Watch out for rocks in the Río Grande Gorge

Canyon hit with active rock season

By Cody Hooks
chooks@taosnews.com
Posted 3/14/19

The signs in the State Road 68 canyon between the "horseshoe" and Velarde that say "Watch for falling rocks" are an especially prescient warning as Northern New Mexico inches its way into …

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Watch out for rocks in the Río Grande Gorge

Canyon hit with active rock season

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The signs in the State Road 68 canyon between the "horseshoe" and Velarde that say "Watch for falling rocks" are an especially prescient warning as Northern New Mexico inches its way into spring.

Small and medium-sized rocks line the roadway while several worryingly large boulders have come crashing into the highway in recent weeks.

The Dixon Volunteer Fire Department responded to the displacement of a large boulder near Mile Marker 19 on Friday (March 8), according to its Facebook page. That rock "crushed the top of one of the newly installed concrete barriers," read the social media post.

On Feb. 17, first responders attended to several boulders that landed in the southbound lane of the highway.

The Río Grande canyon along State Road 68 is particularly prone to rock falls.

Dixon Volunteer Fire Department District Chief Kathy Hammerlee Miller said people should "look for movement on the hillsides and drive defensively."

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