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 its 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

    New legislation introduced today in the House and the Senate would undermine state and federal planning efforts, nearly complete, to conserve the greater sage grouse and perpetuate uncertainty faced by all westerners, according to The Wilderness Society. The following statement can be attributed to Chase Huntley, senior government relations director for The Wilderness Society.

  • Neil Shader

    Authorization for LWCF runs out on September 30 2015.

    Today, Earth Day, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on “reauthorization and potential reforms” to LWCF. Funded primarily by offshore oil royalties—not taxpayer dollars—the program has had strong bipartisan support since its enactment in 1964. The Wilderness Society strongly supports several bills to reauthorize LWCF including S. 890, S. 338 and H.R. 1814, now pending in Congress.

  • Neil Shader

    Proactive, cooperative conservation measures could be a model for protections across the West

    The following statement can be attributed to Nada Culver, senior director of agency policy and planning for The Wilderness Society, regarding the Department of Interior’s decision to not add the bi-state greater sage grouse population to the Endangered Species List.