Straight Down

rio grande gorge rapid

US Route 64 winds its way from the Outer Banks, NC to the western terminus near Teec Nos Pos in northeast Arizona. Highway 64 crosses the Rio Grande Gorge over the 600 foot high bridge west of Taos New Mexico. Looking straight down from this “steel deck arch bridge”, the seventh highest in the United States, the Rio Grande creates this hour glass rapid making for a fun river run during the spring snow melt.

Rio Grande Colorado

Rio Grande Colorado. Crossing the Lobatos Bridge looking downstream, the Rio Grande starts to wind it’s way through the beginnings of the low rocky canyon walls. It’s a wonderful feeling to stand on the bridge with the water moving relaxed and unhurried below when I get to ponder how many people have crossed the river at this point and who they were. And … before the bridge, did this point serve as a crossing point for pioneer wagons and prior to that the Spanish Conquistadors?

Rio Grande Colorado