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Camp at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Questa, New Mexico

based on 3 reviews



2.4 miles

Elevation Gain

800 ft

Route Type



Added by Jason Hatfield

A new and rugged national monument composed of high mountain plains, volcanic cones, and wild rivers.

Created in 2013 from partly existing public lands, The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument encompasses a large amount of land along the Rio Grande River from the Colorado border to south of Taos. Far from any major city, you'll likely enjoy trails to yourself in the morning and few other visitors in the off-season. One of the main activities offered on the monument is white water rafting, but it's also open to backpacking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, and hunting with certain restrictions.

The best area to visit and get an overview of the park is the river gorges surrounding the Wild Rivers Visitors Center. The Sheep Crossing Overlook provides one of the most photographic views in the monument and is along the road to the visitor center. There are numerous primitive and basic campgrounds within the park, visit the park website and select the interactive map to see them all.

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Camp at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Reviews

If you come here during the off season you will have the isolation you are looking for. There was one other tent set up and we never saw the group. Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise and view of the gorge. We saw several Bighorn Sheep in the area, they walked right through our campsite the second night we were there. There are several campsites in this area of NM, but the gorge gives you a phenomenal view and there are a couple of great trails in the area. And it's dog friendly!!

It is definitely worth it to get away from your car and head down the gorge to be closer to the river. This is a great spot and if you find yourself there when its later in autumn, you will have the spot all to yourself.

I spent a weekend here in early summer of last year and loved it. The car accessible campsites are along the lip of the gorge. There are also walk-in campsites at the bottom of the gorge along the river. There are several trails both at the top and the bottom and the views from the top can be quite breath taking. One of my favorite trips last year and a great place to spend a weekend!

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