Red River, NM A Haven in the Rockies
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At 8,671 feet, the original gold mining town of Red River, New Mexico is perfectly situated in a Rocky Mountain Valley. Surrounded on all sides by pristine everglade slopes and located just a fifty-minute drive from Taos, Red River is known for its breathtaking scenery. The colors and silhouettes present a masterpiece within themselves and the rugged terrain provides a playground all year long. It’s no wonder that outdoor adventurers and artists are drawn here.
Mountain trails give way to summer hiking and ATV excursions. The river boasts of premier fly fishing. Skiers and snowboarders can carve their way through 209 acres with varying difficulty. The best part is, day time temperatures range between 40-70 degrees with an annual snowfall of 214 inches. Relax in cool temperatures. Ski daily on new-fallen snow.
Red River is home to the Wyatt family of artists. Kenneth has been hailed as ‘the best painter of the horse in western art‘. His daughter Jill is a master of watercolor and grandson Jake carries on Dr. Wyatt’s colorful compositions. Just a 35-mile drive to Taos you’ll find a variety of fabulous art galleries in and around the plaza. Gallery genres range from traditional SW art and jewelry to modern and minimalist paintings and decor.
Annual Festivals & Events
While the town itself mostly consists of a main street and ski resort there are plenty of things to do in Red River, NM year-round. Known for the Mardi Gras of the Southwest, Red River explodes in celebration with costume balls, bead tossing, singing and dancing, drawing crowds from all over the US.
Unique Local Experiences
For a town that consists of only 400 permanent residents, there is an energetic vein that fuels it like the river it got its name from. Spend a few days with the locals and you’ll find that while they are highly appreciative of tourism, they’d find a way to remain without it. Whether they first came for skiing or culture, at some point they simply fell in love.
Where to Stay in Red River
There are a variety of beautiful vacation rental homes available year-round in Red River. Large parties can stay at the 20-person Arnold’s River Retreat featuring a bonfire pit, gas grill and ping pong table. For smaller groups or romantic getaways, condos in town allow you to walk to dining, skiing and nearby adventures.
‘For the Comforts of Home Yet the Perks of a Hotel – Check out Red River Real Estate’.
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