Monday, June 19, 2017

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument: 27 Monuments Stop #1

Photo: BLM New Mexico
May 27, 2011

National Monuments in Danger

Last spring, I did step foot in New Mexico for the first time, but I was about 135 miles away, quickly visiting the Four Corners Monument and Shiprock before swinging north to Colorado and Mesa Verde National Park.  I was on a pretty big Anasazi kick on that trip, and honestly I would have been more likely to have visited Chaco Culture National Historic Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument, and since I was also trying to his as many National Park Service parks as possible because of the centennial, El Malpais National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve probably would have been where I spent my time, if had had a few more days on the trip and could have lingered longer in northwestern New Mexico.

So, this is not a monument that I've visited but was the first stop for Brent Rose on his 27 Monuments project, so his boot on the ground can, hopefully, substitute somewhat for my own.  

The monument was proclaimed on March 25, 2013 by President Barack Obama and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The monument was created to preserve the dramatic landscape of the Taos Plateau volcanic field and the Rio Grand Gorge that cuts through it.

BLM: Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Map (as of June 2017) - PDF

To comment on the monument review process (due July 10, 2017):


27 Monuments:




National Monuments in Danger:

Rio Grande del Norte

27 Monuments






National Monuments in Danger

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