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Red River, New Mexico: Re-enchanting a
new generation staff
Red River, New Mexico has
long been a favorite vacation spot, enticing families to return again
and again, year after year. What makes a town of only four-hundred or
so in population so popular?
That is easy; because some things never
go out of style; like the friendly towns-folk greeting you as you pass
them on the street, or good old-fashion hospitality, and the earthy
people who own, operate, and manage the quaint businesses in this
charming old-west mountain town at over eighty-seven hundred feet
For anyone familiar with Red River, little else need be
said. If you are not familiar with Red River, New Mexico, then read on
because once you visit Red River, you are in for a lifetime of
exhilarating memories binding your buds to the taste of the little village
at the top of the Enchanted Circle.
There are two ways to enter Red River: from Eagle Nest to the southeast or
from Questa to the west. The most exciting gateway is from Eagle Nest, for
once you leave Cimarron, your journey into the woods begins (but do try to
fill up before reaching Cimarron). A windy ascent takes you high into the
Sangre de Cristos toward the pass at Eagle Nest. Once reaching Eagle Nest,
you will find a beautiful, tranquil lake languishing amongst small motels,
inns, cabins and restaurants. Eagle Nest is charming, but keep driving,
you are almost there.
Next stop: Red River. Winding your way down from the pass at Eagle Nest,
you will at once come upon the stunning view that is the village of Red
River. Powerful peaks like Wheeler, the highest point in New Mexico,
surround you. Catch your breath and drive on down.
Red River is not the kind of
destination to rely upon walk-ins, so be sure you have checked with
our Guidebook America, Red River, New Mexico members for lodging
before you make your descent.
There are a variety of lodging types to
choose from; quaint riverside cabins, multi-story condos near the base
of the ski area, and mom-and-pop-motels.
Rustic, warm, with a real old-west atmosphere, the Lodge
proved a perfect base from which to explore the main strip of town where
most everything is located. The Lodge also features both a full-service
restaurant and lounge. Additionally, there are many other dining
establishments, and even a couple of saloons, like The Mother-lode (also
owned by The Lodge), and the Bull Oí the Woods Saloon, places where you
might hear the likes of Michael Martin Murphey. Looking out from the
second-story balcony at The Lodge, one can gaze upon the passers-by, the
town-folk, while even imagining the rough and rowdy crowd that first
frequented the little mining town in the late eighteen hundreds.
An early morning rising meets with
the wonderful aroma of coffee, while misty clouds rise off the
mountain-tops, and the sun begins to make its way into Red River.
daytime activities, in summer one will find a host of family fun
awaiting like taking the ski chair to the top of the mountain,
go-carts, horse-back riding, jeep tours and rentals, bicycling,
fishing, hiking, even mechanical bull riding if you think you can hang
If you have a four-wheel drive, make the
trek to Goose Lake for some of the best fishing around. The folks at
Williamís Trading Post were kind enough to fill us in on the doís and
doníts before attempting to ďgo up Goose.Ē While stopped at Williamís, we
discovered it was a great place to cover all of our needs; we purchased
the supplies we needed as well as all the souvenirs we could carry back to
Day trips in the Red River area are worth the outing. Taos is a mere
twenty-eight miles, where you will find the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos
Pueblo (www.taospueblo.com), art galleries, shopping and more. Allow a
full day if possible for the Pueblo, they open at eight a.m.
Winter activities bring the thrill of down-hill skiing at Red River Ski
Area, or cross-country skiing at the Enchanted Forest located in Bobcat
Pass. Snow-mobiling, or just a leisurely stroll, will get you where you
need to go in this all-about-town destination.
If you like late-night dining and
night-life, skip Red River, it is not for the fast paced.
Great place for the family; voted number one by the Guidebook America
kidís team for fun, entertainment, and kid-friendly lodging. Just read
the guest-book at
Bring snacks for late-night.
Shop places like Williamís Trading
Post, located off the main drag; although selection may not be as wide,
the cost is less.
Red River is dog-friendly. Check with
the lodging proprietor first, but many Red River establishments,
including The Lodge at Red River, will welcome Spot or Rover.
Bundle up and enjoy!
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