- 12.3 miles (19 km)
- 1 hour, including stops at overlooks.
This Back Country Scenic Byway follows the Rio Grande Gorge. TheSangro De Cristo mountains to the east and volcanic mountains tothe west add beautiful variety to the countryside. The Gorgeplunges 800 feet at its deepest point and gapes up to a mile acrossat its widest point. Trails lead down into the Gorge where theadventurous can explore. One can also stay topside and explorenature's wonders there.