The Beautiful Bridge Hike In New Mexico That Will Completely Mesmerize You
Spectacular hikes are seemingly infinite across New Mexico, and the diversity of terrain and landscapes makes every area a memorable and exciting experience. But if you are looking for a view that is absolutely incredulous, there is no better adventure than this beautiful bridge hike. Here’s why you need to don your hiking shoes and head out to northern New Mexico:
The incredible Rio Grande Gorge Bridge spans 1,280 feet and is the second highest bridge in the U.S. Highway System.
Motorists simply need to head west on U.S. Highway 64 out of Taos along the flatlands to find this beautiful sight.
The impressive bridge, located just 17 minutes out of Taos, seemingly floats above a 650-foot gorge.
Visitors can stop and park at the rest area located on the west side of the bridge. Pedestrians are welcome to walk across the bridge and marvel at the jaw-dropping views.
Zia Sun details on the bridge's side guard add to the New Mexican experience.
The simple, yet elegant, symbol appears on the state flag of New Mexico as well. While driving across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is breathtaking, a walk across it is nothing short of incredible.
The parking lot rest stop provides direct access to a 6-mile trail out and back along the ridge line.
Bighorn sheep are commonly spotted on the crumbling rocks below.
The trail is rated easy to moderate, but it can be slippery or tricky to navigate in some spots with its rocky terrain.
The trail affords memorable looks around the cliff lines and views of the river below. You'll want to be sure to bring your camera for these unbeatable views.
Adventurers looking for more thrills can take the harder La Junta Trail adjoining the bridge trail.
La Junta trail is a 6.4 mile moderate adventure for those who think 6 miles isn't enough. Many people take this trail to head to the river and enjoy the day fishing.
Have you hiked the bridge trail or other ones nearby this spectacular gorge area, located in north-central New Mexico? If so, which areas are your favorite and why? We’d love to hear your impressions of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge as well.
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