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The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, with views of the Latir Peaks (courtesy BLM NM State Office)
Gear up to visit New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Planning a spring vacation, a weekend or a day trip near Taos, NM? Make sure your plans include plenty of time to explore the expansive Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, which includes the Rio Grande Gorge, with its spectacular confluence of rivers; high desert and towering peaks. Shop our great selection of maps and guidebooks for more information on fishing and rafting the Rio Grande, visiting the different areas of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, and exploring other natural attractions near Taos.
If you are exploring the Wild Rivers Recreation Area, you can't go wrong with the Taos-Wild Rivers map, which is made from a synthetic, water- and tear-resistant material. If you're planning on spending time along the Rio Grande, The Rio Grande - A River Guide is a must-have, with mile-by-mile maps.
If you're headed towards the mountains on the east side of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, you'll want the Taos, Wheeler & Latir Peaks Trail Map but if you're going to explore the west side, you'll need the Chama surface management map and the Taos surface management map. These BLM maps show roads, trails, waterways and developed features, as well as who manages which lands.
You can also shop our selection of hats and t-shirts to show your support for preserving this national treasure for future generations. Our heavy cotton t-shirts are comfortable and sturdy, and the hats will protect and shade you even on the sunniest New Mexico days!
About New Mexico
American Frontiers Team in Lake Valley
Elk near Socorro
Welcome to the New Mexico Public Lands Information Center
From scrubby deserts in the south to the tall ponderosa forests of the northern mountains, New Mexico offers a rich variety of scenery and a multitude of recreational activities. Along with these natural riches, the Land of Enchantment is famous as a cultural crossroads where ancient Indian pueblos and centuries-old Hispanic villages exist side by side with space-age technology centers.
More than 45% of New Mexico is in public ownership. You can explore our state's public lands on this website or at the New Mexico Public Lands Information Center, 301 Dinosaur Trail, Santa Fe, NM, 87508. We are open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mountain Time.
Either on the website or at the Public Lands Information Center, you'll discover detailed information about recreational opportunities for more than 300 public land sites throughout New Mexico. You can also purchase books, maps, and other educational items to make your virtual or real visit truly rewarding.
To begin your journey, click on Recreation Search to your left. To speak with us in person please call 505-954-2002 or toll-free at 877-276-9404. You can always e-mail our staff with questions by clicking on COMMENTS at the bottom of this page. We try to respond to questions within 24 hours.
For information on lodging, museums, tribal lands, and commercial attractions or services, contact the New Mexico Department of Tourism. For hunting and fishing proclamations, visit the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website.