Rio Grande Bighorns


In the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, NM State Rd 567 climbs from Taos Junction Bridge, where it spans the Rio Grande, to the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. At this time of the year, a bighorn herd is often to be found somewhere along the upper end of that dirt road, and most usually in the vicinity of the hairpin turn that is situated close to the gorge rim (see Google Earth map below). Thus, these bighorns sees lots of cars and people, and are very tolerant of close approach. Why do they choose to hang out here? That’s anyone’s guess.

Google Earth map of Taos Junction Bridge area

Bighorn rams, with the Rio Grande beyond (top center)

Young bighorn ram

Bighorn lamb

The hairpin turn, upstream view looking northeast at the gorge and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Downstream view from the hairpin turn, looking southeast. The river is visible to the right of center, with the Picuris Mountains on the horizon.

The Rio Grande Gorge High Bridge, by evening light. View to the northeast.

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1 I have also published two additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id1244922282?mt=11 2. Coyote Buttes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201?mt=11
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