The Rio Grande begins its 1900-mile journey in the Colorado Rockies and passes through 800-foot gorges in northern New Mexico before emptying out in the Gulf of Mexico. It's the gorge in New Mexico that is the focus of this page.
In several areas that I traveled, the gorge could be seen snaking its way through the massive Taos Plateau volcanic field. Unlike most rivers, the Rio Grande did not form the gorge. The gorge is a result of a land rift that occurred millions of years ago. The river simply followed the gorge's path.
There are several great places to view the gorge up close and personal. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is located on Highway 64 west of Taos.
Highway 68, the Low Road between Sante Fe and Taos, parallels the Rio Grande River through the gorge.
And on Highway 285 is the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument where great views can be had as well as hiking trails.
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