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“Desolate Countryside with amazing canyon views and hikes”

Wild Rivers Recreation Area
Ranked #1 of 79 things to do in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

This is a "middle of nowhere place" in a desert environment. The visitor center is only open limited hours and days. Views of the Rio Grande canyon are visible from many locations. We did not hike the day we visited, but enjoyed the overlooks.

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

Would be a nice little fishing area. Not much in the way of facilities but a pleasant drive to the fish hatchery

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Want to visit a beautiful, scenic area without the crowds you'd find at a national park? This is the place. You're on a high plataeu above the Rio Grande Gorge with plenty of camping, hiking, rafting, & biking options. The remoteness of the area allows for amazing night skies so camping out is highly recommended.The campgrounds at Wild Rivers are first come, first served so try to arrive early in the day to secure your site. A favortie hike of ours is the Arsenic Springs trail to the river and petroglyph viewing - try it!

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Hiked the Little Arsenic trial to the river. Totally private and took a dip. Refreshing water and the feel of the earth embracing you. Perfection; until the hike out. It is a very difficult up the canyon. Take lots of water.

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Reviewed 23 June 2018

The Wild Rivers area of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument is a scenic wilderness. I hiked down from the canyon rim to the river on the Big Arsenic Springs Trail and continued to the petroglyphs and the springs at the end of the trail. Then I headed back along the river towards Little Arsenic Springs and made a 5-mile or so loop by going up the Little Arsenic Springs Trail to the canyon rim and on the connector trail on top back to the Big Arsenic parking area. I wish the available maps did a better job of showing the trail junctions and distances. In the early morning I didn't see anyone else on the trail. The rising sun lit up the canyon. There was a cool breeze, the scent of pine, and the sound of rushing water, and it was very pleasant. There are some great backpacking campsites along the river that would be fun to camp at sometime. The beautiful surroundings and peaceful atmosphere made this hike one of my favorite experiences in New Mexico.

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