About the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

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.

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  • 06.17.15

    Non-native plant removal project begins in Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

    A spike camp, trucks and tools, and at least 16 pairs of work boots are hitting the ground this week in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument—when the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps begins a 12-day native plant restoration project along the Rio Grande corridor and campgrounds in the monument’s Orilla … read more

  • 06.4.15

    A Blue Water Day: Thank you RBC for supporting conservation

    The Conservation Lands Foundation extends a big thank you to Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) employees around the world who took time out to celebrate RBC Blue Water Day on Thursday, June 4. It’s a day when RBC employees head out to their communities for volunteer projects, invite non-profit partners around … read more

  • 03.26.14

    H.R. 1459 – The “Preventing New Parks” Bill, Up For House Vote Today

    Today, a vote for the “Preventing New Parks” bill, (H.R. 1459) stands as a direct assault on our National Parks, National Monuments and public lands conservation heritage. H.R. 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act or “EPIC,” spells just that—an epic fail for protecting our … read more

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