Class II Rio Grande , NM

Orilla Verde (Taos Junction Bridge to Quartzite Recreation Site)

Two developed recreation areas are located along the river—Wild Rivers on the north and Orilla Verde in the south. In addition to these scenic recreation areas, visitors can enjoy a spectacular vista of the gorge from the Rio Grande Bridge (aka High Bridge) where Highway 64 crosses the river. Recreation opportunities include biking, camping, fishing, hiking/backpacking, picnicking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and whitewater boating. The rapids in the Box offer the best whitewater opportunities in New Mexico, through one of the most scenic sections of the Río Grande Gorge. (BLM)

Section Details

Trip Length 6.0 Miles
Notes Respect Quiet Zone. No stopping/fishing on islands
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Permit No
Manager Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office
Wild & Scenic Yes
Water Trail No
Partner Information
Description American Whitewater