|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...
|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
Closest Town: Roy
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: