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Have Fun, Enjoy & Be Safe

Have Fun, Enjoy & Be Safe

  Off-Highway Vehicles Red River now allows Off-Highway Motor Vehicles (OHVs) to operate through town so you can get from your place of lodging to the trails and back. OHVs are defined as side-by-sides, Mules, Razors, etc. that have bench or regular seating. If it has saddle seating (straddle seating), such as an ATV, it is not allowed. This has been highly successful thus far. Copies of the OHV rules and routes can be obtained from the Visitor Center and from various lodges and businesses in town. Some high points are: 1. ALL drivers, regardless of age, must wear a safety helmet approved by DOT. 2. All passengers under the age of 18 must wear a safety helmet approved by DOT. Bicycle helmets do not meet this requirement. 3. Your OHV must have an insurance policy showing the vehicle’s VIN and meeting the same requirements as a motor vehicle. A homeowner’s policy will not suffice. Other registration rules apply and are addressed in the handouts mentioned. 4. Absolutely no...

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Honing the Craft

Honing the Craft

  The Red River Songwriters’ Camp on June 8-10,  will give aspiring songwriters the opportunity to hone the writer’s craft with workshops and writing sessions. Get some tips from established singer/songwriters Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy, Kelley Mickwee, Josh Grider and Brandy Zdan. – P.S. They were here for the Red River Songwriters’ Festival last January and decided to come back when it was...

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Red River Ski & Summer Area

Red River Ski & Summer Area

  For over 50 years, the Red River Ski & Summer Area has made Red River the Ski Town of the Southwest, offering the finest in recreational Alpine skiing experiences for young and old alike. While winter is a great time, the ski area doesn’t shut down in summer. The RRSA gives visitors a chance to take a scenic ride to the top of the world on the main chairlift – the Triple Platinum – providing a panoramic view of Northern New Mexico that is second to none. It also provides mountain bikers with a way to get to the top, giving them access to the roads and trails that cover the mountain. The disc golf course has become popular, a growing sport in the US, especially at ski areas. The goal is to get folks up on the mountain for recreation. There is no charge for the course, only the cost of a lift ticket. If you are competitive, then maybe the Drew Judycki Memorial Disc Golf Tournament...

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Walk with a Ranger

Walk with a Ranger

  Join in for a mountaintop hike lasting up to an  hour and a half in length. National Forest Service Rangers and volunteers will point out the beautiful historic and geologic landmarks guests can see from the top of the mountain, 10,350’ in elevation. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. – weather permitting – beginning June 9 through August 13,  you can take a special walk. Walkers will meet with the ranger on the deck of The Tip Restaurant. Guests may hike up or ride the Scenic Summer Chairlift. Everyone is welcome! They will tailor the hike to the abilities and ages of the guests who wish to join in. All ages will enjoy learning about the exciting history of the mountain and the communities that surround it. Rangers will teach guests about our rich environmental diversity and the animals that share the mountains with us. Please bring plenty of water and sunscreen! (If you forget, both are available at The Tip.) It’s recommended to bring a...

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Great Day for Fishing

Great Day for Fishing

  In May of 2016, a retired steel worker from Albuquerque named Michael Yazzie was in Red River to spend a warm spring day doing something that he loved doing: fishing. Michael was particularly fond of the river because the spring runoff was steady but not too swift, and the water was fairly clear, not turbid (muddy) as is often the case in May. The high country snow was melting, filling the banks of the streams and the Red River. Michael tried different places on the river, covering several excellent locations, including the Red River Anglers Park on the west side of town, near the helicopter pad and the softball/soccer field. To say he had a good day would be putting it mildly. He won’t say where on the river he hooked the 11½ pound, 28-inch rainbow whale. Anglers guard a great fishing hole with a code of silence. He was also smiling and laughing so hard that he had trouble talking, being out of breath. He was able...

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Ski with a Ranger

Ski with a Ranger

  One unique and fascinating experience offered by the Red River Ski & Summer Area is the opportunity to Tour with a Ranger. In the summer a ranger from the Kit Carson National Forest leads hikers around the high country terrain. In the winter, the ranger leads a group of eager skiers through the winter wonderland. Kevin Lehto, (seen on left above touring with one such eager group) grew up in Utah, but Northern New Mexico has always had an allure for the career outdoorsman. “This is my third time in northern New Mexico. I grew up in Salt Lake, but for whatever reason, I’ve always had a connection with northern NM. I don’t know if that came from reading John Nichols or if it was a family connection – one of my mom’s best friends was in northern NM, a Taos woman. I’ve always had the desire to be here. “I’ve always wanted to work outside. When I went to college, they just sort of guided me into...

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RRSA – A Work in Progress

RRSA – A Work in Progress

  From the earliest days when the Red River Ski area opened in December of 1959, the Ski School has had the reputation of being a great place to learn how to slide down a mountain of snow in a safe and enjoyable fashion. The Ski School’s first director, German Olympic Team skiing ace Toni Woerndle, insisted that skiing should be fun! That philosophy remains in effect today. Red River Ski School Director Larry Simpson is excited about the coming 2016-2017 ski season and he can’t hide his enthusiasm about the Golden Explorers program. “We’ve changed our setup for the youth class products. We’re now able to offer 3-5 year-old, 6-8 year-old and 9-12 year-old age brackets so that they’re all separate! Each group has its own methodology for learning! “The littlest folk learn differently than the middle-agers, who learn differently from the older students. We’ve adapted our programs, creating space in the youth center for the littlest ones and the middle age group, while the older groups will...

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Snowmobiles in the Valley

Snowmobiles in the Valley

  You know it’s truly winter in Red River when the first trailer or flatbed truck loaded with a ton of snowmobiles comes down Highway 38 from Bobcat Pass into town. You’ll see them parked at lodges, along the side streets and in the municipal parking lot. No one has ever been able to track how many private sleds make their way to Red River and the surrounding trails and meadows of the Kit Carson National Forest. Machines registered in Red River can be counted, but machines hauled in and registered in surrounding states are a number for conjecture or a good  crystal ball. FYI: The state of New Mexico requires a day use permit for all OHVs/snowmobiles. Save time by purchasing your permit in advance with the online licensing system. We do know how many sleds are operated by Red River’s professional snowmo tour companies: the Sled Shed on West Main St. and Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures located at 9,800 feet at the top of Bobcat Pass on...

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Visit the Enchanted Forest

Visit the Enchanted Forest

  In the middle of the forest you can hear snowfall landing, you can see forest denizens, or you can see their traces… trace footprints of a snowshoe hare or the deep gouges left by deer. Such is the appeal of cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Both can be as gentle as a stroll, or as vigorous as running, that decision is left to the participants. Red River visitors can enjoy the softer side of winter at Enchanted Forest Cross Country & Snowshoe Area. For over 30 years, the Miller and Goins families have provided the best groomed cross country skiing in the state of New Mexico. Enchanted Forest is New Mexico’s only full-service facility of its type, offering 35 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, 18 kilometers of snowshoe trails and five kilometers of trail dedicated to skiing and snowshoeing with your pooch. Guests can get out of the cold, shop for sunscreen, sunglasses and other accessories or savor a hot drink in the base lodge. A midway “warming...

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The Millers – Skiing Pioneers

The Millers – Skiing Pioneers

  For John and Judy Miller, a life in Red River was somehow inevitable. The mountains called and they answered, then left an indelible mark on skiing in Red River. In return, they were inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame in 2008, joining such luminaries as the late Drew Judycki, longtime owner of Red River Ski Area, Taos Ski Valley founder (the late) Ernie Blake and Angel Fire’s Bill Burgess, creator of the World Champion Shovel Races and a certified ski instructor for 60 years. John, a native Texan, spent summers at his family’s cabin in Red River beginning in 1935 and occasionally “skied” West Texas courtesy of a rope and pick-up truck. He later learned on a actual mountain while attending the University of Colorado (CU). “I started skiing at Arapaho Basin on 7-foot, 2-inch long skis with bear trap bindings. My instructor, who had a German accent, said, ‘Ve go to the top!’” Judy has skied since she was a child growing up in...

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Pioneer Corridor Adventure

Pioneer Corridor Adventure

  The Chalet/Day Lodge is the center of fun this summer, serving as Base Camp for activities and the site of the ticket office. Hidden Treasure Aerial Park will reopen to the public June 10, for you and your family to enjoy “an aerial high five experience.” The park offers daring adventures for the whole family while promoting active and healthy lifestyles. Three levels of experience will be offered. The First Level Course, the Second Level Course (More Difficult) and the Third Level Course (Most Difficult). There are also two zip lines. The First Level zip line is available to all participants. Tubing returns this summer with two courses. Slide down the hill and take the Lil’ Blue surface lift back up and ride again or ride the longest summer tubing lanes in the country on “Gold Rush Hill” serviced by the Gold Chairlift (800 feet of excitement – must be 7 years of age or older). The Pioneer Flyer Zip Line is a seated zip and originates from...

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Community House Fun

Community House Fun

  If you are new in town or are not familiar with the history of the Red River Community House, you should know that it has served the community of Red River in a grand manner, fulfilling the promise carried by its name which was chosen in 1940 when the idea of a central meeting place was born. There’s a bulletin board on the wall by the heavy wooden door on the front of the Red River Community House. It’s a good place to find out times and details of activities and events which are planned for the week at the classic big log building on Main Street, Red River, USA. Since opening the big ornate doors in the early 1940s, the Red River Community House has been a center of fun and activity, friendship and fellowship for generations of visitors to the high country of Northern New Mexico. It is arguably the first purpose-built church facility, hosting Sunday worship services, weddings and funerals. It has also been a...

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Walk with a Ranger

Walk with a Ranger

  Walk With A Ranger is a mountaintop hike lasting up to an hour and a half in length with a National Forest Service Ranger and volunteers who will point out the beautiful historic and geologic landmarks to be seen from the top of the mountain at an elevation of 10,350. Rangers will teach guests about the rich environmental diversity and the animals that share the...

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OHVs Are Here to Stay

OHVs Are Here to Stay

    The summertime is an exciting season for our Red River guests. Of the many things to do in Red River, off-road adventuring is always one of the biggest attractions. Here is some helpful information about a few of our most popular ATV trails. Goose Lake is a gorgeous high elevation paradise where you can access some of the more advanced hiking trailheads this area has to offer. This is a moderate to advanced ATV trail that offers some spectacular views. The trail is very narrow at times, so keep a constant watch for oncoming traffic. The trailhead is located half a mile down Highway 578 on the right. Take your fishing gear to experience a true angler challenge. The trout of Goose Lake are smart and natural, so catching one is a true feat. Pioneer Canyon trail is an easy trail that winds through old deserted mining campsites and has several shallow creek crossings that make this pass unique. The trailhead can be accessed off of Pioneer...

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Horses Part of Red River

Horses Part of Red River

    There were two forms of transportation into the Red River Valley of Northern New Mexico in the late 1800s. The most common was on foot. The trails leading into the area were originally created by wildlife. Deer trails usually provided a simple and reasonable way down the mountain, although they were not always direct. While some of those paths were steep and could offer a challenge to humans, they provided necessary access to and from the valley. There was also the equine option. While automobiles had been invented, they had not changed the American landscape before the turn of the century that saw the establishment of Red River City. Horses were still the preferred form of travel. Many prospectors and rainbow chasers entered the valley mounted on a sure-footed steed they trusted to deliver them safely down the mountain. There were a few mules, too. Sure-footed, yes, but stubborn? Oh yes! Eventually, horses were hooked to wagons and the descent of the Red River Pass became a...

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