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green West Rim Trail

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10.1 mile 16.3 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 206' 63 m
Descent: -443' -135 m
High: 6,988' 2,130 m
Low: 6,736' 2,053 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Great views of the Rio Grande Canyon, the bridge, and occasionally bighorn sheep.

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This is an easy hike along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge. It starts from the Rio Grande Gorge Rest Area off Highway 64.

Mostly it's a doubletrack that follows the gorge south never more than a few feet from the edge. Particularly in the first half mile or so, there are a number of short side trails that lead to overlooks right on the rim down into the gorge. Several of these feature views of the Gorge Bridge with Wheeler Peak and the surrounding mountains in the background.

If you progress further south along the trail, you'll leave the hordes taking pictures of the bridge and have a good chance to see some bighorn sheep. The doubletrack ends at a parking area after 9.5 miles.

West Rim trail continues as a singletrack until it reaches NM 567 and the intersection with the Petaca Point Trail. Continuing a short distance down the road towards the gorge at this point leads to an overlook with a great view of the confluence of the Rio Grande and Rio Pueblo de Taos.

Also in the area, you'll want to do the La Vista Verde Trail, which heads through a valley above the Rio Grande, terminating at another overlook on the river.

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Bighorn sheep, cacti...

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Sep 16, 2018
Julia DeVito
Went 2.6 miles and then turned around since the terrain was pretty stagnant. Still a pretty hike but bring sunscreen! 5.2mi
Sep 1, 2018
Manuela Sifuentes
Aug 7, 2018
Diana B
Easy to access from good parking with facilities. Some protruding rocks but manageable in hiking sandals. Awesome views but NO shade, hot by midday 3mi — 1h 30m
Aug 12, 2017
Mitch Herz

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