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Insider Tips -Experience Red River Like A Local
From its humble start as a mining camp to a sought-out destination by tourists year-round, it’s easy to overlook the vibrant local scene that makes Red River a truly authentic destination in New Mexico. From how to dress for the weather to where to go and how to get around town, these insider tips and tricks will help you experience Red River like a local.
How To Dress For The Weather
Annual daily temperatures in Red River, New Mexico generally range between 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit in the Winter and 60-75 degrees in the Summer with varying 40-60 degrees in the months in between. You can expect above-average days of sunlight at 285 days a year. In the winter the nighttime high can fall within the single digits and teens. Temperatures are known to rise and fall drastically within an hour or two providing the perfect blend of nighttime coolness paired with sun-filled and moderate day time highs.
The number one rule for how to dress for the weather in Red River is to make LAYERS your friend. Combine basic, solid-colored t-shirts and camis with colorful or printed sweaters, flannels, jackets or long sleeve shirts.
Unless it’s your signature style, leave high fashion behind. Jeans are a staple in this climate as well as sportswear that offers flexibility for getting around. Make sure you have a hat, a comfortable pair of shoes and waterproof/windproof outerwear, depending on what time of year you are planning to visit.
Where The Locals Dine
For an upscale evening out, the locals turn to Brett’s. Brett’s Bistro located at 201 Main St, is one of those places you might miss if you didn’t know it was there. The inside provides a quaint and casual setting with just a dozen tables, but it’s the food you will be clambering over. As one local told me, Brett’s offers some of the freshest seafood he’s ever had -even compared to dining on the coast. We asked Brett’s wife, Rufus, how he did it. While we don’t want to give away his secret, let’s just say that when he orders, seafood is flown in fresh the next day.
I had the special Linguini with scallops. Four huge bay scallops with nominal seasoning were perfectly seared on top of linguini with a light wine sauce. I ordered a glass of the white Conundrum for the perfect food and wine pairing.
If its pizza you crave, look no further than Anchovies at 100 High St. Established in 2013, endless choices of mouthwatering gourmet pizzas like Big Mountain Brisket or The real Buffalo Chicken combined with a fun welcoming ambiance bring locals and tourists there time and time again. See their website for dining hours and seasonal specials.
Red River Brewing Company
An award winning industrial-style eatery and saloon in the mountains, Red River Brewing Company serves a variety of craft beer in a comfotably energetic atmosphere. You could say that compared to the rustic charm of Red River that Red River Brewing Company is ahead of its time. Yet talk to owners Michael and Sharon and you’ll find that they are just as ingrained in the local culture as anyone.
Experience Authentic Red River Entertainment
Bull O’ The Woods Saloon
For over 80 years the Bull O’ The Woods Saloon has been serving food and drinks to weary travelers and merrymakers. Claiming to have the best burgers and steaks in town, they offer the full gammon of bar drinks, shuffleboard and firepits -all at affordable prices, including $1.00 off beer during happy hour. A rustic wooden stage is home to live entertainment featuring local bands and emerging country favorites like The Cody Bryan Band. Why let the fun stop now? Drop-in for an authentic SouthWest saloon experience in the Rockies.
When the locals are not tending to tourists, you can often find them at the Motherlode Saloon. The laid back and fun atmosphere makes for a great place to let down. Whether you want to play pool, relax by the fire or just encounter a friendly home town bartender and raise a toast, the Motherlode Saloon has you covered.
The Community House
In the 1940s the locals of this small mountain town banded together to ‘guarantee that whatever Red Rivers future the values of family fun and worship would be preserved‘. What resulted was The Community Center where families came together for worship and communal events. Today this holds true with The Community House holding several free family-friendly events throughout the year. Annual events kick off in early June and run through early October. Events typically occur daily and range from movies on the lawn to Music In The Mountains Concert Series, guided fly-fishing to yoga. For more information check out the calendar of events at https://www.redrivercommunityhouse.com/.
With Main Street just over a mile long, Red River is an ideal vacation spot for walkers. Easily walk to dining and Main St. excursions like off-road mountain tours from Red River Offroad or activities at the Red River Ski & Summer Area. During inclement weather, with small kids, disabled or just worn out from your adventure the Red River Miner’s Transit provides FREE rides to anywhere in town. The shuttle service is available 365 days a year between the hours of 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (hours may vary for holiday events). For special accommodations, please call ahead. (575) 770-5959
One of the many perks of staying at a vacation home managed by Red River Real Estate is that they offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport.
Manage to get around town during your stay by walking, taking the Red River Miners Transit or renting an ATV or bike for the week.
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