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:

  • Comments from The Wilderness Society, Natural Resources Defense Council, and others submitted to the Bureau of Land Management regarding proposed rules for leasing land for wind and solar energy projects on federal lands. 

  • The 114th Congress faces a multitude of environmental challenges. The Wilderness Society is working the halls of power to make sure that America's wild places are part of the legislative agenda, and to make sure that lawmakers and staff are hearing both sides of the issues.

  • The Wilderness Society submitted official comments on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation plan that was proposed early in the fall of 2014. The comment period allowed for broad public participation in determining the future of balancing conservation and recreation with renewable energy development.

    The following is an excerpt from our comments submitted on February 22, 2015. The full comment document is available for download.