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Wild Rivers Recreation Area

Wild Rivers Recreation Area Review

Although it's only a few miles west of Questa as the crow flies, you have to drive about 15 mi north of Questa via NM 522 to NM 378 to reach Wild Rivers Recreation Area—now part of the newly established Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. You'll find great hiking here at the dramatic confluence of two national wild and scenic rivers, the Rio Grande and Red River. There are some fairly easy and flat trails along the gorge's rim, including a ½-mi interpretive loop from the visitor center out to La Junta Point, which offers a nice view of the river. But the compelling reason to visit is a chance to hike down into the gorge and study the rivers up close, which entails hiking one of a couple of well-marked but steep trails down into the gorge, a descent of about 650 feet. It's not an especially strenuous trek, but many visitors come without sufficient water and stamina, have an easy time descending into the gorge, and then find it difficult to make it back up. There are also about 30 basic campsites, some along the rim and others along the river.

Updated: 12-04-2013

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