At 650 feet above the river, The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System and the fifth highest bridge in the United States. During construction of the bridge in the 1960s, funding did not exist to continue the road on the other side, leading to its nickname, the “Bridge to Nowhere.”
After its dedication in 1965, the American Institute of Steel Construction awarded the bridge “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge” in the “Long Span” category. Since then, the bridge has been a draw to visitors from around the world who come to peer (some more nervously than others) over its railings at the plunging cliffs of the gorge and the roiling river below. There is also a stunning walking trail along the rim of the gorge that leaves from the parking lot on the west side of the bridge.
In addition to living in the memories of its many visitors, the bridge has also made a name for itself in Hollywood, appearing in several films, including Paul, Terminator Salvation, Natural Born Killers, Wild Hogs, and White Sands.
Driving Directions: Follow US Highway 64/ New Mexico State Road 522 north for approximately 3.5 miles to the last 4 way intersection of town. Turn left to get onto US Highway 64 West. Travel about 8 miles. Cross the bridge and the parking area is on the left.