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West Rim Trail

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10.1 mile 16.3 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 206' 63 m
Descent: -443' -135 m
High: 6,988' 2,130 m
Low: 6,736' 2,053 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Great views of the Rio Grande Canyon, the bridge, and occasionally bighorn sheep.

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This is an easy run along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge. It starts from the Rio Grande Gorge Rest Area off Highway 64.

Mostly it's a doubletrack that follows the gorge south never more than a few feet from the edge. Particularly in the first half mile or so, there are a number of short side trails that lead to overlooks right on the rim down into the gorge. Several of these feature views of the Gorge Bridge with Wheeler Peak and the surrounding mountains in the background.

If you progress further south along the trail, you'll leave the hordes taking pictures of the bridge and have a good chance to see some bighorn sheep. The doubletrack ends at a parking area after 9.5 miles.

West Rim trail continues as a singletrack until it reaches NM 567 and the intersection with the Petaca Point Trail. Continuing a short distance down the road towards the gorge at this point leads to an overlook with a great view of the confluence of the Rio Grande and Rio Pueblo de Taos.

Also in the area, you'll want to do the La Vista Verde Trail, which heads through a valley above the Rio Grande, terminating at another overlook on the river.

Flora & Fauna

Bighorn sheep, cacti...

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May 1, 2019
Ryan Hartwig

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Photos

Bighorn Sheep on the rim of the Rio Grande Canyon
Dec 2, 2017 near Arroyo…, NM
The HWY 64 bridge over the Rio Grande from West Rim trail
Dec 2, 2017 near Arroyo…, NM
Rio Grande Gorge near Taos, NM.
Dec 27, 2017 near Arroyo…, NM
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
Dec 27, 2017 near Arroyo…, NM
Big horn sheep!
Dec 27, 2017 near Ranchos…, NM
Overlooking the gorge from the West Rim Trail.
Dec 27, 2017 near Taos, NM

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