Free BLM-guided Hikes in May
Explore the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument with an expert
Saturday, May 14– 6:30am to noon
International Migratory Bird Day
Join the celebration at the Rio Grande Gorge Visitor Center in Pilar, on NM 68 just south of the intersection with NM 570.
6:30am – early birding walk with Ryan Besser
9:00am—late morning bird walk, also with Ryan
Both will start at the Visitor Center, last about 2 hours, with a focus on bird identification and bird behavior.
11:00 am—live raptor presentation at the Visitor Center
Children’s activities will be available throughout the morning.
Saturday, May 21 – 9:00am, 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 2½ mile round trip hike with ranger Barry Weinstock. Impressive views from within the gorge and a compelling series of petroglyphs.
Saturday, May 28– 9:00am, 2 hours
Big Arsenic Trail, Wild Rivers
Meet at the trailhead at Big Arsenic campground for this moderate 2 mile roundtrip hike into the Gorge. One of two rangers will also continue on the
River Trail and come up on Little Arsenic Trail—this version will be about 3 miles roundtrip and take 3 to 3½ hours. The geologic history of the gorge, some petroglyphs that shed light on the cultural history of the area, and the reasons why this is a Monument will be discussed.
Sunday, May 29 – 9:00am, 2 hours
Picuris Trail/Slide Trail Loop, Orilla Verde
Meet at the Picuris trailhead at Taos Junction Bridge on NM 570 for this moderate two mile round trip hike. The Taos Junction Bridge area has a
rich cultural history, and these trails give great views of the Lower Gorge. Led by park ranger Randy Roch.
Please bring a snack, hat, sunscreen, water and sturdy footwear
Visitor Center (Pilar) 575-751-4899
Taos Office 575-758-8851