Wild Rivers Again

(nr Questa NM)
The last time I visited the Wild Rivers Recreation Area, I stayed on the Red River side. This time I chose a camp on the Río Grande gorge. Part of the Río Grande del Norte National Monument, it sets on a mesa between the two rivers.

Wild Rivers – View from Camp

There were hiking trails going down into the gorge to the river. I began the one that went from the campground descending to the Río Grande. The trail was 1 mile one way, with a 760ft elevation change; and, of course I would need to hike back up. I soon discovered it was too steep for my old legs; so I gave up and turned back.

Trail Hike I Aborted
Río Grande in the Gorge

Much of the area was closed due to trail maintenance after washouts from the recent monsoons, resurfacing access and campsite pads in the campgrounds, and repaving of the main roadway. Only two of the five campgrounds were accessible.

Río Grande from Another Spot in Camp
Cliffs and the Río

So, activities were very limited. However, I did stop at a few overlooks and trailheads to photograph the gorge. The scenery and cliffs were dramatic, so I enjoyed exploring despite it being rather brief.

Camp: Wild Rivers NRA-Little Arsenic CG (BLM)
Scene: Gorge, cliffs, river

Also see: Wild Rivers

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4 Responses to Wild Rivers Again

  1. John September 16, 2021 at 8:20 pm #

    We live in Taos and we are hiking out here all the time! So wonderful to have you visiting and glad you enjoyed your trip!


    • Pleinguy September 16, 2021 at 8:24 pm #

      Thanks John. I was there about seven years ago, and thought it was a good time for another visit. Glad I went again

  2. OFM September 17, 2021 at 5:54 am #

    Thanks for the report. I figure my legs will not handle a lot of that territory anymore too. Be safe and have fun.

    • Pleinguy September 17, 2021 at 9:14 am #

      Yeah, getting old has its disadvantages. However, an area like that still has appeal for the dramatic landscape.

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