Rio Grande Gorge Trail is a 6 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,309 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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no shade
10 months ago

Very nice walk with beautiful views of gorge. Keep to trails that bear left (on the way out). Main trail turns to dirt road.

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Thu May 31 2018

This was a great trail and hike for our family of 5! Even our 3 year old was able to complete part of Big Arsenic and all of Little Arsenic Trail! Weather was great at 71 F and the gorge was an amazing sight! Recommend this trail to all!

Thu Oct 26 2017

Very quite, mostly flat trail along the top of the Rio grande gorge.

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Thu Aug 31 2017

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!!!

fishing
Sat Jul 22 2017

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!

Sat Jul 22 2017

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

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Thu Apr 20 2017

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.

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