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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 Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

    Its official title is Nordic Skiing, but it is known far and wide by the simple and more descriptive name of Cross Country Skiing. Its popularity is growing in the USA and on the North American continent, and it’s popular worldwide. In some countries, a Cross Country race will draw 100,000+ people! Check out the next Winter Olympic Games in the mountains of South Korea in 2018! The word “ski” comes from the Old Norse word which means “stick of wood.” How’s that for a straight-forward definition that is on the mark! It is believed to have originated as a technique for traveling cross-country over snow on skis in Scandinavia. It may have been practiced before the birth of Christ. Like many winter activities, cross-country skiing evolved from being a practical means of transportation and a tool for working folks, to eventually becoming a world-wide recreational activity and sport. The Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Area was founded by Red River’s John and Judy Miller, who...

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Enchanted Forest – A Magical Adventure

Enchanted Forest – A Magical Adventure

  Where else would you expect to find an Enchanted Forest if not on the famous Enchanted Circle of Northern New Mexico? It is indeed a magical place. Ask anyone who has traversed the 30K+ of ski trails and 18K of snowshoe trails through 1,400 acres of the Kit Carson National Forest. They’ll tell you of the spectacular vistas and amazing trails that meander through large aspen groves, wide-open meadows, and past the oldest of the old-growth forests in the area. There’s also a separate, groomed 5K network for dogs accompanied, of course, by their pet people. The EFXC area sports a full-rental shop of performance skis and snowshoes. Child tow-sled rentals are also available. Entry-level backcountry camping in a big yurt can be had about a mile from the base area, furnished with wood stove, wood, kitchen supplies, and bunk beds (sleeps five, but bring your own sleeping bags). You can rent a sled and tow your gear, or snowmobile delivery can be arranged. New this year is...

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