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:

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.