RÍO GRANDE DEL NORTE NATIONAL MONUMENT
Designating Colorado's Río Grande del Norte National Monument will extend the benefits that Taos County has experienced since designation to Conejos County, including protecting traditional ways of life, preserving cultural ties to the land and bringing increased tourism and economic growth to the region.
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For the residents of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, the Río Grande del Norte is a timeless iconic landscape that connects the modern world to the lifestyle, traditions and culture of the past.
From its vast recreational opportunities and tourism benefits, to its essential habitat for wildlife, clean water and subsistence values – the Río Grande del Norte is an important part of the surrounding community’s health, happiness, economy and quality of life.
In March 2013, in response to a chorus of community members speaking up for its protection, President Barack Obama used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act to designate the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in Taos County, New Mexico. Surrounded by community leaders, elected officials and others with deep ties to this land, the President permanently preserved 242,000 acres of New Mexico’s spectacular wildlife habitat along with the heritage of the region’s Hispanic and Native American populations. While this vital part of New Mexico’s landscape and history is protected, the Río Grande del Norte does not end at the state border. The land, legacy and landmarks of the Río Grande del Norte region extend approximately 66,000 acres into adjacent public lands stretching into southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley and Conejos County.