In this stretch, the river emerges from the stunning Rio Grande Gorge, part of a classic rift valley. The bridge is a popular spot for rafters to start and begin trips on the river. The Rio Pueblo de Taos begins near Taos in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and flows about 33 miles before reaching the Rio Grande.
In 2013, President Barack Obama used the Antiquities Act to create the 242,555-acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, which includes the Rio Grande Gorge and other public lands in Taos County. The monument, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, includes a portion of the Rio Grande that has been protected as a Wild and Scenic River.
|Date||June 29, 2023|
|Location||Taos Junction Bridge, New Mexico (map)|
|Credit||Mitch Tobin/The Water Desk|
|Rights||Free to reuse under Creative Commons license.|
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