My wife and I visited Taos, New Mexico on October 1, 2015. Taos did not really seem all the exciting to us. Just northwest of town is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. It is about a 20 minute drive to the bridge. We were not sure what to expect but found this bridge more than we expected.

 

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Plaque

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Plaque

The bridge was completed in 1965 and is the seventh highest bridge in the United States at 565 feet above the river.

 

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Sign

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Sign

Rio Grande Gorge from Bridge Looking South

Rio Grande Gorge from Bridge Looking South

I do not care for heights much but I braved going out onto the bridge to get some spectacular pictures. The bridge will move a bit when traffic crosses over it. I would just hang on when a big truck was crossing. For all my fears, I survived and got some great pictures of the gorge.

 

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Vendors

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge Vendors

What would a landmark like this be without street vendors? Several people were parked on the side of the road west of the bridge setting up their wares. Many of the vendors are Indian artists.

 

Rio Grande Gorge View

Rio Grande Gorge View

The above picture shows how the river cuts through the land. The bridge is far in the distance from this viewpoint.

 

Rio Grande River Close-up

Rio Grande River Close-up

After visiting the bridge we traveled down river to get up and close. It is a beautiful river. This is near Pilar, New Mexico.

 

Rio Grande River Bend near Pilar Colorado

Rio Grande River Bend near Pilar Colorado

Just some more beautiful scenery.

 

This is truly gorgeous country. All of these pictures are from New Mexico. I would highly recommend a trip to see the bridge and the river.

For more information about the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge check out the following link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Grande_Gorge_Bridge

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Pilar, New Mexico

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