Help Us Protect Rio Grande del Norte. Donate today.


Dear Friend,

Just one stroke of Obama’s pen could mean a new national monument for the Rio Grande del Norte. Thanks to your support, we’re hard at work to make sure that happens.

The Rio Grande del Norte contains some of the most spectacular lands and habitat in all of New Mexico. Plus, the land offers a myriad of opportunities for recreation and solitude.

A national monument would mean 236,000 acres of new federally protected lands for Rio Grande del Norte and its stunning landscapes. Please give a year-end tax-deductible donation now to make sure we have the resources to continue the push for this striking place.

Areas within the gorge offer unsurpassed opportunities for whitewater rafting, climbing, bird watching, or relaxing; while the absence of designated trails provides solitude in the Ute Mountain area, even on busy weekends. Other popular activities on and around Ute Mountain include hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and star gazing. The area is prized for its quality hunting, and offers good fishing opportunities for a variety of trout species in a scenic gorge where bald eagles and various raptors soar overhead.

Please give now to help us create the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and protect some of New Mexico’s most spectacular lands!

Thank you for all you help us do for New Mexico’s wild places.


John Olivas, Traditional Community Organizer

Olivas works on NM Wild’s Rio Grande del Norte and Columbine Hondo campaigns, among other things. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in environmental science. Olivas is chairman of the Mora County Commission and represents traditional communities in northern New Mexico focusing his conservation work with grazing permittees, land grant members and Acequia Mayordomos and Parciantes. He is very active in statewide Land Grant efforts here in New Mexico. He is also youth development director for the Wilderness Outdoor Connection Youth Group and managing partner and owner of JACO Outfitters, LLC. 



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