El Prado, New Mexico

Top Spots in and near El Prado

  • Taos, New Mexico

    Drive the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

    Start the drive at the Taos Plaza in downtown Taos. You can drive the whole loop and enjoy the beautiful scenery and small villages along the way. In the spring, there may still be snowfall, making the drive even more beautiful.
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  • U.S. Highway 64, New Mexico

    Devisadero Peak

    5.48 mi / 1375 ft gain
    The Basics: 8,304 foot Devisadero Peak, which literally translates to "lookout," does not actually provide a great view from its treed summit. However, this lollipop loop hike has many vantage points over the Taos Valley as it snakes up and around this foothill mountain.  To get to the trailhea...
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  • 25 ABC Mesa road, New Mexico

    Hotel Luna Mystica & Starlight Campground

    5.0
    Located just Northwest of Taos, New Mexico you can find Hotel Luna Mystica. This is a one of a kind "hotel" site, which is just a site where you can rent out old but renovated trailers to stay in. Have you ever wanted to get a taste of the RV/Trailer life? this is the perfect place to do so. Loca...
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  • Arroyo Seco, New Mexico

    Camp at Cuchillo del Medio

    Drive towards the Taos ski area, passing through Arroyo Seco on NM-150 North. Four miles up this road, the Cuchillo del Medio campsites will be on the southeast side of the road. There are two sections of campsites, with side-by-side entrances. (Note: the southern section is currently closed due ...
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  • El Prado, New Mexico

    Photograph the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

    4.6
    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 p...
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  • El Prado, New Mexico

    Hike the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Trail

    6 mi
    Drive 12 miles west of Taos, New Mexico on US Hwy 64, and you'll drive directly onto the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge that spans 1,280 feet. There's a rest area to the west of the bridge with a parking lot, sitting area, and if you're lucky like we were, a converted sky blue bus selling homemade desse...
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  • El Prado, New Mexico

    Manby Hot Springs

    2.3
    1.5 mi / 300 ft gain
    NOTE: The Hot Springs are on private property and are no longer accessible to the public.  The Basics: Hot springs abound in the Taos area. From the all-inclusive (and expensive) Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort to free, primitive hot springs like this one or neighboring Black Rock Hot Spr...
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  • 5 Reyna Road, New Mexico

    Relax in Black Rock Hot Springs

    0.3 mi / 68 ft gain
    At the last switchback on Country Road B-007, is where the trailhead is located. if you've gone to the lowest point possible within the canyon, right next to the river, you have gone too far and need to turn around to the last switchback. it is an easy .3 Mile trail with a 68 foot elevation drop/...
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  • Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

    Climb Mount Wheeler

    4.7
    6.2 mi / 3083 ft gain
    Mount Wheeler is the highest peak in New Mexico at 13,161 feet and is considered the 8th highest state peak. The hike begins just over 10,000 feet near the Bavarian Restaurant. Drive past the Taos Ski Resort and follow the signs for the restaurant until the road ends. The 6.2 mile trek begins a...
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  • Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

    Hike to Williams Lake and Wheeler Peak

    5.0
    This hike is conveniently located at Taos Ski Valley and offers two primary options: a fun 4-mile round trip hike to beautiful Williams Lake, or a 7-mile round trip hike all the way to the Wheeler Peak. You can’t go wrong with either option, but if you’re up for it, bagging Wheeler Peak is defini...
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  • La Senda de Medio Trailhead, New Mexico

    Hike La Senda de Medio Trail

    5 mi
    If you find yourself in Taos for the weekend, the La Senda del Medio trail is a perfect hike to add to your adventure. About 20 minutes south of town and located in Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, this trail follows the Rio Grande for 2.5 miles and connects 5 different campgrounds. The tr...
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  • Red River, New Mexico

    Hike Colombine Trail

    8.5 mi / 1935 ft gain
    This moderate trail is accessed from the Columbine campground on Highway 38. It will be on your right side when traveling east from Questa. Drive to the back end of the campground, where there are several spaces for parking. The moderate version of this hike will travel about 4 miles south into t...
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  • Questa, New Mexico

    Camp at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

    4.3
    2.4 mi / 800 ft gain
    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 visit...
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  • Taos County, New Mexico

    Ski Red River Ski Area

    The resort itself, sits right in town, with 6 lifts. Two of the lifts come down to the river and access various parts of the town, it’s a place that makes you remember what skiing used to be like.  The mountain has roughly 170 acres of skiable terrain, and appeals to those of all abilities. The u...
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  • Red River, New Mexico

    Sledding in Red River

    If you’re looking for an alternative winter activity to indulge your need for gravity sports, you may take the time to rent a sled from Sitzmark’s for $5 and head over to the library to take your chance at reviving your childhood spirit! Heading to the library at the east end of town, you can fin...
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  • Red River, New Mexico

    Hike the Red River Nature Trail

    2 mi
    The Red River Nature Trail starts right in town next to the Platinum Lift off Pioneer Road. The trail travels 2 miles to Goose Lake Road. The hike itself can be taken as a two or four mile hike, depending on weather you access it point to point or out and back. We started the trail behind the vis...
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Camping and Lodging in El Prado

Amole Canyon Group Shelter
Vadito, New Mexico

Amole Canyon Group Shelter

Columbine Campground (Nm)
Red River, New Mexico

Columbine Campground (Nm)

Elephant Rock Campground
Red River, New Mexico

Elephant Rock Campground

Agua Piedra Campground
Vadito, New Mexico

Agua Piedra Campground

Fawn Lakes Campground
Questa, New Mexico

Fawn Lakes Campground

Santa Barbara Campground
Vadito, New Mexico

Santa Barbara Campground

Guides, Insights and Stories from El Prado

Four Days in Angel Fire, New Mexico

Four Days in Angel Fire, New Mexico

Braden Wallis

Summer Adventures at Red River Ski & Summer Area

Summer Adventures at Red River Ski & Summer Area

The Outbound Collective

3 Summer Activities in the Mountain Haven of Red River, New Mexico

3 Summer Activities in the Mountain Haven of Red River, New Mexico

The Outbound Collective

72 Hours of Enchantment in Red River, New Mexico

72 Hours of Enchantment in Red River, New Mexico

Holly Mandarich