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Quick Facts
Designation: State Scenic Backway
Length, One-Way: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers)
Time: 1 hour, including stops at overlooks.

General Information

Description - This Back Country Scenic Byway follows the Rio Grande Gorge. The Sangro De Cristo mountains to the east and volcanic mountains to the west add beautiful variety to the countryside. The Gorge plunges 800 feet at its deepest point and gapes up to a mile across at its widest point. Trails lead down into the Gorge where the adventurous can explore. One can also stay topside and explore nature's wonders there.

Attractions - The Wild Rivers Back Country Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : How to get to the byway:

  • From Taos travel north on NM 68 (Paseo del Pueblo Norte) to the beginning of NM 522 and drive north for 20 miles to the village of Questa. Continue north on 522 for an additional 3 miles and make a left turn onto NM 378, following signs for Wild Rivers Recreation Area. You will drive through the community of Cerro; the Byway begins at the west end of town.
  • If you are coming from Red River, travel west on NM 38 to Questa, turn right (north) onto NM 522, and follow directions above.
  • If you are coming in from Colorado, continue south from the State Line for 18 miles and turn left onto NM 378.

  • Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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    Filed By: Victor Ortega (albuquerque, nm)
    Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
    Recommend to a Friend: Highly
    Report: In the last couple of years I have hikes and fished all the trails. The area is beautiful beyond imagination. I suggest for limited encounters to try the bear crossing trail. This trail is not well kept but the payoff is the shear natural beauty and not many are brave enough to go down. La junta is the nicest overlook in the area and you can camp and eat on top. You surely need to pack water and food for the nearly 3 mile hike down here. The hike is amazing and you can hang out in 2 differnt rivers. The Red River flows down to meet up with the Rio Grande. La Junta mean to gather. One thing I always come away with when I visit the area is a deep respect for nature. I belive the area heals the soul and humbles you. We are a small fish in a big beautiful canyon. Good Hiking!!!!

    Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
    Recommend to a Friend: Highly

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    Additional Information:
    New Mexico Scenic Byways - New Mexico boasts numerous scenic byways and historic trails, six of which are national level byways. Billy the Kid Trail, El Camino Real, Historic Route 66, Jemez Mountain Trail, Santa Fe Trail and Turquoise Trail are all National Scenic Byways in New Mexico.

    Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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