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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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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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Take a Hike!

Take a Hike!

  The best way to experience the mountains up close and personal is hiking on one of the many beautiful trails around the Red River. There are lots of choices depending on your fitness level and hiking companions. Be sure and go prepared with water, sunscreen, rain gear, snack/lunch, hat, jacket, shelter and layers of clothing in case it turns chilly – hypothermia can be a risk at this altitude where temperatures can plummet quickly with mountain storms. Be sure and tell someone where you’re going just in case you get lost or injured and need help. Cell phones don’t always work up here. Try some of the local favorite easy-to-moderate hikes: There are two nature trails in town with interpretive signs: The Red River Nature Trail starts in town by the Platinum Lift at the Ski Area on Pioneer Rd and travels about 2 miles along the Red River to Goose Lake Rd. The Mallette Park Nature Trail, on Mallette Road. by Sitzmark, is an easy 1/4 mile...

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Goose Creek Nature Hike

Goose Creek Nature Hike

  If you’re looking for a quiet nature hike with plenty of interesting sights, check out the Goose Creek Trail. This 5.5 mile long trail is located 2.5 miles from town on the Upper Valley Rd (keep right at the Y), right at the entrance to the Aspen Park property. Cross the wood bridge and take the trail to your left. The US Forest Service grades this trail as “Most Difficult,” as it gets more difficult the closer to the lake you get.  For more information visit the Forest Service at http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/carson/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=44354&actid=50 The photos below are from this afternoon’s hike about 1 mile in before turning around. The hike was leisurely and quite easy because we headed back before reaching the difficult sections of the trail. Below we’re showcasing the “little things” you might notice along the way. Click images to...

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Red River Hiking Trails

Red River Hiking Trails

  Life as we know it can be very hectic, fast-paced, and typically keeps us starved for tranquility and bottled up in an office somewhere – so much so, that a person becomes hungry for a quiet outdoor setting in which to take respite and revitalize, if even for a day or two. The Carson National Forest that surrounds Red River can fill your plate with magic! It is part of the entire forest covering 1.5 million acres, ranging from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak (the highest in New Mexico and reachable from Red River). In all, 86,193 acres of the entire forest is pure wilderness (land set aside as part of wild America, accessible only by foot or horse). Recreational opportunities are unlimited. The magnificent mountain scenery and cool summer temperatures have lured vacationers to Red River for years of peace and quiet, for fishing, hunting, camping, and hiking. There are countless trails throughout the forest for you to explore, regardless of your age or...

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Hike Big Arsenic Trail

Hike Big Arsenic Trail

  Location: Big Arsenic Springs at the Wild Rivers Area. Descent: 653 feet Distance: 2 miles Duration: 3 hours roundtrip Level: Moderate to Strenous. Sights: Big Springs/Oasis, Petroglyphs. Directions: 45 minute drive from Red River to Big Arsenic trailhead. Turn right onto NM Hwy 522 at Questa. Drive approximately 3 miles until you see NM Hwy 138 and turn left. Follow signs to Wild Rivers area and Big Arsenic trail. Ranger led hikes begin at 9:00 a.m. every Saturday and is...

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Hike Middlefork Lake Trail

Hike Middlefork Lake Trail

  Drive towards the Red River Upper Valley on Hwy 578 until you reach the end of the pavement (about 6.5 miles). Once you reach the end of the pavement, you will notice a brown recreation sign. Follow the arrow to the right. If you cross a bridge on the left, you are going the wrong direction! Drive about 1 mile to a parking area. The road is very rough so drive slowly so as not to damage your vehicle. The trailhead begins to the left of the parking area. This hike begins at an elevation of 9,600 ft. and climbs to 10,845 ft. at the lake. Length: 2 Miles each way Difficulty:...

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