Photograph the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

New Mexico Rio Grande Gorge Rest Area

Added by Jason Hatfield

Explore one of the highest bridges in United States rising over 565 feet above the Rio Grande River.

Completed in 1965, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the seventh highest bridge in the United States. The design is a steel deck arch bridge than spans 1280 feet and sits 565 feet high. The bridge has sidewalks and viewpoints of the gorge on each side with parking at the Rio Grande Gorge Rest Area providing the best access. To photograph the bridge and gorge take the trail south of the rest area a short ways to one of the viewpoints along the rim.

Just outside the rest area you'll typically find vendors selling native american arts and goods. If you're lucky you might also see some of the bighorn sheep that live along the gorge.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide-angle Lens & Telephoto Lens
  • Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Hiking Shoes
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Chillin, Photography

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Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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How to Get There

about 2 months ago

Beautiful Views

If your in the are it's definitely worth checking out. A short walk on the bridge provides stunning views of the gorge.

about 2 months ago

Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at

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