"The Rio Grande Gorge" New Mexico Off The Beaten Path Tip by traveldave

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Running from the northwest to the southeast, the Rio Grande Gorge is located west of Taos in northern New Mexico. At its deepest point, the gorge is 800 feet (244 meters) deep. The Rio Grande Gorge was formed millions of years ago as the Taos Plateau was forced upward by geologic forces, while at the same time the eroding waters of the river carved the gorge out of the uplifting rock. The uplift also caused volcanic activity in the area, and nowadays there are many hotsprings within the gorge that are the result of that volcanic activity.

The Rio Grande Gorge offers numerous outdoor activities, such as world-class whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, camping, and rock climbing. There are also many fine examples of petroglyphs made hundreds of years ago by the American Indians that lived in the area.

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  • Updated Dec 8, 2010
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