Chawalauna Overlook at Wild Rivers Recreation New Mexico 2
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Chawalauna Overlook at Wild Rivers Recreation New Mexico 2 by Debra Martz
If you take the first right after stopping at the pay station, the Chawalauna Overlook is the next place for amazing views. There is not a trailhead here into the gorge but there are views both upstream and downstream (this view) of the Rio Grande. You can see where the other trails reach the river and backcountry campsites at the bottom of the gorge, where ponderosa pines offer tall shade if you decide to trout fish.
If you are not camping up on the rim, this overlook offers parking to the Rinconada 6 mile loop trail which is on a well kept gravel path. It passes by all of the rim campgrounds of both the Rio Grande and Red River. When we camp here, if not going into the gorge or up one of the mountain trails, we start the day with this trail directly from whichever campground we are staying.