Looking south from the historic Lobatos Bridge in early spring. Photo by Jim O'Donnell.
Wildflowers cover the 65,000 acres of public land, nourished by minimal rain in this high alpine desert. Photo by Jim O'Donnell.
Ancient petroglyphs hold space for 12,000 years of human habitation of this area. Photo by Jim O'Donnell.
Afternoon thunderstorms loom over Kiowa Hill, a historic battle site of tribes that once roamed these lands. Photo by Jim O'Donnell.
Recreational activities abound on the Río Grande, both in Colorado and New Mexico. Photo by Irene Owsley.
Wildlife inhabit the magnificent Río Grande corridor, protected throughout the walls of the gorge. Photo by Irene Owsley.
Looking north, powerful Ute Mountain remains vigilant, protecting the timelessness of the land. Photo by Irene Owsley.
Local youth explore the Río Grande del Norte, experiencing history every step of the way. Photo by Jim O'Donnell.
Educational youth outings provide for hands-on, experiential learning of ancient traditions. Photo by Jim O'Donnell.
The historic Lobatos Bridge provides a vital link between vecinos, neighbors, Conejos and Costilla Counties. Photo by Jim O'Donnell.
Petroglyphs line the entire Río Grande del Norte, holding stories of those come before. Photo by Paris Duhamel.
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep keep watch over the Río Grande del Norte, calling this place home. Photo by Lisha Duran.
Illegal dumping on our public lands litter the area, posing a threat to our groundwater. Photo by Amber Quinlan.
Blue skies and delicate clouds remind us of our place in the universe, connected with all living beings. Photo by Andrew Carlo Rascon.
Adams State University students partner with Conejos Clean Water to provide their perspectives of the land. Photo by Stearns.
Rock art dances and sings throughout the Río Grande del Norte corridor. Photo by Natasha Vidger.
The sun sets on the horizon, peacefully giving rest to the land, sky and everyone inbetween. Photo by Ethan Ortega.
The Río Grande del Norte is susceptible to human-caused damage. National monument designation would protect the area from further harm. Photo by Natasha Vidger.