In northern New Mexico is a little town called Questa. A few miles to the west is an area called Wild Rivers at the junction of the Red River and the Rio Grande. This is what Google Earth says it looks like.
This is what it looks like from the ground.
(Yep, that's my toes at the edge)In general, the top area is high desert plateau. The two rivers form steep-sided canyons. Trails have been built leading down those canyon sides. Looking down from above, the trails form a series of switchbacks. I marked them with red to make them easier to see.
And what goes down, must come up... 800' from the bottom to the top. More than once, I gave water away to hikers who had not planned well.
The campsites were nice. Most were set right at the edge of the canyon, affording beautiful vistas, and New Mexico skies are often rewarding. The obvious view was toward the setting sun,