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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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Amazing canyon hiking along river

Dont recommend going solo since pretty remote. Took one of the Arsenic trails down to the river... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful wilderness area

I want to call attention to one specific spot, that is the Taos Box Canyon because it has some of... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Dudley H
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dont recommend going solo since pretty remote. Took one of the Arsenic trails down to the river and followed it where merged. Little did I know I was going to have to climb up a wall to get out....lol Then I had a 45 minute...More

Thank kQuarts
Reviewed 3 November 2017

I want to call attention to one specific spot, that is the Taos Box Canyon because it has some of the best white water rafting. Rapids are graded from a two to a five. Only the best should try this run at its peak which...More

Thank Dudley H
Reviewed 2 November 2017

There was almost nobody there. Maybe three cars in the entire park! We pulled off the road at every turnout. Couldn't hike because of the weather, but the views were beautiful. Would love to go back, spend a few days, and do a number of...More

Thank MileHighJacket
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

The drive here from Taos is a bit longer than it looks on the map. You first need to drive north through Questa & the west/south back into the park. However there are signs to let you know how to drive there. Bring $3 exact...More

Thank Erin B
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Visited here for the first time and the rangers at the visitor center were friendly and helpful. They had just finished a star party the night before and were packing up the telescopes and said that they were planning another one next fall, probably in...More

1  Thank txnat
Reviewed 13 October 2017

The confluence of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers makes a spectacular setting. Went for a hike, there is a good amount of elevation change +/-800 ft. Saw big horn sheep and tons of birds and few people, it was a really nice place to...More

Thank johndentonca
Reviewed 23 August 2017

I last wrote a review in 2013 that details what to expect when visiting, camping, or hiking at Wild Rivers. Managed by the Dept. of Interior/BLM, it is now part of the larger Rio Grande del Norte National Monument designated by Pres. Obama. It is...More

Thank mwcw
Reviewed 8 July 2017

If you go to the overlook there are many hikes to take and all of them are great. Most go down to the Rio Grande River and then you can walk along the river to another trail back to the mesa.

2  Thank CivicDuty4U
Reviewed 7 July 2017

This area is actually part of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument - managed by the Bureau of Land Management. I thought the National Monument and this Recreation area were different, but are actually one in the same. For good information on this area...More

1  Thank diaq
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Orilla Verde Recreation Area is on NM Rt. 570, 9 miles SW of Taos (as the crow flies), right at the bottom of the Gorge. Rt. 570 is paved, but keep an eye out for boulders. Beautiful place for fishing or launching kayaks/rafts. When the...More

Thank Passwest
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Michael T
9 August 2017|
Response from ljhinz | Reviewed this property |
It should be safe for your dog. I saw a couple of dogs on leashes hiking. If you take any of the trails down to the river, I would just be aware that there is poison oak and ivy, which would effect you more than your pup... More
April B
28 August 2015|
Response from astrofan987retail |
You don't actually "check-in". You find and empty site, occupy it, then put money in the local pay station. Campers are supposed to leave their sites on the departure day by 2 PM, so if all sites are full when you get... More
Jeff C
18 January 2015|
Response from astrofan987retail |
Campsites are fairly primitive -- pit toilets and water available. They sites are reasonably spaced and private.