Wild Rivers Back Country Byway area map

The Wild Rivers Back Country Byway provides access to the BLM's Wild Rivers National Recreation Area in the northern Rio Grande Gorge area of New Mexico. This is a paved, 13-mile closed loop from Cerro to the National Recreation Area with access to several scenic overlooks of the gorge and several pathways leading down to the river. You'll also find picnic areas, campgrounds, trailheads and a visitor center along the route.

About 2 miles north of Questa on NM 522, follow the signs and turn left onto NM 378. That leads through the townsite of Cerro and ends at the beginning of the Wild Rivers Back Country Byway. The roads are plowed in the winter but conditions can still be extreme.