Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Bridge in Taos

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Constructed in 1965, this vertigo-inducing steel bridge carries Hwy 64 across the Rio Grande about 12 miles northwest of Taos. It’s the seventh-highest bridge in the US, 565ft above the river and measuring 600ft long. The views from the pedestrian walkway, west over the empty Taos Plateau as well as down the jagged walls of the gorge, will surely make you gulp as you gape. Vendors selling jewelry, sage sticks and other souvenirs congregate on the eastern side.