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Rio Hondo
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Children near the Rio Hondo, Taos County, 1941
Country United States
State New Mexico
County Taos
Physical characteristics
Main source Above Taos Ski Valley
Taos Mountains
10,840 ft (3,300 m)
River mouth Rio Grande
Rio Grande Gorge
6,840 ft (2,080 m)
Length 20 mi (32 km)

The Rio Hondo is a river in Northern New Mexico. A left tributary of the Rio Grande, it flows approximately 20 miles (32 km) from its headwaters high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Wheeler Peak and the Taos Ski Valley to its discharge in the Rio Grande Gorge just west of the community of Arroyo Hondo. Portions of the Rio Hondo are prized as prime spots for bird-watching and fishing. The river was the subject of a 2005 study by the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau into the effects of wastewater from Taos Ski Valley, which is discharged from the Village of Taos Ski Valley Waste Water Treatment Plant.

In Spanish, Río Hondo means "deep river".

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