Secluded Southern Rocky Mountain Cabins That You Didn’t Know Existed

Secluded Southern Rocky Mountain Cabins That You Didn’t Know Existed

After a challenging year, the right prescription may just be to get off the grid and breathe. Whether you are a winter enthusiast or want to explore the great outdoors during any time of the year, the Southern Rocky Mountains in North East New Mexico are beckoning you. If you’re thinking about a family-get-away, an excursion with friends or a couple’s romantic hide-away, you can find perfect Rocky Mountain Cabins to suit your needs. Two of our favorite locales are Red River and Angel Fire.

Remote Cabins in Beautiful Red River, New Mexico

 

The perfect balance of outdoor recreation and relaxation awaits you in the mountain town of Red River. These featured Rocky Mountain Cabins are well appointed with full kitchens, sprawling living rooms and set among pristine mountain slopes lined with douglas firs and pines.

Moon River

This home has five bedrooms to accommodate 15 guests with amazing views, well appointed kitchen with granite counter tops and three bathrooms. As you walk into this home your eyes will gravitate the vaulted high ceilings and open concept with panoramic views. The living room has a L shaped couch perfect for a large group! Plenty of room to cozy up by the gas fireplace and play games with the whole family while looking out all the large windows facing the river with the mountains. Book This Property

Camp Lil Henry

Camp Lil Henry is a cute two bedroom, two bathroom cabin in the Summit! Located right on Main Street on the East side of town making this cabin one of the best vacation rental destinations. You are just feet away from the nearest shops, and blocks from the nearest restaurants. You will find the Master bedroom complete with a Queen bed, TV and private full bathroom with a washer/dryer. Travel down the front hallway on the other side of the kitchen and it will lead you to the guest bedroom furnished with a Queen bed, TV and full bathroom. This home offers free WiFi for guests to enjoy during their stay. Book This Property

Running Bear River Lodge

Formerly a bed and breakfast, this lodge style luxury home features 9 differently themed bedrooms and 8 1/2 baths to accommodate up to 24 guests. New stainless steel appliances, a butcher block island, 2 crockpots, a wok, 3 coffee pots, supplied complimentary spices and a new Keurig (bring your own K-cups) plus plenty of cookware ensure lots of tasteful meal opportunities. The dining room, with its 5 tables and lots of chairs, allows for cozy family meals. Open the windows to enjoy the refreshingly clean mountain air and the sound of the rushing river as you drift off to sleep in this enormous home with a cozy, intimate feeling, just a few blocks away from the ski lift and Main Street. Book This Property

Mountain Cabins With Breathtaking Views in Angel Fire

Angel Fire is a village in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. It’s home to Angel Fire Resort, with ski slopes and terrain parks, plus a summer mountain-bike park and zip line. Located off the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway you will find your dream cabin with spectacular views.

Angel Flight

Welcome to Angel Flight, a custom log home designed to resemble a majestic eagle preparing to take flight. The beautiful log home is sure to please! This unique home features three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and two half baths. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace with amazing views! At night the ceiling of the living room lights up with a constellation of stars, which continues onto the outside deck. The kitchen has everything needed to cook the perfect meal. The breakfast bar seats up to three and the dining room table seats an additional six. Enjoy relaxing in the hot tub while taking in magnificent views. Book This Property

Blue Aspen 1

If you are looking for amazing views with a modern luxury edge, this home is for you. This family-friendly, ski-in/ski-out, three-bedroom/two and half bath home is the perfect getaway. The Headin’ Home ski run is just a short walk where you can easily ski down to the Chili Express! Accommodates 8 guests and the kids will love the built-in bunk beds that comfortably sleep four. The upstairs master bedroom calls for relaxation with a queen-size bed, amazing artwork, and a stunning view. The en-suite master bathroom will be sure to amaze with a walk-in shower along with his and her sinks. Ease your mind while you lounge in the living room sipping a glass of wine from the conveniently located wine bar. Use the built-in wine fridge to keep your wine at the perfect temperature and be sure to take advantage of the “take a bottle, leave a bottle”! The open kitchen is equipped with all the modern appliances you need to create your favorite gourmet meal. The open living and dining area offers a beautiful view of the mountain tops. Feel like you are on top of the world when you walk out onto the deck, complete with a BBQ grill, fireplace, and spectacular views! Be taken away to Blue Aspen 1, where the sky and relaxation truly meet. Book This Property

Aspen Condo

Welcome to Aspen Condo at Wheeler Peak Lodge. This new, two-bedroom/two full bathroom condominium accommodates up to 10 guests and is the perfect getaway! Aspen Condo has a luxurious feel along with the modern comforts of home. The kitchen has all of the necessities needed to cook the perfect meal. The dining room table can seat up to six. The living room is complete with a beautiful rock gas fireplace and Dish TV. It also has extra sleeping with two queen sleeper sofas. A full bathroom in the hall, and a convenient washer/dryer. The master bedroom has a king bed with an en-suite bathroom, along with a private balcony. Book This Property

Outdoor Mountain Adventures

 

Whether your wanderlust adventures take you to Red River or Angel Fire, you will find a wide range of outdoor activities for every season. Skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snowmobiling will delight the snow hound in you. Or, if you gravitate towards warmer temperature outdoor activities you will not be disappointed. This region offers something for everyone including hiking, mountain biking, horseback excursions, white water rafting, fly fishing, golf and leisurely scenic drives and strolls through town. Find more information on things to do in the Enchanted Circle, NM.

Make Your Rocky Mountain Adventure Seamless with Tailored Stay Pre-arrival Stocked Grocery Delivery and Custom Celebration Packages

 

Both Angelfire Resort and Red River Vacation rentals have partnered with Tailored Stay so you can skip a trip to the grocery store and have your curated list of groceries, household items, baby and pet necessities delivered and stocked in your rental before you arrive. If your adventure includes celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event, Tailored Stay will assist you with your customized special celebration packages. Make memories from the moment you arrive without a trip to the store.

Go On, Get Off The Grid in 2021

If you have the itch to Take Back Your Vacation, look no further than Southern Rocky Mountains Cabins in Angel Fire and Red River New Mexico. The scenic views, outdoor activities and mountain air will rejuvenate your spirit. Relax, explore and enjoy.

Vacation Deals And Packages For Your Last Minute Weekend Getaway

Vacation Deals And Packages For Your Last Minute Weekend Getaway

Mountain Cabin Specials For Your Winter Getaway

 

Ah, 2021 couldn’t come fast enough and for most of us that literally means a change in scenery. With Zoom parameters suffocatingly closing in on us, endlessly slathering together peanut butter sandwiches and double checking homework assignments between trips to the mailbox, most of us are in need of a well deserved break.

 

Whether you are looking for a unique weekend getaway or longer term remote/work travel in the mountains, Tailored Stay and our partners are prepared to give you some exclusive last minute travel deals and personalized vacation packages for your socially distanced winter escape.

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Vacation Deals

 

Check your pulse against nature in the beautiful remote mountain town of Red River. Here time stands still. You can expect to get within yards of gently grazing white tail deer on the Main St. of downtown. Ski slopes and snowmobiling activities are open but it’s best to check out 2021 restrictions and order your tickets online ahead of time. What To Expect On Your 2021 Ski Vacation

 

The real magic of Red River though is how sublime the scenery is. Crisp sunlight bounces off the snow and pierces through cool mountain air. Like a jewel beset by diamonds, Red River sits lovingly in the Moreno Valley surrounded on all sides by mountains. Somehow, deep within, it takes hold of you and once you’ve visited we dare you not want to go back time and time again.

Pristine group accommodations are available in the heavily wooded Upper Valley. Book Wine Down Riverside, starting at $250 a night for your group of 12. Make it a staycation and get 10% off for bookings of 7 nights or more. WiFi is available for remote school or work. 

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Looking to be closer to the slopes? Check out Red River Valley Condos featuring outdoor hot tubs, full kitchens for meal prep and located just a short distance from the ski basin. Book now to get your 4th night FREE. Contact Tailored Stay for custom welcome packages like a charcuterie board and wine when you arrive or order our Airbn’ Breakfast Package with one click for all of your breakfast needs. 

 

Vacation Properties in Angel Fire, NM

Just up the road and on the other side of Wheeler Peak is the alpine appointed village of Angel Fire. Here cotton candy sunsets flank the San De Cristo Mountains. Average snowfalls are over 200 inches and the sun shines 272 days of the year. Sprawling cabins line the gently rolling slopes overlooking the Angel Fire Ski Resort and Country Club. 

 

At the village parameter lie immaculate Rocky Mountain trails for exploration by mountain bike, sleigh rides and cowboy style caravans. Find sledding hills on the grounds of the Country Club or don your parka and set out for a fantastic day of snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Angel Fire is a tried and true family winter destination where there’s some kind of adventure for everyone!.

Accommodations range from luxury living in the Alpha Echo Retreat with a gourmet kitchen, game room and hot tub to pet-friendly lodging at Cedars 9 just five blocks from the slopes!

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Book early or late March for some of the best prices of the season!

Taos Ski Valley Specials

Probably the most widely known winter destination in Northern New Mexico is Taos Ski Valley. European inspired architecture sets the foreground before the majestic Kachina Peak. Skiing and snowboarding terrain range from beginner to expert with a dramatic climb of the nation’s fourth highest lift-served summit at 12,450 feet. 

Other winter activities include sledding near the Edelweiss Lodge, snowmobiling with Taos Ski Valley Snowmobile Tours and guided backcountry cross-country ski excursions through epic forests.

 

After a day of all that fresh air you are going to want to wind down by the fire with tasty no hassle treats. Choose from a S’mores inspired Cabin Fever Package, pre-order all the fixings for tacos or your favorite easy to make winter family meals. See recipes and skip the stores when you order groceries from Tailored Stay.

Visit Taos Ski Valley for a full list of lodging and vacation deals!

 Here’s to seeing you on the other side of the Rockies!

How to Make to Most of Your 2021 Ski Vacation

How to Make to Most of Your 2021 Ski Vacation

Ski Tips During The Pandemic

How to Make the Most of Your 2020-2021 Ski Season Vacation

Whether you are a novice or advanced skier, swooshing down the slopes in the great outdoors is an exhilarating experience. And while the experience may be a little bit different this year, the slopes still beckon, and there are some easy ways to navigate your ski and snowboarding activities. Knowing what to expect before you hit the slopes will greatly lend to having an awesome time on the powder.

Lift Ticket Reservations and Dates

This season, most ski resorts are only selling lift tickets online. Some resorts may require or suggest advanced purchase if they have capacity standards, and same day lift ticket purchases could be limited. Before you purchase lift tickets online, check with your chosen ski resort to learn about their refund policy if your plans should change for your designated date(s).

Ski and Board Equipment Rentals

Resorts are still offering equipment rentals but may require you to schedule a rental appointment. Renting equipment is an easy process, but it does take a little time. Depending on what equipment you’re renting, the shop experts will assess your level of experience, boot size, and height in order to give you equipment that’s perfect for you. Whether it’s ensuring your ski poles are the proper length or assisting you with Alpine and Cross Country skis and snowboard fittings, the pros will take excellent care of you and your crew.

Helmet Rentals

Rental services are still offering helmet rentals. Should you choose to rent a helmet, you may want to inquire about their disinfection procedures or consider buying a helmet.

Ski and Snowboarding Clothing

Many of the resort retail ski shops specializing in jackets, ski suits, hats, gloves, socks, and accessories may have limited customer capacity. If you cannot bring your own outdoor wear with you, consider reviewing the ski shop’s hours before your arrival so you can shop at your own pace.

Dining and Après Ski

Many resorts have expanded their outdoor venues to accommodate social distancing space for dining and après-ski relaxation. Knowing the dining and bar establishments’ capacity limitations in advance will help you plan accordingly and have a better overall experience. In some cases reservations may be required. If you intend to dine out while you’re on the slopes, consider going to a restaurant before or after the lunch and dinner rush.

Be Prepared and Take Masks With You

This season, resorts are mandating masks. They will be required in all indoor establishments or stores you enter…even for a trip to a restroom. And while it is safe to assume the resorts will be selling masks, plan ahead and bring an ample supply to the slopes in case one goes astray. If you are skiing with children, you may want to consider putting their masks in individual zip lock baggies with their name on it so you can keep them separated before and after each wear.

Make the Most of Your Winter Excursion

If ever there was a winter season to hit the slopes, this is it. It will still be a fun adventure, just a little bit different. The amount you know and can prepare in advance for your trip, the smoother it will be to enjoy a great vacation and a lifetime memory.

Never Stop Exploring: Next Up The Enchanted Circle, NM

Never Stop Exploring: Next Up The Enchanted Circle, NM

 Just How Magical is the Enchanted Circle of New Mexico?

 

Magical enough to make you feel off the grid and get a break from it all. 

 

When most people think of New Mexico, they picture rock formations, adobes and deserts. It may surprise you to learn that the Northeastern region of New Mexico sits amidst the heavily wooded most Southern peaks of the Rockies.

It’s a little known secret that Texans and Oklahomans have descended on for decades. They’ve been coming to escape the heat, celebrate Fall and enjoy less crowded slopes than you’d find skiing in neighboring Colorado. Here, in the region lovingly named the Enchanted Circle, the towns of Red River, Eagle Nest, Angel Fire and Taos are brimming with Douglas Firs, Ponderosas and Aspens. Summer hiking trails accompany streams lined with wildflowers. In winter, expect fresh snow and above-average doses of sunshine. This combination makes the Enchanted Circle of New Mexico the perfect playground in the Rockies for things to do year-round

Imagine waking to the breathtaking panorama of mountains shrouded in the morning sun. Take your coffee outside and sit in the peaceful expose of untouched nature. You’re likely to see bald eagles, deer, elk, longhorn sheep and even a bear or two in the twilight hours.

 

 

It’s a little piece of heaven in the corner of New Mexico, a place so rich in history and natural wonders that will make you question why you’ve never ventured here before.

 

The Rich History of Red River

 

For over a century, southerners have been vacationing in the charming once-mining town that we’ve come to know and love as beautiful Red River. Named for the cold clear river that carries mud of a reddish hue as it trickles down the  Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Red River became a hot spot for gold miners in the late 1800s. Some of the early prospectors like the Malette brothers of Ft. Garland, Colorado, took up permanent residence here and established the Willow Placer Mining Claim at the western end of the Valley. 

 

Two of the brothers, Orin and Ver Malette built Anglo-American style log cabins that still stand today. The architecture was typical of early Anglo-American structures consisting of a pen (4-sided structure) and either accompanying a shed or spanned by a breezeway. Click here for a full list of historical sites in Red River, NM.

 

Unfortunately, like many early mining towns the gold and silver trade began to dry up. For Red River, however, that didn’t mean an end to the flourishing town. Vacationers from neighboring states had begun to seek out summer refuge in the cool mountains as early as 1905. With a little help from local newspapers like the Albuquerque and the Red River Miner which portrayed Red River ‘as a natural trout fishing paradise and a great way to escape the summer heat.’ 

 More importantly, they noted that locals were friendly and made travelers feel welcome which still rings true today.
Welcome Red River,NM
Red River, NM

Red River, unlike other early mining towns like Elizabethtown which once flourished on the other side of Wheeler Peak, remains a sought-out destination with many accommodations for summer and winter attractions. Couples, friends and families continue to flock here to ski, fish, hike or simply connect with nature. Red River sits in a pristine valley flanked on all sides by mountain slopes. Breathtaking peaks dotted with Silver and Blue Spruce trees make a sublime backdrop for the charming shops and eateries that line Main Street, the lively hub of town.  

 

As far as we’re concerned, you’d be hard-pressed to find many other spots this naturally breathtaking in the continental US.

 

Eagle Nest & The Legacy  of The Laguna Vista Hotel

Just 17 miles Southwest of Red River, lies the small town of Eagle Nest. Known for its storied past of gambling and gangsters, Eagle Nest sits in the flatlands of Moreno Valley, in between Baylor and Wheeler Peaks. Situated on the shores of Eagle Nest Lake, it’s home to some of the best Angler fishing around. 

 

Legend has it that gangsters such as Billy the Kid, Clay Allison and Black Jack Ketchum used to pass through here on the way to and from Santa Fe. In 1898 a hotel was erected in the center of town. Originally named El Monte, the hotel fast became a hotspot for traveling dignitaries, gangsters and gambling. Gunfights would often break out in the streets. While right up the road in Cimarron, the St. James hotel, is also rumored to have housed these gangsters and was reputedly a place of  Wild West shootouts and nefarious gatherings.  

Eagle Nest Lake NM
Laguna Vista Eagles Nest, NM

El Monte flourished during the 20s and 30s when its name was changed to the Laguna Vista Lodge. The lively western saloon, complete with a swinging door and brothel rooms above, was a very popular resting spot between Santa Fe and Raton. From the early decades of the hotel’s existence, stories of ghosts and paranormal activities have been handed down through the years.

 

Most famously, there is said to be the ghost of a young woman who had checked in for her wedding, but her groom left and never returned. It is thought that she is still waiting to this day. 

 

Today the Laguna Vista boasts recently renovated guest rooms, meeting spaces and spacious private cabins. A full-service restaurant complete with an outdoor BBQ and patio venue which hosts anything from weddings, live performances and festivals. Find events and room deals when you book direct.

 

Read More About Paranormal Activities at Laguna Vista Lodge .

Angel Fire Translated From Fires of Angels

Angel Fire, NM

 

What Angel Fire lacks in cowboy history, it makes up for in refinements. Centered around a Country Club offering golf, entertainment and nightlife, Angel Fire is also home to Angel Fire Resort. Known for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, the resort is a haven for mountain bike enthusiasts in the summer.

 

Family-oriented with activities for any skill level, Angel Fire offers a plethora of options from ziplining to winter tubing. The resort which was built on a cattle pasture in 1966 is surrounded today with luxury mountain cabins. Arresting views of Wheeler Peak and winding mountain roads provide all the natural seclusion of a great mountain getaway.  

 

Although not haunted, Angel Fire is not without the possession of a mysterious hotel. The Grande was built in 2010 and never opened. It includes a sauna, penthouse like suites, two-person ski lodges and banquet rooms. The future of The Grande is yet to be determined.

 

Lastly, Taos & Taos Ski Valley. While the two have similar names they couldn’t be more different.

Enjoy Alpine Influence in the Taos Ski Valley 

 

In the Ski Valley the European descent of founder, Ernie Blake can be seen in the charming Bavarian architecture and Alpine influence of some of the earliest residents. After securing land from the well-heeled Patterson family, Ernie opened the first ski run in 1957. A slew of visitors and need for housing eventually led to the Taos Ski Valley becoming its own municipality in 1996.

 

With the European feel, upscale homes and 12,000 foot slopes, Taos Ski Valley remains authentically charming, bringing in Tycoons and families alike.  Host to National ski and snowboarding championships, Taos Ski Valley attracts visitors from all across the world.

 

Taos Ski Valley
Taos Ski Valley, NM

Unleash Your Inner Artist in Taos

 

Taos is mostly known for its artist community and a bit of the ‘stay weird’ culture that you find in Austin. Most restaurants and lodgings are proprietary locally-owned venues that heavily reflect the New Mexico culture. Some of our favorite galleries in Taos include:

 

Pro Tip: The local food is hatch chiles so make sure you get some when you’re there.

 

Taos is a progressive city, with a strong sense of community. Here locals are embedded in support of the generations of artists, writers and performers that flock here. Some famous Taos residents over the years include: fashion-icon Millicent Rogers, artist Georgia O’Keeffe, actress Julia Roberts, actor Dennis Hopper and photographer Ansel Adams.

 

Taos Art

Image: Pat Woodall Fine Art

The alluring nature and weather throughout the Enchanted Circle brings people from all over traveling there over and over again. With an abundance of things to do year round, Red River, Eagle’s Nest, Angel Fire, Taos Ski Valley and Taos resurrect themselves each day before the blood red peaks of the Sangre Cristo Mountains. You’ll be met with crisp mountain air and the peaceful sounds that can only be provided by nature.

 

What are you waiting for? Aren’t you ready to be enchanted? 

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Gold, Gangsters & Ghosts: A Spooky Halloween Ride Through the Scenic Enchanted Bi-Way NM

Gold, Gangsters & Ghosts: A Spooky Halloween Ride Through the Scenic Enchanted Bi-Way NM

Ready, Set DRIVE! A Haunted Halloween Ride Through New Mexico’s Wild West

When it comes to haunted Halloween excursions, driving the scenic Enchanted Circle of New Mexico is considered to be one of the best. Preferred stopping grounds for the likes of legendary gangsters like Billy the Kid, Clay Allison and the gang of Black Jack Ketchum give it some real historical grit. Settled by prospectors in the late 1800s and home to a not-so-notorious serial killer, stories of the past are fueled by passion, heartache and mayhem.

 

Stop 1 The Site of Historic Elizabethtown 

Consider it’s 1869. You and your family have made it through the treacherous mountain pass to a place called Elizabethtown, a thriving gold-mining camp on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The literal translation of Sangre de Christo is ‘the blood of Christ’ giving it an ominous setting right from the start. 

The town itself has a strong community by this time with a church and a schoolhouse. In fact, it is the first town incorporated in all of New Mexico.  Like many Wild West communities, nights are fraught with drinking, gambling and prostitution. There are many saloons to choose from, dance halls and even two hotels. 

 

Elizabethtown, NM

Image: Courtesy of New Mexico Nomad.

Elizabethtown New Mexico 1939

Image: Elizabethtown remnants of mine in 1939.

The lumberyard and gold-mining industries bring prosperity while enticing adventurous souls, train robbers and gangsters. One such group is the posse of famed outlaw Black Jack Ketchum. He and his crew have been responsible for dozens of train robberies and murders throughout the late 1800s. Their rugged lifestyle first goes unnoticed by the population of Elizabethtown, as they show up at dance halls, on nice horses, behaving as gentlemen and claiming to be cowboys. More than one mesmerized girl becomes heartbroken when she finds out the truth. 

Serial Killer in the Mountains

 

Over the years it’s been noted that a few travelers have ventured out on the road leading to Taos, never to be seen again. A man by the name of Charles Kennedy operates a rest stop on the road providing dinner and beds. From 1856 to 1871 it is unknown how many ‘guests’ Kennedy murders. Usually, it happens when they are sleeping and he robs them of their belongings. Numbers have it at between 15 – 100 victims and while some remains have been recovered, no one will ever know what the real number is. 

While the details of the story are based on rumors, it is thought that Kennedy’s luck runs out one night when a traveler joins him, his wife Rosa and 9-year-old son at the dinner table. The traveler asks if there are many Indians in the area.

 The innocent 9-year old replies, ‘“can’t you smell the one Papa put under the floor?”’

Charles is outraged. He shoots his guest and kills his own son by bashing his skull in on the fireplace. Evidence later supports the loss of life. 

 

Clay Allison

Rosa is locked up in the house but once Kennedy passes out from heavy drinking, she manages to escape from the chimney. From there, beaten and bleeding, she journeys the 15 miles to a saloon in Elizabethtown where she tells her story to townspeople. Clay Allison and David Crocket (nephew of frontiersman Davey Crocket) listen in.

 

Clay leads the raid to Kennedy’s house where a heavily inebriated Kennedy is arrested and put in jail. When the corrupt judge considers letting Kennedy’s lawyer buy his freedom, Clay Allison takes the law into his own hands. He and his friends storm the jail, break Kennedy out and from there sever his head in a gruesome fashion. It is said that Kennedy’s head was on public display possibly on a pike outside of Lambert’s Saloon for a year. 

 

There are old men and women who remember tales told of this place. They say that of a night, when wind rustles a thousand leaves and the moon becomes hidden behind scudding clouds, the screams of the dying can be heard. That the smell of burning flesh permeates all things, and walking in search is a body that has no head

You can visit Charles Kennedy’s tombstone at the site of Elizabethtown today. The inscription reads: ‘Came to his death by hanging by parties unknown’.

Unfortunately, not much of Elizabethtown remains today. Like many mining towns, the gold dried up. In addition, a deadly fire in 1903 destroyed all but a few of the town’s buildings. A true Wild West ghost town, now owned by the Mutz family of the former Mutz family hotel in Elizabethtown (succumbed to the fire) there are few structures standing. 

Charles Kennedy

Image: Kennedy’s grave lies outside of the Catholic Cemetery.

You can explore the stone remains of the hotel, visit the E-Town museum and cemetery or explore the site in-person via horseback or ATV.

Stop 3 Haunted St. James Hotel in Cimarron

While technically not part of the Enchanted Circle, Cimarron lies just 29 miles Southeast of Elizabethtown. One of the most reckless and haunted places of NorthEastern New Mexico, your Halloween journey wouldn’t be complete without it.

 

Home to the storied St, James Hotel, Cimarron has been the site of a lot of lawlessness throughout the years. Characters like Buffalo Bill Cody, Earp Brothers, Annie Oakley, Jesse James and Black Jack Ketchum were known to stay here. Many people died within its walls and on the streets surrounding the hotel.

 

St. James Hotel Cimarron, NM

Image: Courtyard of storied St. James Hotel of Cimarron, NM.

Cimarron played a crucial role in the famed Colfax County War over the Maxwell Land Grant. The government land grant, owned by the Maxwell Mining Company refused to parse out land to settlers, deeming them ‘squatters’. Tensions came to a head when the respected Reverend Franklin J. Toby was shot and killed in September of 1875. Cruz Vega, the man accused (but never proven) of killing him, was tortured and killed on the way to tell the judge what he knew about the case.  Before he died though he called out a third actor as the murderer, Manuel Carderos who was also mysteriously found dead before he could testify. Some think that the notorious Santa Fe Ring, who had a stake in the Maxwell Grant ordered some of the killings. 

 From a news article by Weekly New Mexico dated 16 Nov. 1875.  

 

 

Haunted Bar St James Hotel Cimarron
Image: Bar at the haunted St. James *You can still see over 20 bullet holes in the original ceiling.

 

For the past week Cimarron has been more or less in a complete state of anarchy growing out of the excitement incident to the late murder of Rev. Tolby, and lynching on the night of the 30th Oct., of Cruz Vega charged with complicity in the same; -aggravated by the killing of Francisco Griego, three days later, by Allison of Red River. On Sunday the telegraph was employed most of the day in dealing further excitement an anarchy starting as we gather among the friends of the lynched man. It is charged by the reaction party or mob that before the death of the lynched man he stated that other persons were implicated in the murder including some of the best cititzens of Colfax County.

 

Today you can order food and drinks in the bar which still showcases the markings of 27 bullet holes. Book a room but be wary of room 18 where a hotel guest was grizzly murdered. Visitors to the St. James over the years have made multiple claims of ghost sightings including the spirit of the Inn’s late wife, Mary Lambert, a cowboy reflected in the mirror of the tavern as well as cold spots and random pictures that fall off the walls. 

Stop 3 A Trip To The Guney

-Laguna Vista Hotel in Eagle’s Nest

There is a saying in New Mexico, ‘If you listen to the land, you’ll hear legends’. Such is true in the area surrounding the Laguna Vista hotel in Eagles Nest. Opened in 1896, the Laguna Vista was originally named El Monte.  Located near Raton, a well-known place for horse races, it quickly became a favorite stopping spot for politicians and affluent citizens attending the races.

Gambling fast became the favorite past-time at the saloon in the 1920s and 30s. As well as brothel rooms, which to this day, (although non operating) can still be found above the now restaurant which used to serve as the hotels’ lobby.

Rumors have it that there is a ghost of a young woman living there. She had come to the hotel on her honeymoon and was stranded when her husband went out and mysteriously disappeared. She stayed on as a saloon girl and makes occasional appearances in the dance hall.

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Multiple paranormal activities have occurred such as the piano playing when no one is there and a vacuum running on its own. Ghost sightings have been chronicled throughout the years, including this testimony by a long time employee by the name of Kristi.

 

On this particular day Kristi brought her 2-year old daughter Rayni to work with her.

“She had placed little jingle bells on her daughter’s shoes so that she could keep track of her while she was working.  Suddenly, Rayni walked into the kitchen very gently and slowly.  Kristi said she looked very odd and when she asked Rayni what was wrong,  Rayni replied, “the lady told me to stop making noise”.  When Kristi asked Rayni where the lady was, Rayni led her mother into the dining room and pointed at “someone” saying “that lady.”  Kristi saw no one but Rayni insisted that her mother remove the bells from her shoes.

A psychic once visited and said there was a presence of 22 spirits at the Laguna. Stay for a night and make your own determination!

 

Book TODAY at the historical Laguna Vista Hotel in Eagle’s Nest!

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Image: Modern Day Laguna Vista Inn. It was a favorite watering hole for the Lonesome Dove movie crew.

Stop 4 The Storied Violence Of Taos

From its inception, Taos was meant to be a town like no other. Located at the base of the Sangre Cristo Mountains, its ethereal light and crisp clean air has summoned many artists and adventurous souls throughout the years. What’s not apparent today, however, is that the rich history of Taos is rooted in disputes, shootouts and of course is fraught with ghosts to this day.

From ghost sightings of Kit Carlson at the Kit Carlson House & Museum to the smell of burning flesh in the old Taos jail, there have been enough paranormal activities that you can take a haunted tour to experience them yourself. Check out walking tour: Ghosts of Taos. Disclaimer: Due to Covid-19 they have suspended their operations and will resume in 2021.

Taos Square

Taos Plaza

Image: Modern Day Taos Square With Statue of Padre Jose Antonio Martinez.

Start out at the historic Taos square where people claim to feel spirits. The site is home to dozens of hangings including 22 following the Taos Massacre of 1847 and the hanging of murderer José Manuel Miguel Gonzales as late as 1881. In the true style of the Wild West, it is said that Gonzales was a sheepherder who shot a cowboy over a game of cards. 

 

A similar sentence handed out years before in 1864 given by Judge Isaac, notoriously known as the ‘Hanging Judge” was sent by letter to the editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican. It read of convicted murderer Jose Maria Martin:

“José Maria Martin, it is now the springtime, in a little while the grass will be springing up green in these beautiful valleys, and on these broad mesas and mountainsides, flowers will be blooming; birds will be singing their sweet carols, and nature will be putting on her most gorgeous and her most attractive robes, and life will be pleasant. .. but none of this for you, José Maria Martin. When these things come to gladden the senses of men, you will occupy a place six by two beneath the sod, and the grass and these beautiful things will be green, growing above your lowly head. ” 

The Alley Cantina

 

As you venture to the Northwest side of the Plaza where the Alley Cantina currently stands, stop in for a drink. This over 400 year-old building is one of the oldest buildings in Taos. Owners Buzz and Ruth Waterhouse reported strange happenings to the Taos Chamber. Tales include setting things down and when they’d return, items wouldn’t be in the same place, candles being lit on their own and multiple women repeating they felt a shoulder around them while waiting for the bathroom. When they turned expecting their boyfriend or husband, no body would be there.

 

Bent Street

 

Perhaps the most haunted place in all of Taos square is the Bent House & Museum. Charles Bent, the first civilian governor of the territory of New Mexico came to a brutal end during the January 1847 Taos Revolt.

Scalped alive, he was then dragged into his home to be beaten until death while his children and wife looked on. In a chilling tale by Bent’s daughter, ‘an angry crowd surrounded their home and when Bent asked them what they wanted they told him they wanted his head’.

The mob went on to kill Bent’s brother-in-law Pablo Jaramillo, Steven Lee (the Sherriff of Taos County), J.W. Leas (the circuit court judge and Cornello Vigil who served as Narciso Vigil.

 

It is said that paranormal activity increases here every January anniversary of the event. Across the street at Moby Bookstore, owners report that books mysteriously fall from shelves. The home which is now the Bent Museum still has a hole in the wall that the family made on the night of the revolt to escape. Various visitors have heard a piano playing and when they went to look, no one was there.

 

There’s also a system of tunnels under many of the shops in and around the square. It’s thought that they were used either as an escape from Comanches or to secretly visit women of ill-repute. 

 

Historic Inn of Taos

 

The Alley Cantina Taos, NM

Image: Entrance to the Historic Alley Cantina in Taos.

Charles Bent
historic Inn of Taos

Image: Inside a guest room at The Historic Taos Inn.

Just across Paseo Del Pueblo Sur (68) you can access the Historic Inn of Taos and the Kit Carson Cemetery. The Historic Inn of Taos shares a wall with the former home of Arthur Rochford Manby who was found beheaded in his 19-room Spanish Hacienda. Strange things happen in the rooms and kitchen on the other side of the wall. Guests have reported seeing the ghost of Manby, the smell of roses which his wife Helen cultivated while housekeepers report cold spots in some of the rooms. There have been many guests over the years that left after checking in. They have all said the only reason was that they ‘felt they couldn’t stay there.’

 

Kit Carson Cemetery

 

The big mystery of the Kit Carson cemetery are the three graves of unidentified women covered by concrete so their spirits can’t escape. They were thought to have been witches and very evil but nobody knows for sure.

Kit Carson Cemetery Taos

Image: Tombstone of Kit Carson at Kit Carson Cemetery in Taos.

While beautiful by day, night in the Enchanted Circle takes on a more sinister hue. Are these spirits of the past trying to ignite revenge or are they just subliminal reminders of the souls who walked through history of America’s Wild West? You won’t know what you think of course, until you visit them for yourself. A true Halloween vacation delight, with history, gore and a back drop of gorgeous Fall colored leaves.

…Can you hear that? Northern New Mexico’s ghosts are calling you!

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Get Ready For Outdoor Festivities at Red River’s Annual Mardi Gras in The Mountains

If you think New Orleans is the only place to celebrate Mardi Gras, I have a well-kept secret for you.  No one celebrates Mardi Gras like Red River, New Mexico’s Mardi Gras in the Mountains! It’s the perfect place for all age groups to enjoy winter activities, sports and traditional Mardi Gras festivities.

For those of you not quite familiar with this annual celebration, Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” also called Shrove Tuesday. It starts the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Christian Lent season leading up to Easter.  And its history goes back hundreds of years to the Cajun and Creole celebrations that originated in New Orleans.

 

This year the Mardi Gras in the Mountains theme is Fifty Shades of Red.  It kicks off on February 20th and runs through February 25 – Fat Tuesday!  The non-stop event promises something for everyone and offers all things Cajun and Creole – food, music, contests and bead throwing straight from the Bayou.

 

The event kicks off with a parade down Main Street followed by the annual burning of the Tchoupitoulas (Old Man Gloom), a fictional character to dissipate everyone’s stress.  Attendees are encouraged to write down their troubles and worries and toss them into the fire. It is a happy gathering to continue positivity throughout the rest of the year.  Once that is done, Mardi Gras in the Mountains can officially begin! Many other events to keep the party going include:

 

Mardi Gras Grand Ball and Costume Contest

No matter how you choose to celebrate there is a costume ball each night but the Grand Ball is the most magnificent of them all.  The big event is held at the Red River Conference center and includes live Cajun music, dancing and a Mardi Gras costume contest. Dress up for your chance to win a trophy from the Chamber of Commerce (and bragging rights).

Mardi Gras Festivities for the Young – Children’s Ball

Red River is known for a family-friendly atmosphere so it’s only fitting that they have a ball especially for kids.  Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and beads. This event entertains adults and kids alike.

Mardi Gras Music and Food Everywhere

The streets and venues will hosts sounds straight from the bayous.  Cajun and Zydeco rhythms will get you dancing and swaying long into the night.  Multiple bands will be playing throughout Red River so you’ll never miss a beat.

Eat, Drink and Be Festive!

Throughout the Mardi Gras in the Mountains festival, the tastes and aroma of delectable Cajun food will be in abundance.  Get ready to eat lots of shrimp, gumbo, crawfish, Creole crab cakes, dirty rice, red rice and beans, and the traditional King cake.  

You can also participate in the famed Red River Mardi Gras in the Mountains Drink Making contest.  It’s one of the most well known and competitive events during Mardi Gras in the festival. Participants from all around show up to demonstrate creative mixology and put on a show while doing so.  Judges for the contest are chosen at random before the event beings, so get there early, find a seat and be entered in the drawing.

 


Don’t fight crowds in New Orleans this year. Instead, get off the main grid and celebrate Mardi Gras in the Mountains. The breathtaking backdrop of Red River, New Mexico will enchant you just as much as the festival will. Bring your family or travel with friends! There is something for everyone.  Visit https://www.red-river-nm.com/  for a place to stay and don’t forget to make it easy on yourself by ordering groceries ahead to be in your unit when you arrive.