New Mexico October 21, 2017
Everyone From New Mexico Should Take This Awesome Mountain Vacation Before They Die
When it comes to vacationing in New Mexico, people flock to well-known destinations like Santa Fe, Taos, or a location near one of our famous natural attractions, like Carlsbad Caverns or White Sands. Another top vacation spot in New Mexico is the mountain resort town of Red River. Read on to see why you should make it your next vacation destination.
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Summer, winter, or in between, Red River is the perfect place to create vacation memories.
Located at 8,750 feet up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this authentic American town has everything you need to make a spectacular vacation: services, amenities, and lots and lots of activities, from fast-paced, high-altitude adventure to just surrounding yourself with nature.
Red River is the snowiest place in New Mexico.
Red River is stunning year round, but in cold months, it transforms into a winter wonderland. The town is located in the Southern Rockies, 36 miles northeast of Taos. According to
, over the past 30 years, the town has averaged a total annual snowfall of 151.1 inches. That translates into more than 12 feet of snow!
All the snow makes Red River a no-brainer for skiers, but there is SO much more to do there in winter.
Skiers will head to the family-run Red River Ski and Summer Area to hit the slopes. But if that's not your thing, there is tubing, snowboarding, and skijoring (skiing behind a horse) — an event that takes place right down the main street. There are parades, fireworks, and even a snow coach dinner tour with high elevation dining and awesome Red River views below. And don't forget the frozen turkey race, just one of the whimsical events for which the town is known.
Unlike some "ski towns," Red River doesn't fall asleep in warm weather. Just the opposite is true.
Within the last few years, an adventure park was added. The
Hidden Treasure Aerial Park
has a ropes course with three levels of challenge, zip lines, summer mountain tubing, and the Pioneer Flyer, a ride where you fly down a 750-foot corridor at 35 miles per hour. For a more relaxed experience, check out the summer chairlift with scenic views and an opportunity for picnicking, hiking, or a round of disc golf when you reach the summit.
Outdoor enthusiasts (of all skill and activity levels) will embrace Red River too.
Hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and mountain biking… Red River puts you at nature's doorstep. Located in the Carson National Forest, trails and opportunity abound. Casual hikers can explore the Columbine Trail or even the Red River Nature Trail that starts right in town. Hearty hikers won't be disappointed either. From Red River, you can even reach Wheeler Peak, New Mexico's highest point. You can fish in the Red River itself, try the town's pond, or wilder rivers further out. Stables are nearby for horseback adventures, too.
Find the fun where the pavement ends with an off-road adventure.
If you want to see some of the more isolated sights near Red River but aren’t up for a hike, try one of the local
. With a Jeep or a snowcat in winter, roads aren't a worry. Visit a remote lake, admire wildflowers or fall foliage along Greenie Peak Trail, and explore old gold mines and ghost towns.
Food choices are plentiful. Choose from more than a dozen restaurants and cafes offering everything from steaks and New Mexican fare to ice cream.
Among the favorites is Anchovies Pizzeria, one of the best pizza places in the state. Check out their Big Mountain Brisket Pizza. It comes with tender brisket (roasted for 12 hours in the pizza oven), mozzarella cheese, BBQ sauce, caramelized red onions, pineapples, and since we are in New Mexico, green chile.
At Red River, you will never be bored.
Take a ranger walk or watch a gunfight in the street. Put on your boots and kick it up at a local saloon or a music festival. By the way, Red River
festivals! There are too many to name, but here are few of them: an old-fashioned New Year's party, a winter carnival, a motorcycle festival, comedy festival, songwriter festival, and Mardi Gras in the Mountains. Find an annual event schedule at
Pick the lodging style that suits you best.
Rough it at a local camping spot, bring your RV, or stay in town. No matter what you are looking for, Red River has a place for you to stay. Lodges, condos, and cabins are popular, but there are private rentals available too. As lodging styles vary, so do amenities. Luxuriate in a place with hot tubs and saunas, wi-fi, and maid service, or go rustic and unplug. Several properties are ski-in/ ski-out too.
Have you ever been to Red River? If not, does it sound like a place where you’d want to spend your next vacation? Share your thoughts with us!