Our public lands are under threat and it is up to us to do something about it. In April of 2017, President Trump ordered the review of the Antiquities Act - an act that was originally designed to protect Native American artifacts. This act is more commonly utilized by presidents to set land aside as national monuments. This review looks at 27 national monuments that have been created since 1996, one of which is Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in Northern New Mexico. Established on March 25, 2013, this 242,500-acre monument serves as an important corridor for wildlife and allows wildlife to move between the two mountain ranges.
The Native Odyssey crew spent two nights camping in the Wild Rivers Campgrounds located within Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and had the chance to experience the incredible surroundings that make this national monument special. We descended the steep and rugged canyon into the ferociously flowing Rio Grande in pursuit of wild trout. The powerful water running through the center of the massive canyon is a breathtaking sight. This is just one of the many opportunities Rio Grande del Norte National Monument provides for the American people to experience and enjoy.
It is the natural born right of every American to make the 800-foot descent into the Rio Grande Gorge and witness the sheer magnificence of Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. It is vital we protect this national monument in order to ensure native fish populations, wildlife, and downstream communities have access to healthy, clean and clear water. To take action and stand up for our public lands, please visit standup.tu.org.