Free BLM-guided Hikes in June

Provided by John Bailey, RGDN manager – June 2016

Petaca Point
Petaca Point in Rio Grande del Norte Natl Monument by Del DuBois

Saturday, June 11 – 9 am, 1½ hours
La Senda del Medio Trail, Orilla Verde ‒ An easy 2 ½ mile hike starting at the trailhead in Pilar Campground on NM 570. The trail follows a wide ledge about 200 feet above the river, offering dramatic views up and down the Gorge, led by park ranger Barry Weinstock.

Sunday, June 12 – 8:30 or 9 am, 3 hours
Pescado Trail, Wild Rivers ‒ Del Dubois , former Monument park ranger, will meet at 8:30 at the KTAO parking area, or 9 am at the Red River Fish Hatchery’s parking area near the fishing pond for this 3 ½ mile round trip hike to the Wild Rivers Visitor Center and back. Enjoy the coolness of a north facing side canyon and a grove of Ponderosa, along with great views of the lower Red River gorge.

Ute Mountain by Geraint Smith
Ute Mountain by Geraint Smith

Saturday, June 18 – 8 am, 8 hours
Ute Mountain Hike ‒ Meet at the Alta gas station in Costilla at 8 am. This is a steep hike (elevation gain 2,500 feet over 3 miles, comparable to the hike to Wheeler Peak) in a wilderness setting with no trail. Led by John Bailey, Suzie Benton and Erin Freiboth. We recommend long pants and long sleeves, along with plenty of water and a lunch to celebrate reaching the highest point in the Monument.

Sunday, June 19 – 9 am, 2 hours
La Vista Verde Trail, Orilla Verde ‒ Meet at the trailhead on NM 567, about ½ mile west of Taos Junction Bridge for this easy 2 ½ mile round trip hike with ranger Randy Roch. Impressive views from within the gorge and a compelling series of petroglyphs.

Tuesday, June 21 – 9 am, 5 hours
Petroglyph Tour, North of Cerro Chiflo ‒ Meet BLM volunteer Gary Grief (Taos Archaeological Society) for this all-day tour of petroglyphs on the west side of the Rio Grande. Meet at the KTAO parking lot at 9am. High clearance vehicles are a must, and four-wheel drive is recommended. The petroglyphs are a part of a multi-cultural complex, with one panel having markings that are aligned with the solstice. Please bring a lunch.

Saturday, June 25 – 9 am, 2 hours
The Slide Trail/Old 570, Orilla Verde ‒ Meet at the new trailhead at the end of County Road C-110 (about 3 miles past the UNM Klauer campus) for this moderate 3 mile round trip hike. Great views of the Rio Pueblo de Taos canyon, petroglyphs, geologic features, and possible wildlife sightings, led by park ranger Barry Weinstock.

Big Arsenic Springs Trail by Del DuBois
Big Arsenic Springs Trail by Del DuBois

Saturday, June 25 – 9 am, 2 hours
Big Arsenic Trail, Wild Rivers ‒ Join park ranger Tim Long at the Big Arsenic campground trail head for this 2 mile roundtrip hike into the Gorge. Along with the beautiful springs there are petroglyphs that shed light on the cultural history of the area.

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

Learn more. Visitor Center (Pilar) 575-751-4899 Taos Office 575-758-8851

Download a Visitors Guide to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, published in 2015 by MARKETAOS, in collaboration with Taos BLM.

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