The second highest bridge in the U.S. Highway System has become a Taos landmark. The three-span truss bridge sight in itself, but it’s also a perfect vantage to view the Rio Grande Gorge, a 650- to 800-foot-deep fissure that runs nearly to the Colorado state line to the north and to the town of Española to the south. There, the Rio Grande, which is known for calm, muddy waters in southern environs, still rushes with force making it a draw for river rafting.
If traveling from Taos, you’ll drive across the bridge to a parking area on the west side. From here, you can backtrack and walk along the pedestrian pathway across the bridge, or follow the West Rim Trail along the edge of the gorge for photo ops of the bridge itself. While it was being built, funding wasn’t available to continue U.S. 64 on the other side, so the bridge was nicknamed “the bridge to nowhere.”
This landmark has appeared in several films, including Twins, Wild Hogs, and Terminator: Salvation.