Taos Field Office Outdoor Recreation

A multitude of exciting recreation opportunities await you on public lands managed by BLM's Taos Field Office! Our 656,000 acres of public land truly represent the “Land of Enchantment” and include five environmental "life zones:" Alpine (11,500 feet); Sub-Alpine (9,500 feet); Mixed Coniferous (8,500 feet); Transition (7,000 feet); and the Upper Sonoran (4,500 feet).

BLM public lands in northcentral New Mexico include Río Grande del Norte National Monument, two outstanding Wild and Scenic Rivers -- the Rio Grande and the Rio Chama -- and three developed recreation areas -- Wild Rivers, Santa Cruz Lake, and Orilla Verde. At these sites you can experience a whitewater rafting challenge; enjoy a breathtaking view of the 800-foot-deep river gorge; hike miles of developed trails; view wildlife; or visit an important prehistoric, historic, or active cultural site. Sit back and relax in the pinon, juniper, and wildflower fragrances . . . watch the aspens and cottonwoods change color . . . and then view the stars from a campsite perched on the ledge or our world-class river gorge. Choose your own path to the Taos Field Office and prepare to be enchanted by your public lands!

map highlighting Taos Field Office

Rio Grande del Norte National Monument


Recreation Sites


Río Grande del Norte National Monument


Wild Rivers Recreation Area

  - Rinconada Loop Trail

Wild Rivers Backcountry Byway

-Orilla Verde Recreation Area

Río Grande Wild and Scenic River

-Red River Wild and Scenic River
-Taos Valley Overlook Trails
 Río Chama Wild and Scenic River
 Santa Cruz Lake

Sabinoso Wilderness

 La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs
 Diablo Canyon Recreation Area
 Horsethief Mesa Trail
 Nambe Badlands Trail


Taos Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
226 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM 87571-5983

(575) 758-8851
(575) 758-1620 FAX