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Geo-Caching 101

  Red River is proud to be part of this “game of high-tech hide and seek”, an exciting outdoor adventure that is sweeping across the planet. What is Geochaching, you ask? It is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to “hide and seek” containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with pen or pencil), where the geocacher enters the date they found it and highlights of their adventure. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammo boxes can also...

Star Gazing around Red River

  The mission of Geoff Goins, owner/operator of Night Sky Adventures, is to bring the wonders of the night sky and universe to everyone. An amateur astronomer for over 30 years, he has been providing public night sky interpretive tours for over 19 years for such clients as the Bureau of Land Management, the Town of Red River, Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico State Parks, National Parks, Philmont Scout Ranch, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Youth Groups, Camps, B&B’s, Baylor Mountain High Camp for head injured adults and as a ranger for the National Park Service. His website is...

Yurt under the Stars

  Great news – the yurt camping that became available a couple of winters ago is now also available in summer. Looking back to its origins: On a Saturday night in early December, Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area owner Geoff Goins camped in his new yurt with his wife and co-owner Ellen. “We took a starlight hike out to the Pièce de Résistance and the Milky Way just blanketed the sky. We hardly used the headlamp. The snow reflected just enough light that it was almost like a moonlight hike. Jupiter shown bright in the sky and Orion was just rising in the east.” Goins —...

Geotourism Project Offers World-Wide Possibilities

  If you’ve never heard the term Geotourism, it’s probably because it’s a relatively new term, with the word being coined in 1997 and introduced to the world at a tourism conference in 2002. Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place such as its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. With that definition in mind, a meeting to discuss the National Geographic Geotourism Project was held November 30 at the Red River Conference Center. Roberta Salazar, North Central New Mexico Coordinator for the project, conducted the meeting which saw eight attendees. Four Corners Region residents, which includes...

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