Orilla Verde Recreation Area
Forest Service / BLM
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 31
About: Orilla Verde Recreation Area is nestled along the banks of the Rio Grande, within the steep-walled Rio Grande Gorge. The local terrain is comprised of rugged, wide open mesas and chiseled steep canyons. The elevation along the river is 6,100 feet and rises 800 feet at the gorge rim. The Taos Valley Overlook offers stunning and breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Gorge and Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the mesa top above the river.
Orilla Verde has seven campgrounds each with tables and fire grills. Two of the camgrounds, Pilar and Rio Bravo, offer RV campsites with water and electric hookups (no sewer). The developed campgrounds have drinking water and shelters available. All campgrounds have restroom facilities. There is a 14-day stay limit. A maximum of 8 people allowed per campsite. Primitive camping is allowed only at designated sites. Maximum of two vehicles per site. Individual campsite checkout time is 10:00 a.m. Group shelter checkout time is 11:00 a.m.
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