The entire length of La Vista Verde trail offers beautiful views of the inner sides of the Rio Grande Gorge and of mountains in the distance, but the most breath taking view is the one at the end of the trail, which is on a point overlooking the Rio Grande. La Vista Verde Trail is 1.25 miles long out to the end of the trail, so a hike or trail run is a total distance of 2.5 miles out and back. Mountain biking is also allowed. The trail is easy, since it is mostly flat and not rocky. The end of the trail has a park bench for resting and enjoying the view and would be a good place for a picnic.
To get to the trail from Taos, go south on Highway 68 for about 16 miles. Then turn right onto Highway 570 and stay on this road for a few miles as you pass several camp sites. Turn left onto 567 and cross the Taos Junction Bridge that goes over the Rio Grande. The trailhead for La Vista Verde Trail is one-half of a mile further up the road. The area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which charges $3 dollars for use of the trails for the day. There is a pay station near the restrooms on the east side of the Taos Junction Bridge.
Photos by Beth Dobos