Rio Grande del Norte National Monument October 2015 Hikes

Saturday, October 3 – 9 am 4 hours


Restoration work by the Forest Service has improved trout habitat in the Red River on Forest Service and National Monument lands near Questa. The lake (on NM 38) is adjacent to a section of this, and has also been re- made as part of the Chevron Mine cleanup. A celebra- tion from 9am-1pm will include a chance for families to put their mark on the new Angler park by helping to plant trees, and finish the final laying of trails. Food, fun, music, and environmental education in a beautiful new park.

Saturday, October 10 – 9 am 7 hours

UTE MOUNTAIN HIKE – Meet at the Alta gas station in Costilla at 9 am. This is a steep hike (elevation gain is 2,500 feet over 3 miles) in a wilderness-quality setting with no trail. The hike will be led by BLM staff, who highly recommend long pants and long sleeves, along with plenty of water. Please bring a lunch for a feast at the highest point in the Monument.

Sunday, October 11 – 9 am 2 hours

PETACA POINT TRAIL, Orilla Verde – Meet at the trailhead on NM 567, near the intersection with the West Rim Road. An easy 21⁄2 mile round trip hike with ranger Randy Roch will provide some panoramic views of the Lower Gorge and insight into the Native American use of this landscape.

Saturday, October 17 – 9 am 2 hours


Meet at the Picuris trailhead just south of the Taos Junction Bridge on NM 570 for this moderate 2 mile roundtrip hike. Led by park ranger Barry Weinstock, who’ll talk about local history and the geological story behind the impressive scenery of the Rio Grande and Rio Pueblo gorges.

Saturday, October 17 – 8 to 10 am

COFFEE WITH THE RANGERS, Questa Visitor Center –

Join a BLM and Forest Service park ranger at the visitor center, a short distance east of the Questa stop light on NM 38. Get updates on both agencies’ plans for next year, and suggestions for good places to hike or tour within 30 minutes of Questa. Cowboy coffee will be served from 8 to 10 am.

Sunday, October 25 – 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 Kim Henkel. You’ll see impressive views from within the gorge and a compelling series of petroglyphs which have been the focus of recent research that we will share with you.

Saturday, October 31- 9 am 4 hours

MINER’S TRAIL, Taos Plateau – Meet on the west side of John Dunn Bridge (located east of Arroyo Hondo); we will carpool to the trailhead on the west side of the Rio Grande. This moderately difficult hike to the river will be led by park rangers Barry Weinstock and Del DuBois, who will discuss geology, cultural history, and mining.