Explore the most popular 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.

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Great trail to go fish the Rio Grande!

Great views worthy the trip to see !!! Get there early to beat the heat . No shade but again worth it

hiking
24 days ago

This little natural hot spring is gorgeous. I think the main pool is washed out, but the side one still remains. There were several other people there finishing out tourist season so we’ll probably try to go back once it’s a little less populated. The area around the hot springs is really pretty to explore with lots of other options for semi-private swimming holes if you don’t mind a cold swim. The hot springs were ~100 degrees when we were there.

Short but sweet! Very steep so you feel it in the way back up. Ends at the river, we went in the end of June and the flows were high so there wasn’t necessarily a “spring” enclosed, but we hopped in the river instead. Gorgeous views at the bottom, make sure you have water because that sun gets intense on the straight away.

hiking
1 month ago

Stumbled upon this trailhead by chance- I was looking for a place to pull off on the road to take photos of the scenery and I saw a brown “hiking on the right’ sign so I pulled over- there is an overgrown grate that you drive over and come to a small parking lot. There is a detailed trail map at the trailhead off the parking lot where 5 or so trails start from. The Trader’s Trail is a straight shot down to view the gorge. Several other trails cross it on the way down but it is well marked. Saw some mountain bikers and several other hiking groups with children (aged 6-12). There is a bench at the end of the trail to rest, I opted to scramble down the rocks a short way for a better view of the canyon below.

Trail was hot in August. Our dogs were tuckered out.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

I'd love to follow this to Big Arsenic at some point...

It's a little steep on the decline with some rocks that are looser, but it was a fun hike. There was no shade in the evening around 7pm.

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no shade
2 months ago

Great trail. Early morning run was terrific. No bugs, not too hot, and amazing views. There is a rocky patch on the trail about 1/2 mile in that only lasts for a 1/4 mile. After that the trail is fantastic.

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bugs
no shade
3 months ago

a good trail, we only went a little ways though. definitely no shade, views are gorgeous!

This is a beautiful hike!

Lovely, level trail with spectacular views. Nice trail head. Very clean facilities. The total trail is 9 miles. Keep a track of your outbound distance and time so you don’t go further than you mean to. We walked about 2.5 miles each way which was perfect. No shade so pick morning or day with some cloud cover and not much wind.

Hot springs were pretty wiped out because the river was really rushing- I’m assuming because we got a decent amount of snow this winter and it’s melting. And looked like a rockslide might have come though-someone was there when I arrived and said this. I will definitely try again in the summer/fall if I can make it back.

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no shade
4 months ago

Great early morning hike. If you go to the end of Traders there is a lovely bench with morning shade and a great view of the Junction Bridge.

Great trail with spectacular views. Not fun during afternoon wind season.

We originally wanted to do La Junta Trail but it was closed. We ended up doing this trail and hiking to point of La Junta trail where the rivers meet! Beautiful views. Leave early. Take lots of water, little to no shade.

Easy, spectacular views of Rio Grande gorge and bridge.

Pretty straightforward hike with amazing views. Walked beside a couple bighorn sheep for half of it. Pretty cool experience.

Beautiful, somewhat rocky getting down and back up, and the road getting there was treacherous at parts. But totally worth it, with amazing springs right at the river. The sun goes away later in the day so definitely get there earlier if you can. Also there was a rattlesnake in the big well so stick to the springs that are easy to get into!

hiking
9 months ago

Great flat short hike! This is in no way a moderate route. It is easy and I would be confident taking anyone on this trail. I could see in the summer that this trail would be very hot as there is no shade. But it was perfect for the 50 degree day. It was muddy and a lot of people are trying to stay out of the mud causing the trail to widen. Please stay on trail wear some boots and just scrape them off later.

hiking
10 months ago

I would echo the comment about “no kids”. Rocky entrance to the springs and very slippery. Additionally, Birthday suits were worn by many. The views of the river are breathtaking. My dog had a great time climbing and splashing. Relaxed in the hot springs with my boyfriend for about an hour. Wonderful experience. The pools are warm enough to be comfortable, but not too hot to make you sweat. We were sore from hiking Lobo Peak the day before. Great way to end our vacation.

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