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Río Grande del Norte National Monument July 2015 Hikes

Sunday, July 5 – 10 am 1 hour

GEOLOGY OF THE RIO GRANDE RIFT VALLEY, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Rest Area – Meet at the West Rim Trail head

located on the south side of the Rest Area. A short hike along the West Rim Trail for views of the Bridge and some key

geological features, led by BLM geologist/ranger Daniel Rael.

Sunday, July 5 – 9 am 4 hours

PETACA POINT TRAIL, Orilla Verde – Meet at the trailhead near the intersection of NM 567 and the West Rim Road for this easy 21⁄2 mile round trip hike along the west rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. Panoramic views of the Gorge and several distinctive archaeological sites are the highlights of this walk.


Saturday, July 11 – 9 am 2 hours

LA VISTA VERDE TRAIL, Orilla Verde – Meet at the trailhead on NM 567, about 1⁄2 mile west of Taos Junction Bridge for this easy 21⁄2 mile round trip hike with ranger Barry Weinstock. You’ll see impressive views from within the gorge and a compelling series of petroglyphs which have been the focus of some recent research that we will share with you.

Saturday, July 11 – 9 am 3 hours

BIG ARSENIC SPRINGS TRAIL, Wild Rivers – Meet at the trailhead along the Wild Rivers Back Country Byway for this moderate 2-mile roundtrip hike to springs near the Rio Grande, and beautiful petroglyphs nearby. Led by park ranger/geologist Daniel Rael.

Tuesday, July 14 – 7 pm 1 hour

GEOLOGY OF THE RIO GRANDE del NORTE ‒ Part of the SMU- in Taos Colloquium Series at Fort Burgwin’s Dining Hall. Dr.

Tony Benson will talk about how geology created the superb scenery of this area.

Saturday, July 18 – PechaKucha at Wild Rivers

Celebrate UNESCO’s 2015 Year of Light, northern New Mexico Style, with ‘Luz es Vida,’ an evening of all that light can mean: RINCONADA TRAIL HIKE, Wild Rivers 4:30 pm, 2 hours Meet at the Wild Rivers Visitor Center for this easy 21⁄2 mile hike that explores the meaning of ‘light is life’ along the Rinconada Trail to the Chawalauna Overlook. The hike will feature a geologist, archaeologist, and wildlife biologist exploring how light affects life in the Rio Grande del Norte.

PECHAKUCHA-Wild Rivers Amphitheater 8:30 pm, 11⁄2 hours 20 slides X 20 seconds each, with nine storytellers giving a unique take on the theme of light. Tickets are limited, and are $10 each—reserve them at the TCA box office, 758- 2052. More information at http://questa-nm.com/luz-es-
vida/ or www.leapsite.org. The Amphitheater is behind the Wild Rivers Visitor Center.

Sunday, July 19 – 8 am 2 hours

SLIDE TRAIL/OLD 570, Taos Valley Overlook – Meet at the Cascabel Trailhead at the end of C-110 (past the UNM Klauer campus) for this moderate 2 mile round trip hike in the Rio Pueblo de Taos gorge. Led by park ranger Robert Fernandez, with a focus on geology and history.

Friday, July 24 – 6:30 am 2 hours

BIRDING BASICS, Orilla Verde – Meet at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in Pilar for this combination of driving and easy walking in Orilla Verde to learn how to identify birds by sight and sound. Led by Roberta Salazar and Suzie Benton of Rivers and Birds

Saturday, July 25 – 8 am 3 hours

GUADALUPE MOUNTAIN TRAIL, Wild Rivers – Meet at the trailhead (turnoff is one mile south of Chiflo Trail-follow the

signs). This is a moderately difficult 4-mile roundtrip hike led by park ranger Daniel Rael. The peak is covered by a ponderosa/fir forest, with panoramic views of most of the Monument and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Saturday, July 25 – 9 am 2 hours

MINERS’ TRAIL, Taos Plateau – Meet on the west side of John Dunn Bridge (west of Arroyo Hondo); we will carpool to the trailhead. A moderately difficult hike from the west rim down to the river led by park ranger Barry Weinstock.

Sunday, July 26 – 8 am 7 hours

CERRO de la OLLA, Taos Plateau – Meet at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge rest area; we’ll carpool to the trailhead on the south side of la Olla to begin the 4-mile moderately difficult hike to the top of the volcano. Park ranger Del DuBois will talk about geology and the human history of the Plateau. Make sure to pack a lunch.

Please bring a snack, hat, sunscreen, water and sturdy footwear!

www.blm.gov/nm/riograndedelnorte Visitor Center (Pilar) 575-751-4899 Taos Office 575-758-8851