Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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The main route from Taos to the southern Colorado towns of Alamosa and Pagosa Springs, U.S. Route 64, is incredibly scenic, especially because it passes over the Brazos Pass in the southern part of the San Juan Mountains. Between the pass and Taos the highway passes over the gorge of the Rio Grande, and the picturesque bridge that makes the crossing is a popular stop for travelers on this road.

The bridge is a steel deck arch bridge that passes 565 feet over the river and is the seventh highest bridge in the United States. In 1966 the American Instute of Steel Constructed recognized the bridge as the "Most Beautiful Bridge" in the long span category. It is a treat to walk the bridge and view the gorge extending in both directions. The  rest area has restrooms, covered picnic tables, and usually many crafts vendors set up along the rear of the parking area offering Native American and other handmade goods for sale. This site is also the beginning of the West Rim Trail that follows the gorge for about a mile with excellent views from the rim.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Grand vistas. Impressive gorge.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Near lake or river
Geologically significant
Big vistas

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

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