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Wild Rivers Recreation Area
Two nationally designated wild and scenic rivers, the Red and Rio Grande, converge at this site and rush through a rugged gorge more than 800 feet deep. Lush grasses, pinon/juniper, and sagebrush surround the gorge. A small driving loop offers good wildlife viewing. La Junta Overlook offers a s...
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Mills Canyon
Description: Mills Canyon is a beautiful surprise, opening up unexpectedly in the midst of rolling grasslands. Its varied terrain includes redrock canyon, pinon, juniper, and ponderosa pine, and a cottonwood riparian zone beside the Canadian River.

Wildlife to Watch: Occasional viewing of mule deer, wild turkey, red-tailed hawk, and other raptors year-round, as well as rock squirrel March through October. Good summer viewing of white-throated swift, Lewis’s woodpecker, hepatic tanager, Say’s phoebe, western wood pewee, Bewick’s and canyon wren, and other songbirds. Look for the arid lands ribbon snake. Rare sightings of exotic Barbary sheep, which have lived along the Canadian River since the 1930’s.

Special Tips: HIGH-CLEARANCE, FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES RECOMMENDED; LAST 3 MILES OF ROAD IMPASSABLE IN WET WEATHER.

There are some adjacent lands-permit may be required; there are some private lands.

Ownership: Kiowa National Grasslands (campground); New Mexico State Land Office 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Roy

Facilities:
RestroomsTent CampingPicnic tables

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Hepatic Tanager - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
Travel 10 miles north of Roy on New Mexico Highway 39. Turn left (west) onto Forest Road 600 at the Mills Canyon Campground sign and continue 9 miles to the river.

For more information call (505) 374-9652.

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Mills Canyon : Wildlife Viewing Area