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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

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Address: Rio Grande Gorge, Cerro, NM, Taos, NM

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Nice place. Three bedrooms, on the river. Quiet, full kitchen with utensils. Two baths. Red River is a nice little town, much better than Angel Fire. Friendly local folks. Store... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Sam B
Woodway, Texas
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Woodway, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place. Three bedrooms, on the river. Quiet, full kitchen with utensils. Two baths. Red River is a nice little town, much better than Angel Fire. Friendly local folks. Store in town and lots of shops.

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Southern NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 325 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Three years ago, we did the Arsenic Springs Trail, which I previously reviewed. This year, as part of a day's drive, we were back at Wild Rivers Recreation area for some great views of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers. Although there is a trail with considerable elevation, this time we just stayed at the top and took lots of... More 

Thank GreenUnicorn
Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both the hikes and the views will take your breath away. You can just go for a hike or take your fishing gear with you, great fishing in the Rio Grande, there is also delicious wild fresh Watercress to collect and enjoy at home.

Thank jagabrot2000
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Did this with snow on the ground and roads clear. It was breathtaking to see the Rio Grande gorge from this perspective. Worth doing.

Thank grazia2626
Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

A beautiful but very physically challenging hike (despite being labeled "moderate") down from the rim of the gorge down to the Red River tributary. There is a cold spring at the bottom feeding the river. The trail drops 800 feet in less than a mile, which makes the trek back up quite challenging. There is snow on parts of the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The drive from Taos on the Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway is great. We then got out & hiked the La Junta Trail down to where the Red & Rio Grande rivers merge. The hike is only 1.2 miles each way, but has a steep 800 ft elevation change. You get great views the entire hike and there are a few... More 

1 Thank BrussoDallas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We took a hike into the gorge and it was spectacular. The trail was steep but well maintained with stone walls, steel and wood stairways and handrails where needed. The trail goes all the way down to the floor of the gorge where two rivers come together. It is much harder going up the trail so be sure you are... More 

Thank Steve S
Cedar Hill, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

After hiking down the Big Arsenic trail to Rio Grande below, when I reached the river, I sat on a Basal rock on the bank and let the experience soak in. It was a joy to the senses just to be there.

Thank stevieweavie2013
Denver, Colorado
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We hiked the Big Arsenic Springs Trail down to the Rio Grande. An 800 foot drop into an amazing Gorge. The trail was well maintained and highlighted by many markers giving information about the Gorge, the plants, trees and rocks. Requires stamina to get down and back to the top. Bring plenty of water.

Thank Kerry F
Placitas, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We had visited Ojo Caliente and were driving to Taos. Rather than take what appeared to be a longer route, we took a dirt/gravel Forest Service road down into the Rio Grande gorge and across an old steel bridge. The road on the east side of the river is paved. Much to our surprise, there are several small campgrounds operated... More 

Thank Michael C

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