The Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, located within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, includes 74 miles of the river as it passes through the 800-foot deep Rio Grande Gorge. Flowing out of the snowcapped Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the river journeys 1,900 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Here the river flows in a rugged and scenic part of northern New Mexico. The river was made a part of the National Wild and Scenic River System in 1968; among the first eight rivers Congress designated as Wild and Scenic.
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "Gorge Bridge" or "High Bridge Overlook" is a steel deck arch bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos, New Mexico. At 565 feet (172 m) above the Rio Grande River, it is the seventh highest bridge in the United States and 82nd highest bridge in the world.