About the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Stewarded by Friends of Rio Grande del Norte, Conejos County Clean Water

Río Grande del Norte National Monument was established on March 25, 2013 by Presidential Proclamation. The new monument includes approximately 242,500 acres comprised of rugged, wide open plains, volcanic cones, and steep canyons with rivers tucked away in their depths. The Rio Grande carves an 800 foot deep gorge through high plains at an elevation of about 7,000 feet. Among the volcanic cones dotting the plains, Ute Mountain is the highest, reaching to 10,093 feet. Lying between the San Juan Mountains and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this area is also an important area for wintering animals, and provides a corridor by which wildlife move between the two mountain ranges.

From the blog

  • 10.27.16

    Down by the Río: veterans, young people join forces for the Río Grande del Norte National Monument

    Young military veterans, volunteers and staff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently welcomed 37 high school students to the Río Grande del Norte National Monument to collaborate on a unique stewardship project and field trip. Together they planted approximately 30 cottonwood trees and more than 500 milkweeds plants … read more

  • 08.7.16

    Ancestral Lands Program Season Celebration

    Nothing beats a mid-summer celebration—especially when it involves homemade food, a gathering of friends, and recognition for great work in the community and far beyond. The Ancestral Lands Conservation Corps—a program of Conservation Legacy and Southwest Conservation Corps that provides job training, employment and conservation exposure for Native American youth, primarily from the southwest—held just … read more

  • 07.22.16

    Celebrating Latino Conservation Week

    2016 marks the third annual Latino Conservation Week, an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) to harness the Latino community’s passion for the outdoors and spotlight its role in conservation.  It started with just 17 partners and 17 events.  Now, there are over 100 partners and events that are engaging Latino … read more

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