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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Running the West Rim Trail

Sunday we drove west about 7 miles to the trailhead for the West Rim Trail. The trail follows the rim of the gorge formed by the Rio Grande River. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is quite the tourist attraction, and after about a mile, the trail was free from traffic. The trail runs about 9 miles south to the Orilla Verde Recreation area, where the trails are at river level.
We had a nice hiker snap a group photo before we started our run.
There was a bench that stuck out into the gorge about .5 mile into the run that looked back to a fantastic view of the bridge and the river far below.
The trail was a combination of single and double track, with a lot of rocks, and was fairly flat most of the way. Of course, at 7000' elevation, 'flat' is always a good profile for the first day of running in the high desert! Just behind Kathleen on the horizon is an all women's mountain bike group ride coming toward us with about 20 riders.
We saw a couple perched on a ledge meditating near this overlook - what an awesome sight to have while clearing the mind.
Fields of sagebrush and the mouth of the gorge in view in the background - pretty much a blueprint of the entire length of the trail that we ran. We went out about 4 miles and turned around for an 8 mile run. The breath-taking views along the way made this a fantastic outing with a little tourist factor thrown in for good measure!
Sunday evening we had a fantastic sunset to cap off a great day!


T Z said...

Been over that bridge a few times. It is quite an impressive view. Years ago, I was no runner, but it is cool to know there are so many great places to run there.

HappyTrails said...

I think we only scratched the surface - it was kind of an experimental trip for us. At 3.5 hours, it's not all that far to drive. There were no running shops in Taos which was very weird!

T Z said...

Taos is still a cool town. I like all the artsy stuff, ski shops, and coffee shops. We need to make a trip out there this next year.

HappyTrails said...

If you are interested, here are a couple we had scoped out - we used VRBO.com:
http://www.vrbo.com/192043 - this is where we stayed

http://www.vrbo.com/160054 similar area but was booked, maybe we'll have to go again to try it out ;-)

T Z said...

Thank you! I have bookmarked it and will probably stay there next year!

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