The Cerro Del Yuta Wilderness is located on the Taos Plateu, a volcanic landscape of lava flows and shield volcanoes. Ute Mountain's 10,093-foot peak sets a commanding presence on the flat landscape of its immediate surroundings. Summit views across the Taos Plateau, the Rio Grande, and to the nearby Sangre de Christo mountains are stunning. The arid lower slopes of the mountains transition to pinon and juniper and then to ponderosa and Douglas fir on the wetter north facing slopes. Aspen grace the top of the mountain.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Cerro del Yuta Wilderness.
The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, Wild Rivers Visitor Center is located in Cerro, NM, at 1120 Cerro Road. Go north from Questa on NM 522 and turn left on State Road 378; the Visitor Center is about 17 miles from the turn off.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.