low 60s for highs, and mid 20s to low 30s for lows. Still considered winter for another month. But, in the Jémez Mountains it would be way colder.

  2. Barney Ward February 24, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

    Another great place to visit. I envy you.

    • Pleinguy February 24, 2018 at 10:27 pm #

      It was a pretty place. Glad to hear you are rolling again. Hope you too have some interesting travels.

  3. Martha February 26, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

    The rock formations are so majestic! Beautiful photos.

    • Pleinguy February 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

      Yes, they were. Thanks.

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