Rio Hondo (Northern New Mexico)
Children near the Rio Hondo, Taos County, 1941
|Source||Above Taos Ski Valley|
|- location||Taos Mountains|
|- elevation||10,840 ft (3,304 m) |
|- location||Rio Grande Gorge|
|- elevation||6,840 ft (2,085 m) |
|Length||20 mi (32 km)|
In northern New Mexico, the Rio Hondo begins high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Taos Ski Valley and flows for approximately 20 miles (32 km) into the Rio Grande. Portions of the Rio Hondo are prized as prime spots for bird-watching and fishing. The river was the subject of a 2005 study by the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau into the effects of wastewater from Taos Ski Valley, which is discharged from the Village of Taos Ski Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant.
In Spanish, Río Hondo means "deep river".
- USGS topographic maps
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rio Hondo
- "Carson National Forest - Recreational Activities". Retrieved 2008-07-17.
- "The WQCC-Approved Rio Hondo Watershed Nutrients TMDL". Retrieved 2008-07-17.
- Julyan, Robert Hixson (1996). The Place Names of New Mexico. University of New Mexico Press. p. 296. ISBN 978-0-8263-1689-9.
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