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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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Horseback Rides

Horseback Rides

  Horses have always been an attraction in Red River – the terrain is absolutely perfect for it. With a multitude of trails throughout the local mountains, people of all ages – no matter the skill-set – will get a glimpse of a time when cowboys roamed on horseback – their only mode of transportation. All it takes is just one ride to understand why the horse was so crucial in developing this territory – transporting you back to the Old Wild West days. Whether you walk on over to the Red River Stables or hop in the car for a very short drive up the mountain to Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures, you are in for a real treat. One of the most popular horse ventures in Red River is Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures at the top of Bobcat Pass, with extended rides from one hour up to five and seven-day pack trips available in September when the fishing and scenery in the high country are truly spectacular. Take...

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