Explore the most popular hiking trails in Rio Grande del Norte National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

18 days ago

Nice short and secluded hike down to the river. Great views. Dirt roads are in variable conditions. SUV or Jeep recommended to reach trailhead.

not good for kids!

I mean I think if your kids are experienced hikers and rock scramblers they may be ok. I did it last month with children ages 3-6 and the scramble down to the pools was really challenging for them. Also, this being New Mexico, fellow hikers and hot spring users may be in various stages of undress- so there is that to consider. Not necessarily a problem, but it's worth mentioning.

the drive to the hot springs was pretty tricky as well.

All this to say- it's a beautiful spot! The river gorge is a stunning place for a soak and a rock scramble.

Tha La Junta overlook trail is an easy paved loop that starts at the La Junta campground in Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. It winds through pinyon-juniper trees to amazing overlooks of the Rio Grande Gorge and its the confluence with the Red River. Drop-offs are behind barriers, making the overlooks kid-friendly. Campground and trail open year round but summer sun is intense and the only real shade is the pavilions offered in the campground and picnic sites. Bathroom available there as well.

The hot springs are amazing. Last 1/4 mile from road is not an easy trail but totally worth it. Don’t miss the cave half way.

Great hike in the gorge, kind of boring topside. But it is really a good one all around otherwise.

amazing experience and very relaxing. left pool was freezing but the right pool was really warm.

6 months ago

Super easy stroll through shrubby land, direct to the canyon valley, with snow-capped mountains as walk-by background. Wonderful payoff for such a lowkey stretch-your-limbs kinda mosey!

Now three pools. Overall excellent, not too busy, short and easy hike down from switchback, and exceptionally warm (just shy of hot tub hot). Look for cave above.

Water was pretty warm and the views were great! Any visitors PLEASE pick up your trash. It’s sad to see beer cans floating in the water.

Easy walk down to the river... not a perfect path but short and doable :)
The views, and warm water were soothing for sure!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nice short walk from the TH. Very busy that day, so we parked at the John Dunn bridge and walked up to the start of the trail. Lots of folks enjoying the hot springs today.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Really easy short trail, and absolutely gorgeous hot springs. We went 11/8/16 and the water was warm, not hot (we only stayed 40 mins), but still marvelous. Had the place to ourselves for sunrise.
Note: if you're like me and love natural places bring a trash bag! Unfortunately people leave trash and we wished we coulda picked up more

2 months ago

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