Red River Outdoor Adventures
Explore Your Wunderlust! Natural Outdoor Adventures All Year-Round
Your Outdoor Playground In The Rockies -Red River, New Mexico
Perched in a valley in the scenic Southern Sangre de Crisco branch of the Rockies, Red River is home to exhilarating year-round outdoor adventures. Take an offroad tour through the mountains and encounter close up views of deer, elk and bighorn sheep. A variety of hiking trails wind up the mountainside through ponderosa pines and blue spruce trees. In the winter the Red River Ski & Summer Area provides multiple terrain parks and mountain tubing. Find exhilarating adventures no matter the ages and skill levels of your group.
Breathtaking Mountain Trails
Whether you want to take a short trail or go the distance into higher elevations, there are beautiful nature hikes for the novice to experienced distance hikers. Scenic trails reveal meadows, wildflowers, aspen tree groves and high elevations with spectacular views.
Pioneer Creek Trail
For a true adventure in Red River, this trail follows an old mining road built at the end of the 19th century. Gold, silver, and copper were mined in the area through the 1920s, so this hike is the unique opportunity to see remnants of those times. (Don’t get too close, though—abandoned mines can be unsafe.) The trail has some steep sections and tops out at a mine near private land, which is the turnaround point. The hike is for intermediate climbers and starts out at the Ski Resort. Trail miles equal 3.4 miles each way.
Note: This trail is also open to mountain biking and horseback riding, so stay aware of your surroundings and be prepared to run into other trail users.
Columbine Canyon Trail
The best of two unique natural worlds combine in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain country of northern New Mexico. Here the high, dry adobe plains climb dramatically to 12,000- and 13,000-foot peaks and offer up some of the Southwest’s most spectacular wilderness. One of the more scenic paths to the heart of this remote high country is the Columbine Canyon Trail, a cool, aspen-studded ascent that follows a cascading mountain stream into the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area.
Starting in a narrow canyon, Columbine Canyon Trail meanders among wildflowers as it climbs to broad meadows and eventually links with alpine ridges that are rare for the Southwest.
Lost Lake Trail
Lost Lake Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red River, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
This trail is great for beginners, people adjusting to the high altitude, children, or anyone just looking for a beautiful walk. It runs along the base of the mountain by the Red River. The trail is clearly marked with signposts that detail the history, animals, plants, and geology of the area. This hike is a great introduction to what Red River has to offer.
The most difficult hike on the list and the highest point in New Mexico, summiting Wheeler Peak will take you up to 13,161 feet. The hike is 7-10 miles one-way, depending on which route you take, so plan to be out for a whole day (or two if you decide to backpack). The views at the top are unforgettable and you’ll probably see some bighorn sheep on your way up.
You’ll earn bragging rights for climbing New Mexico’s highest peak. The best time for this hike is late May through November, but afternoon thunderstorms are common in the summer, so you’ll want to hit the peak early.
Off the Beaten Path – OHV and Jeeps in Red River, New Mexico
Head from Red River’s Main Street in any direction and today’s four-wheel-drive adventurer has multiple options. Because this area is rich with public land, there are hundreds of miles of roads and challenging trails. Those without their own rigs can still head to the high country courtesy of local tour operators and rental companies. Guided tours are a great bet for families as skilled driver/storytellers weave history, natural history, ghost stories and other lore into their trip. Trips to abandoned cabins and gold mines – and gold panning – are often part of the experience.
The State of New Mexico requires a day-use permit or registration for all ATVs/OHVs. Save time by purchasing your permit with the online licensing system www.onlinesales.wildlife.state.nm.us
Explore even more of Red River in an ROV/UTV rental from Enchanted Off-Road. Offering side-by-side vehicles that accommodate 4 or 6 passengers, for half-day, full-day, or even multiple-day rentals.
100 High Cost Trail # 31
P.O. Box 815 Red River, NM 87558
Weezie’s Wild Rides
Weezie’s Wild Rides is a Polaris Adventures Outfitter offering self-guided rentals of current year Polaris side by sides for off-road fun or Polaris Slingshots for paved roads. Rent one a RZR, Ranger Crew or Slingshot for either 4 or 7 hours and make memories with your family. Your ride is waiting!
105 E. Main Street Red River, NM 87558
Horseback Riding Excursions – Explore Red River the Way it was Done 100 Years Ago.
Saddle up and explore the mountains the old way! Tours through the SouthWest Rockies range in length from 1-hour to all day. Book for groups or individuals from June through October. Winter months vary depending on snowfall. Finish off your day of riding with a Cowboy evening. Learn the ways of the old ranchers and uncover true SouthWestern hospitality at its best.
Red River Stables
Red River Stables provides the outdoor enthusiast with scenic rides through the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico. Red River Stables is located at 800 East Main St. at the “Y” on the east end of town in Red River, New Mexico.
Road Runner Tours in Angel Fire
Explore Carson National Forest in Angel Fire, New Mexico by horseback. Length of rides vary by elevation levels – foothills, high country, high meadow and all day. Sleigh rides available from November 15 through March 15, depending on snowfall levels.
11 Nine Mill Creek Road
Angel Fire, NM
Spend the Day Fly Fishing in Red River
The Red River is a spring-fed river and the main tributary for spawning and wintering fish coming from the Rio Grande Gorge, and it’s the only natural stream in Northern NM that offers excellent fishing.
Red River Angler and Sport
Offers half-day and full-day walk and wade fly-fishing adventures in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Whether you are a seasoned fisherman looking for new water or new techniques to improve your game, or if you need a fishing buddy, or if you have never held a fly rod, they have you covered. All equipment is included: Waders, boots, Rod/Reel, flies, etc.
New Mexico fishing license required, available at the shop. Because of the gear the guides carry, transportation is required, unless prior arrangements are made.
421 East Main Street, Red River, MN
Fly fishing guides, booked through the Solitary Angler fly shop and guide service in Taos NM offer superior fly fishing for the most avid fishermen. The Solitary Angler’s expert guides can match your fly fishing skill and desires with fantastic locations to create the best opportunity for a successful trip.
303 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571
River Rafting Adventures in Northern New Mexico
Test your team’s prowess against the rapids. Rafting the Rio Grande and Rio Chama rivers is a unique and exciting way to experience the spectacular beauty of central New Mexico.
Big River Raft Trips
Big River offers full and half-day rafting trips down the Rio Grande Gorge planned to suit your every need for every skill level from March through November. Enjoy relaxing dinner floats or exciting rapid rides down the Rio Grande River. You choose your adventure from mild to wild whitewater rafting trips.
13 Cam del Rio Grande, Rancho De Taos, NM
New Mexico River Adventures
New Mexico River Adventures offers a variety of Outdoor experiences in and around the Santa Fe/Taos area of northern New Mexico. Whether you’re looking for a wild whitewater run through the Class IV rapids of the world-famous Taos Box or a scenic float through the azure canyon of the Rio Chama, New Mexico River Adventures has a river trip for you and your family or group.
Half-day, full-day, overnight, and three-day rafting trips are available.
2217 NM 68, Embudo, NM
Skiing & Snowboarding – Winter Mountain Fun
Winter in Red River is a seasonal delight offering a myriad of activities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. If you are seeking a downhill ski challenge or prefer a snowshoe trek through scenic national forests, Red River has something for everyone.
Red River Ski Area
Situated along the famed Enchanted Circle, you’ll find Red River Ski Area as an escape to the mountains situated at 8,750 feet. Snow hounds will enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and exhilarating terrain parks in addition to snow tubing. They call it ‘The Real Deal’. We tend to agree. For access to
400 Pioneer Road, Red River, NM
Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area
Enchanted Forest Cross Country provides a network of backcountry trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts in a picturesque mountain setting and includes moonlight tours. Lessons and rentals are available for every level.
29 Sangre De Cristo Dr, Red River, NM
Taos Ski Valley
At Taos Ski Valley, you’ll find New Mexico’s favorite mountain resort tucked away on the outskirt of a historic town. Whether you’re hungry for a winter adventure, or just want to enjoy some R&R, Taos Ski Valley provides unforgettable winter memories. Winter activities include alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
116 Sutton Place, Taos, NM
Sledding & Snowmobiling Adventures
There is nothing more enchanting in Northern New Mexico than a sleigh ride along scenic mountain trails, amongst Aspen and Ponderosa pine trees, with vistas of snowcapped Wheeler Peak and the quiet Village of Angel Fire along the foothills of the Carson National Forest.
Whether gliding smoothly over forest trails, racing through a snowy meadow or just taking in the spectacular scenery, snowmobiling in Red River offers an adventure the whole family can enjoy.
Red River Sled Shed
Explore the beautiful Carson National Forest with miles of scenic winding trails, large open meadows, and spectacular mountain views offering offer some of the best snowmobiling you will find anywhere. Two and three and a half tours are available.
612 W. Main, Red River, NM
Nancy Burch’s Roadrunner Tours
Winter sleigh rides begin at the Elkhorn Lodge and travel along the foothills of the forest and throughout the Angel Fire Resort area. Guests frequently see deer, elk, rabbits, and other wildlife, and it’s not uncommon to see hawks or a Golden or Bald Eagle.
3377 Mountain View Boulevard, Angel Fire, NM
Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures
The Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico are the perfect place to snowmobile through some of the most beautiful views in the area. Two hour tours are provided for adventure seekers and sightseers alike.
1670 NM-38, Red River, NM
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