Built of steel in the cantilever truss style and open to traffic since 1965, the 500-foot-long Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is listed among the Historic Highway Bridges of New Mexico. It rises 650 feet above the Rio Grande River west of the Taos Regional Airport, making it the fifth highest bridge in the United States. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
The bridge passes over one of the country's most scenic river gorges. On the winding ribbon of water below, kayaks and rafts float by, having maneuvered the famous Taos Box white-water rapids just upstream. The canyon also provides a number of other recreational opportunities besides boating, including fishing, hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding.
The bridge was designed with pedestrian use. The beautiful vista of the Upper Gorge and steep cliffs can be seen from the span's High Bridge Overlook, a favorite viewing point for artists and photographers. Several movies have been filmed here, too, including "Natural Born Killers'' and "Wild Hogs.''
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is situated on a major east-west highway. To get to the bridge from Taos, head north on U.S. Route 68 and take a left at the intersection with U.S. Route 64. The bridge is seven miles west of the crossroads.