Rio Grande Del Norte

One of the most stunning New Mexico wildlands is the Rio Grande del Norte.

The Wilderness Society worked for years to protect the Rio Grande del Norte in northern New Mexico. This awe-inspiring gem is best known for the Rio Grande Gorge and Ute Mountain, which rises 10,093 feet. On March 25, 2013, President Obama declared this a national monument, thus ensuring it will remain in it's natural state for generations to come.

Why Rio Grande del Norte

Rio Grande del Norte is a stunning New Mexico wildland with scenic vistas, natural landmarks and waters that sustain animals and surrounding communities.

Work we are doing

At Wilderness, we are working with New Mexico residents, local community and conservation groups and political figures to designate Rio Grande del Norte as a National Conservation Area.

Our partners

We're worked in partnership with local and traditional communities to protect Rio Grande del Norte, part of their natural heritage.

Check out this episode of "This American Land" featuring Rio Grande del Norte:

  • Neil Shader

    A report on landscape-based mitigation released by the Interior Department Energy and Climate Change Task Force, “A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior,”  provides a blueprint for better protection for fish, wildlife, recreation and wild land values for the tens of millions of acres of public lands open to oil and gas and other energy development.

  • Michael Reinemer

    This weekend, veterans from around the West will be visiting the rolling, boulder-strewn landscape of the Dragoon Mountains south of Tucson to participate in a writing workshop that will guide them on skills needed to create narratives of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry that is informed both by their service experiences and the natural environment.

  • Neil Shader

    The following statement on the confirmation of Neil Kornze to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management can be attributed to Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.