Rio Grande Gorge Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Rio Grande Gorge Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Questa, New Mexico that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1541 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

river

views

hiking
22 days ago

We had mapped this trail using the directions function in the app, so we started out on Big Arsenic. At the fork to follow La Junta and Little Arsenic, we opted to just follow Big Arsenic. It ends right down by the river with beautiful rock formations, a waterfall and refreshing cold mountain water - which was a relief because it was very hot the day we hiked (August 30, 2017). It was absolutely beautiful with stunning views along the way. That said, this hike was originally under Rio Grande Gorge hike and labeled as easy. Maybe because we hiked in and back up to the rim (7,575feet elevation descending 680 feet in only .8 miles) this was a moderately hard trail! Be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen. But soooooo worth it!!!

1 month ago

fishing
2 months ago

Decent little trail to go see the confluence of the Rio and Red. Take a filter to pick up water at the bottom! Water fountains and restrooms at the top.

Leave No Trace!

2 months ago

This is a lovely hike near Taos, or Red River, NM. Make sure to take plenty of water!!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this hike! Though I'd rate it moderate, not easy. We did a 7.0 mi loop version with 1300 ft of climbing. Beautiful mix of high desert and river views. Educational trail markers on the Big Arsenic section with facts about local plant life.

From Big Arsenic Campground take the Big Arsenic Trail switchbacks down 0.6 mi to the river. If you want to take go to Big Arsenic Springs, then go upstream and back for an extra 0.8 mi. Continue 1.2 mi downstream to Little Arsenic Springs Campground then another 1.3 mi to La Junta, the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande. Come back 0.4 mi and work your way up the La Junta Trail out of the valley on a steep 800 ft climb over 0.8 mi to the rim.

You'll pop out at Montoso Campground and you can take the Rinconada Loop Trail through the Little Arsenic Campground until you return to the Big Arsenic Campground.

walking
10 months ago

Sunday, July 17, 2016

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday, September 07, 2014