Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Tours
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Spanning the Rio Grand, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is among the highest bridges in the US. The gorge is surrounded by desert cliffs and volcanic lands, and the Rio Grande winds through it for 74 miles across the state of New Mexico. Once covered in lava by from nearby erupting volcanoes, the river flowed after a rift valley was formed by a geological separation in the earth’s crust. Part of it is the first designated National Wild and Scenic River, and it is a scenic spot to take part in water activities such as kayaking and whitewater rafting.
Outside of boating and fishing, hiking and biking are also popular outdoor activities in or around the gorge. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway system, with scenic views from high above on its observation platform. In some sections it drops more than 800 feet in depth. Views from the West Rim Trail (beginning on the west side of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge) are particularly dramatic.
The two best sections for visiting the gorge are its National Wild and Scenic portion, which begins at the New Mexico/Colorado state line, and from the gorge bridge. Taos is the town nearest to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. There’s also a Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center located in Peñasco. River levels vary year-round.
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3 Tours and Activities to Experience Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Many Taos treasures are located outside of town, but you can easily see them all in one afternoon on this small-group tour. Starting from the historic Taos Plaza, visit the famously photographic St. Francis de Asis church, peer over the Rio Grande Gorge, and observe Native American traditions at the UNESCO-listed Taos Pueblo. A dedicated guide handles all the driving so you can soak up New Mexico history and high desert views the whole time.
Get a comprehensive tour of Taos' highlights with a small group on this single day tour. You'll cover the must-see attractions: the Earthship neighborhood, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos Plaza, and of course the UNESCO-listed Taos Pueblo. Traveling with a small group means you'll enjoy an intimate atmosphere and plenty of time to ask questions. If the Pueblo is closed, the group will stop at the Martinez Hacienda instead.
Take a full-day Rio Grande rafting adventure ideal for families and first-time rafters. Float through the Lower Gorge’s scenic Orilla Verde, where you’ll enjoy a delicious hot fajita lunch along the riverbanks. Experience the river’s broad canyon and rich habitat, where you can watch for wildlife like mule deer and birds of prey. Then, enjoy a thrilling encounter with whitewater during a 6-mile (9.6 kilometer) section of class 2-3 rapids.
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