Rio Grande Del Norte June 2014 Events & Hikes

Saturday,May 31 9am The Slide Trail/ Old 570

Meet at the trailhead just past Taos Junction Bridge on old NM 570 for this easy two mile round trip hike. Won- derful views of the Rio Pueblo canyon, petroglyphs, geol- ogy in action.

Thursday, June 5 9am Las Vistas de Questa Trail

Meet at the trailhead parking lot off Don Martinez Road in Questa at 9 am. This is a moderately difficult 3.7 mile round trip hike.

Saturday, June 7 9am La Vista Verde Trail

Meet at the trailhead on NM 567, just above and west of Taos Junction Bridge for this easy 2 .5 mile round trip hike. Sensational views, petroglyphs and more on our most popular trail.

Wednesday, June 11 8:30 am Archaeology Hike

Join BLM archaeologist Merrill Dicks for a hike to the top of Cerro de la Olla. Meet at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge rest area –from there we will drive out to the base of Cerro de la Olla and hike to the summit. This is a strenu- ous, all day trip so bring lunch and snacks, rain jacket, boots, water, sunscreen. Emphasis will be on learning about the prehistoric and historic cultural landscapes that are relevant to the Monument. Plan on 8 hours.

Friday, June 13 8 am Bird Walk

Meet at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in Pilar for this two hour easy walk to identify the birds of Orilla Verde. Led by Ryan Besser, BLM biologist.

Saturday,June 14 9am Picuris / SlideTrail

Meet at the end of County Road C-110 (past UNM Klauer campus) for this moderate 3 mile hike. Spectacular views, history, and archaeology.

Saturday, June 14 8am Ute Mountain Hike

Meet at the Alta gas station in Costilla at 8 am. This is a steep hike in a proposed wiilderness area, with no trail. The hike will be led by John Olivas (NM Wilderness Alli- ance) and BLM geologist Daniel Rael. This is a difficult 6-mile round trip hike. Long pants and long sleeve shirts recommended.

Saturday, June 21 9am La Senda del Medio Trail

Meet at the trailhead in Orilla Verde’s Pilar Campground on NM 570 for this easy 2.5 mile round trip hike in the lower gorge. Beautiful views of the area on one of our newest trails.

Saturday, June 21 Noon Geology of the Northern Rio Grande Valley

Meet at Wild River’s Visitor Center for a geology talk, fol- lowed by a hike down La Junta Trail. Your hosts will be geologists from three agencies—Andrew Valdez with Great Sand Dunes National Park, Cal Ruleman with the US Geological Survey, and Daniel Rael with BLM. The hike is on a steep trail, 3 miles round trip.

Saturday, June 28 9am Petaca Point Trail

Meet at the trailhead on NM 567, on the west rim above Taos Junction Bridge, for this easy 2.5 mile round trip hike. Panoramic views and intriguing archaeology.

Saturday, June 28 8am Guadalupe Mtn. Trail

This moderately difficult 4-mile hike will start at the Gua- dalupe Mountain Trailhead in Wild Rivers, led by BLM park ranger/geologist Daniel Rael.

Science for Kids @ County Line Sundays at 1pm June 1, 8, 15 and 22

For kids 6 to 12; join park ranger Suzie Benton for a hands-on exploration of our natural world. Be pre- pared to get wet and dirty! Sign up by calling the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center at 575-751-4899.

Bring a snack, hat, sunscreen, water and sturdy footwear.

Click here for more info Taos Field Office: 5757588851 

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