Flowing down from the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the Rio Grande River travels some 1,900 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, it passes through an 800-foot-deep chasm west of Taos, New Mexico known as the Rio Grande Gorge. This is a wild and remote region, characterized by steep cliffs and whitewater rapids. In 1968, it was one of first areas designated by Congress into the National Wild and Scenic River System.
A number of archeological sites are located within the Rio Grande Gorge. For example, ancient petroglyphs can be viewed within the portion known as Orilla Verde. There are also miles of rugged hiking trails and whitewater rafting segments of the river that can be best accessed through arrangements with local commercial outfitters for guided tours and adventures.
Information about the Rio Grande Gorge and recreational activities is available at Visitors Centers operated by the Bureau of Land Management. There is one each at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area and the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. Permitted outdoor activities in the Rio Grande Gorge include camping, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, mountain biking, boating, rock climbing, and hot air ballooning.
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