Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
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- 63%Adventure Travelers
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- Rio Grande Gorge BridgeMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4First to ReviewSep 21, 2013
As you drive west along route 64 west of Taos, at first it just looks like an endless expanse of plains. Abruptly you see a tear in the earth. The bridge itself just looks like a beat up stretch of asphalt but about halfway across you look left or right you notice that the land falls away sharply and deep below there's a ribbon of green water.
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the fifth highest bridge in the United States. The dropoff is so dramatic that the bridge was used as the setting of Mickey and Mallory's wedding in "Natural Born Killers."
- Rio Grande Gorge BridgeMay 11, 2013
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "Gorge Bridge" and the "High Bridge" is a steel deck arch bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico, United States. At 565 feet (172 m) above the Rio Grande, it is the tenth highest bridge in the United States and 82nd highest bridge in the world.
- Rio Grande Gorge BridgeJul 05, 2012
If you don't like heights, you probably won't like this view either. Otherwise, it is a wonder of the West. About 10 miles from Taos, this route adds another scenic way to drive from Taos to Snta Fe and you could make a quick stop at the baths at Ojo Caliente. The bridge has parking at both ends, so you can drive across and get a glimpse of what a walk would reveal. The gorge is about 2000' deep and its craggy walls are also amazing. If you walk to the center of the span, it's a thrill when a big truck goes speeding by. Here you can see the snowcaps in Colorado and the distinctive Predernal Mountain (of Georgia O'Keeffe fame) Sometimes in Visitor season, there is a NM State sponsored Port-a-potty at the back of these lots but no other services for miles and miles. This is the backbone of the Desert Southwest with its mighty river. (not much more water than an Ohio creek, most of the year)