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Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway

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This day trip/weekender descends down a 1000 ft gorge over roughly 2 miles to the confluence to the Rio Grande and the Red River. Beautiful!
  • Looking Back
  • A view of the confluence
  • Fly Fishing!!


At first, we were a little discouraged with the scenery through the park to our parking.  We moved to the far south end of the park, to the La Juanta area.  The trail begins with a leisurely few hundred yards of well developed trail that quickly becomes tight and steep.  Don't worry, it's a trail but my buddy who happens to fear heights was a little uncomfortable through some areas.  Numerous switchbacks and some unstable ground make stopping along the way a good idea.  It will give you an opportunity to snap some shots of two beautiful rivers converging.

We went in March, which made the nights a little cold (20-30 degrees F), but gave us a great view of snow covered mountains near Taos.  After about a 1.5 miles, the trail flattens out and its time to explore.  We hiked to the tip of the trail south and fished.

The fishing is normally good but make sure you check local conditions before you go.  Record snow fall this last winter provided rushing levels of snow melt making the fishing a little difficult!  Trails are well marked and there are miles of trails to explore to the north.  We went over spring break and only saw two other people so it was nice and relaxing.

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