New Mexico December 16, 2016
You’ll Want To Visit The Snowiest Town In New Mexico This Season
The snowiest place in New Mexico is the mountain town of Red River. According to
weather.com, over the past 30 years, the town has averaged a total annual snowfall of 151.1 inches. That translates into 12.59 feet of snow. Having a tough time picturing that much powder? Imagine Mohammed Ali standing on top of Babe Ruth’s head and you’re almost there!
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.
While many towns close down during the winter, Red River kicks into high gear, with lots of fun annual events.
On both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, there is a torchlight parade at Red River Ski and Summer Area, along with a fireworks display.
At the Enchanted Forest Ski Area (Red River has no shortage of skiing locales), you can ski along a three-kilometer-long loop that is lit by luminarias.
In Red River, January means it’s time for the Winter Carnival and a little known activity called “skijoring.”
Think of it like waterskiing on snow only, instead of being pulled by a boat, people are towed behind a horse or ATV. Now that’s an entertaining sport to watch. Both events take place between January 13th and 15th, 2017.
Of course, you can stick to more traditional winter activities like sledding in Mallette Park or tubing at Red River Ski and Summer Area.
You can ski and snowboard here as well...
...Or go snowshoeing along the trails.
If total relaxation is your priority, curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and watch deer pass by your window.
Clear crisp nights provide excellent opportunities for stargazing.
Winter doesn't get much prettier than this.
For more information, visit
Red River’s website.
Here are some other
New Mexico towns that are a blast to visit in winter.