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A trail with great views of the Rio Grande gorge and the possibility to see bighorn sheep.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

6,335' 1,931 m

High

6,251' 1,905 m

Low

80' 24 m

Up

95' 29 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This is an awesome short hike in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The trail runs through a plain high above the Rio Grande River, which you'll sometimes be able to hear traveling through the gorge below, but the canyon walls still tower several hundred feet above you on either side.

There is an overlook of the confluence of the Rio Grande and Rio Pueblo de Taos rivers a few hundred feet into the trail. There is another great view up the Rio Grande Canyon at the end of the trail.

The trail starts with a couple of stairs, and then you've got a climb and a bit of a tricky descent on a narrow trail filled with two-three inch river rocks. Look for the first overlook at the crest of this climb. Then you'll drop down into a meadow of sagebrush. There were several bighorn sheep in this meadow when I was there. In the meadow, the trail becomes a narrow ribbon of hardpacked dirt.

Near the end of the trail, there is a mudflat that will be difficult to traverse if it is not super dry, unless you have four hooves. The trail runs to the side of the flats through some small boulders but the hiking is generally easy.

Enjoy the vista from the overlook at the end of the trail, and then make you way back the way you came.

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  4.4 from 11 votes

#7204

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  4.4 from 11 votes
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Trail Rankings

#95

in New Mexico

#7,204

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View from the trail
Nov 23, 2022 near Ranchos…, NM
View from the trail.
Nov 23, 2022 near Ranchos…, NM
The view of the Rio Grande Canyon from the end of la Vista Verde Trail.
Dec 7, 2017 near Ranchos…, NM
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Jun 23, 2023
Mark Parker
Oct 3, 2022
Stewart Carnes
Aug 23, 2021
Parker Smith
Gets direct sunshine that time of day. Encountered about 10 mountain goats grazing on / within 10 feet of the trail. Great view of the river.
May 19, 2021
Charles Reiger
Apr 12, 2021
Jill Shaddy-Gouvion
0h 45m
Nov 9, 2020
Nicolas DeStephano
Great and easy out-and-back trail paralleling the Rio Grande River. Flat but loved being in the walls of the gorge and closer to the river itself. 1.2mi — 1h 00m
Mar 9, 2019
Pete Vetere
1.2mi
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