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Into the Gorge: Where the Red Meets the Rio Grande

02 Jun

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

At the confluence of the Red (left) and Rio Grande (right) Rivers At the confluence of the Red (left) and Rio Grande (right) Rivers

On my way from Hermit Peak to the Rio Grande Gorge, I got crunched between the Land Rover and the Teardrop. Ouch. After a few days taking it easy on the long, flat roads that crisscross the east rim of the Gorge, I was ready to plunge headlong into that deep, dark river canyon.

The confluence from the La Junta Point overlook The confluence of the Red and Rio Grande from the La Junta Point overlook

The Rio Grande River runs at the bottom of a 800 foot deep geologic rift that cuts down through the layers of black basalt that underlie north-central New Mexico. On the surface, the high desert is a sagebrush sea, cross hatched by dusty roads and antelope paths. But switchback down one of the steep footpaths that drop into the gorge and you’ll find a surprising green riverine paradise.

Big Ponderosas along the Rio Grande Big Ponderosas…

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