The Rio Grande River starts near Leadville Colorado and makes its way all the way to Mexico. This scene is captured north of Taos, New Mexico not too far from the Colorado border, up on the Colorado Plateau, looking North towards Colorado. The river runs through a system of Rifts, the most spectacular part of which starts right here and heads south for over 100 miles.
Just down from the west rim of the rift, from where this picture is taken, you can find natural hot springs fed by the same volcanic forces that created the spectacular landscape of this area. The mountains to the right are the Sangre de Cristos.
Canon 5D MK II, Tamron 28-300 VC, 3 images AEB +/-2, tripod mount, processed in aperture and the photomatix plugin