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Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, New Mexico
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Best seen from High Bridge Overlook on US 64 northwest of Taos, the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River contains campgrounds, a scenic byway, great rock art, miles of hiking on the high plateau and down in the 800 foot deep gorge. Highlights of the many recreational opportunities are fly-fishing, rafting and kayaking on the Rio itself from put in/take out spots like John Dunn Bridge, Taos Junction Bridge, Quartzite, and County Line where limited facilities exist. Depending on the run-off, you`ll get anywhere from Class II to Class V rapids in nine different segments of the river. Truly, this is New Mexico`s premier whitewater river. Top sections include the Ute Mountain Run (Class II); Upper Box (Class V), the Box (Class III-V) and Race Course (Class II-IV).

Location: West of Taos in Rio Grande Gorge extending 6 miles north of the Colorado border south to Velarde, New Mexico, a total of 86 miles.   Latitude: 36.270383   Longitude: -105.788984

Address: BLM--Taos Field Office
226 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM  87571
Phone: 575-758-8851

Season: Year Round

Fee: Yes within Wild Rivers & Orilla Verde Rec Areas

Reservations: Registration for whitewater use required
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability
 Biking  Fishing  Picnicking
 Boating (Motorized)  Hiking/Backpacking  Scenic Driving
 Boating (Non-motorized)  Horseback Riding  
 Boating (WW)  Hunting  Water Sports
 Camping    Wildlife Viewing
 Caving  Off Highway Vehicles  Winter Sports

Services and Facilities
Blue Box indicates availability  White Box indicates unavailability  An A for Accessible indicates the service or facility is accessible to people with disabilities
 Visitor Center  Group Campgnd  RV Sites
  Exhibits  Campgnd, Primitive  Electric Hookup
 Interpretive Programs  Drinking Water  Dump Station
 Cultural-Historic Sites  Restrooms  Boat Ramp
 Campgnd, Developed  Showers  Marina
 Rental Cabins

Notes: Agencies along the banks of Wild and Scenic Rivers may post local access or fire restrictions. Check by phone if you have questions. See also Orilla Verde, Wild Rivers areas. A variety of activities and facilities are available along the wild and scenic corridor
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