Rio Grande Gorge Trail

EASY 5 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
1 month 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
6 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday, September 07, 2014