'Easy Rider' festival honors Dennis Hopper

Created: 05/17/2014 10:04 AM
By: SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — To celebrate the legacy of Dennis Hopper and his iconic counterculture film "Easy Rider," motorcyclists and movie fanatics from as far away as Canada have traveled to northern New Mexico.

They're gathering Saturday in the dusty, adobe encircled plaza at Ranchos de Taos to kick off what town officials hope will be an annual event — Dennis Hopper Day.

Saturday would have been the late actor's 78th birthday.

Hopper first came to New Mexico in the late 1960s to scout locations for "Easy Rider." Shot on a shoestring budget, the independent film summed up the 60s, romanticized the open road and ended up revolutionizing Hollywood.

The motorcyclists will be riding passed some of Hopper's old haunts, from the bridge that spans the Rio Grande Gorge to the historic Taos Pueblo.

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