Add the Rio Grande del Norte, your newest national monument, to your Summer Bucket List.
There are numerous activities to experience at the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in northern New Mexico, making it an ideal place to visit during the summer months. Whether you have a day or a longer period of time, there is so much to explore at the monument.
Whitewater rafting, hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and camping are some of the activities visitors can experience at the monument. One of the best ways to get familiar with the monument is to start at one of the BLM visitor centers; the Rio Grande Visitor Center located at the southern end of the monument near the town of Pilar at the intersection of NM 570 and NM 68 or the seasonal visitor center at Wild Rivers. The Wild Rivers Recreation Area at the monument includes campgrounds, scenic viewpoints, and hiking trails. The Orilla Verde Recreation Area has campgrounds at the river’s edge and boat launches. There are beautiful views and trails for hiking and mountain biking at the Taos Valley overlook.
The 242,500 acres of public land managed by the BLM New Mexico was established as the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument earlier this year, on March 25, and is New Mexico’s newest and largest national monument. The monument’s landscape is made up of rugged, wide open plains, dotted by volcanic cones, and cut by steep canyons and rivers. There are also petroglyphs and prehistoric dwellings at the monument, as well as a wide variety of wild life and plant life.
For dates and times of guided hikes offered in July at the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument visit: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/nm/programs/blm_special_areas/national_monuments/rio_grande_del_norte.Par.65779.File.dat/RGdN%20Hikes%20July%202013%20letter%20size.pdf
Visit the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument for more information: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/national_monuments/rio_grande_del_norte.html
By: Emilee Cantrell