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Rio Grande Gorge Rim Trail, NM

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,990 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 300 feet
Avg Time One Way 1-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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20  2009-05-12 imike
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Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Sun  5:19am - 6:56pm
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Fun in the Sun...
by imike

This one is just great for the mountain bike rider or longer distance trail runner looking to clock some mileage without the need for over the top efforts. Get up early, ideally before sunrise... or go out there late in the day to enjoy a nice sunset, and the miles might just fly by. It is also an ideal hike for some unique canyon sightseeing. That is one deep gorge, and the trail is never very far away from the edge. There is even the occasional bench to sit down on to reflect on the vastness of it all.

Sitting there you may get to observe the rafters or kayakers drifting along far down in the bottom... or wonder about the impressive span bridge (I think the second highest in the USA?)... or if you're out early, see the crazy hot air balloons drifting over then down into the canyon below the rim! I thought they were in trouble then later read in some of their brochures that they offer that bit of excitement and drama as part of their normal ballooning experience. Wow.

The trail itself is single or double track winding through the scrub, rarely even knee-high... the entire valley expanse is open to view in addition to the deep view over the edge. This is one of those pick your distance kind of trails. Go out as far as you want, turn around and come back. If you do drift out over 3 miles you may encounter the single tree... it stands out in contrast. The trail can be taken over to Pilar, connecting across the Canyon... setting up a potential car shuttle if desired.

Because of the exposed nature of the trail, it is definitely an early morning or later in the day type of trip. You are at 7,000' and the air is cooler, but the sun will rule on this trail. There is a nice restroom at the trailhead.

It is worth the drive out from Taos to add these trail hours to your trip along this Rio Grand National Wild and Scenic River corridor.

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2009-05-12 imike

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Taos, take Hiway 64 west until you reach the big bridge. Cross the bridge and pull into the roadside park are your left.
    page created by imike on May 12 2009 12:01 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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