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.