Scenic USA - New Mexico

Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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Points of Interest

High Road

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Ojo Caliente Hot Spring

Santa Clara Pueblo

Classical Gas Museum

Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Taos - the City

Taos Pueblo





Rio Grande Gorge

Rio Grande Gorge - New Mexico

Photos by Ben Prepelka

      Descending westward from a mountainous region around Taos, U.S. Route 64 opens into a broad, flat plain. Covered in sparse desert vegetation, the immense valley floor spreads out for miles. If it wasn't for the sight of a bridge ahead, first time visitors would have no idea the Earth opens up into a huge chasm in the desert floor. Here, the gorge depth is 800 feet deep where the Rio Grande River follows a 30 million year old rift.
     Just to the north across the border, the Rio Grande River begins its 1900 mile journey in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Better known as a border river between Texas and Mexico (much further to the south), Rio Grande Gorge Bridge State Park this upper, not so famous, section of the Rio Grande is recognized for its soul-shaking whitewater. A frothy mixer churns up Class II to Class V whitewater. Known as the Taos Box, river runners are often warned there's no turning back once you've entered into the canyon.
     Although the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge earned plenty of recognition from the American Institute of Steel Construction, it still makes for a shaky viewing platform. Among some of the highest bridges in the United States, the 1280 foot cantilever bridge completes a major east-west highway in north-central New Mexico.

   Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Map


 

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