Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Yesterday we visited the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Another beautiful, and interesting, area of New Mexico.

“Comprised of rugged, wide open plains at an average elevation of 7,000 feet, dotted by volcanic cones, and cut by steep canyons with rivers tucked away in their depths.

The Rio Grande carves an 800 foot deep gorge through layers of volcanic basalt flows and ash.

The monument is an important area for wintering animals, and provides a corridor by which wildlife move between the two mountain ranges.”

There are many areas during the drive where you can pull over, get out, and overlook large sections of the monument. At his particular spot you can see where the Rio Grande and the Red River connect. I was surprised to see how low the water level is due to low snow and rainfall.

The park offers lots of dry camping (no hook-ups) for $7.00 a night, and there are many hiking trails throughout the park. As much as we love hiking, I’m finding it difficult at the 7,000 feet, and above, altitudes. We have been here two weeks now, and I still haven’t adjusted to the altitudes. I haven’t gotten altitude sickness like being nauseated, but I just feel winded, and like I can’t get a deep breath. I’m drinking a lot more water, and trying to go a little slower with the activities. Hopefully, I will adjust soon.

It was a beautiful day, and a lovely drive, and yet another opportunity for us to get out, and explore this beautiful area of New Mexico.

Stay Tuned!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    May 14, 2018 @ 13:05:09

    Glad your seeing a lot of beautiful country. When you’re up high you’re body has to adjust, my son Eric said when he’s out in Colorado high up it takes about 3 weeks for him on rugged mountain tops when he goes.
    Just be safe and have fun … love you❤️😘


    • beyondcinderella
      May 15, 2018 @ 13:20:48

      Thanks Aunt Ellen. I’m holding on to good thoughts that I will adjust soon because it makes it difficult to go hiking in some of the higher areas we want to hike. Love and hugs to all.


  2. gotham girl
    May 14, 2018 @ 23:21:46

    I get it…I have the same issues in San Miguel visiting Suzan. I usually start acclimating about the time I leave! Beautiful country! Love you!


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