After leaving Bandelier I headed north to the Rio Grand del Norte recreation area. Found a nice spot in the Pataca campground, right on the Rio Grand River. There is a string of 5 small campgrounds along the river and I settled into the last one, furthers up river. Only 6 or 7 sites, 3 with shelters, no hookups. For 3 of the 5 nights I was the only one there. Very quiet area! There are a few companies that do rafting trips down the river but I never noticed the action. The recreation area is about 20 miles south of Taos so I went there for groceries, gas, etc. Had to drive about 8 miles from the campground to a rest area for decent cell signal.
One day I did a sort of loop drive, up through Taos, across 64 to 285 south. That drive took over the Rio Grand River Gorge Bridge. I cut back from 285 to the campground on a back road that was fine until the last few miles. When it got to the edge of the river gorge it turned to a narrow well worn dirt road the was partially washed out in places. Very steep and narrow (single lane), it was a good thing I tried it without the trailer. One of those things I’d rather not do again.
The Rio Grand was a short walk from my trailer. Some folks came into the campground for day use, fishing or swimming.