If you like a summer vacation that’s equal parts stunning scenery, physical activity, soul-refreshing relaxation and just plain fun for the entire family, you might want to consider booking a trip to Red River, New Mexico.
Besides the gorgeous weather in Red River, let’s take a look at just a few of the many reasons you’ll be glad you visited this wonderful mountain destination:
One: Memorable hikes and walks.
Don’t let the word “hiking” fool you-you don’t have to be a champion walker to enjoy a hike in Red River. Regardless of whether or not you like to take long or short treks, the opportunities in this area are as numerous as they are visually breathtaking, offering the chance to explore everything from woods to mountains to wildflowers and more. Some of the most popular hiking trails are:
The Red River Nature Trail: A two-mile trail between Red River and Goose Lake that is perfect for nature lovers.
Columbine Trail: Your visit to this trail should also include a stop at beautiful Aspen Park, which features picnic areas. Columbine Trail also offers sections of trail that are ideal for beginners as well as those who enjoy doing a little climbing.
Wild Rivers Recreation Area: Located near Questa, New Mexico, this destination features a number of fun and interesting trails, some of them relatively new: The Pescado Trail, which ends up at the Red River Fish Hatchery; the Riconada Loop, which takes you along the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge; and the Big Arsenic Trail, which offers the chance to explore numerous petroglyphs (rock carvings).
Two: Horseback Riding
Horseback riding is a very popular pastime in Red River for locals and tourists alike, and for good reason: People of all ages and experience levels can enjoy the activity, and it gives you the chance to take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world via a memorable mode of transportation. Guided trip opportunities range from short treks for people with limited or no horseback experience, to all-day trips through high-mountain terrain for more experienced riders.
Three: Day Trips
What’s more fun than working in a side trip or two to your main vacation? Places you can visit from your home base in Red River include:
The Enchanted Forest Scenic Byway Tour (which includes a view of the highest peak in New Mexico, a visit to a local artisan cooperative, and visits to Taos, Angel Fire, and Elizabethtown)
The High Road Scenic Byway (which includes the opportunity to visit remote mountain villages known for their Spanish colonial roots)
Cumbres & Toltec Railroad (which features a steam train ride through the 10,022-foot-high Cumbres Pass and the 1,100-foot-deep Toltec Gorge).
Four: Shopping, dining, live music and more
Red River may be a small town, but don’t be fooled-there are plenty of opportunities for dancing, dining, shopping, and enjoying an adult beverage or two. Some of the spots you’ll want to investigate include the Motherlode Saloon, Sundance Mexican Restaurant, The Hideout, Calamity Jane’s Gift Shop, and Darcy’s Massage and Spa Therapy.
Five: Special Events
Festivals and special events are an important part of the Red River culture. On deck for this summer is the River and Brews Music Festival, the 4th of July Parade, the Classic Car Show and the Buckaroo Ball-and all are excellent choices for vacationing couples and families alike.