Red River - North Central New Mexico
A shady oasis in the summer, a snowy recreation hub in the winter, and a scenic vacation spot any time of the year, Red River is a must-see for New Mexico vacationers.
Formerly known as "River City," Red River was once a hub for gold, silver and copper mining. But when the mines died out, the town stuck around and became a mountain playground for the state's flatlanders.
Today, Red River draws vacationers from around the world with its ample year-round recreation opportunities.
In the winter, the 57 runs and seven lifts of the Red River Ski and Snowboard Area are within walking distance from the town, offering runs for everyone from newbies to experts. Those who prefer cross-country skiing or snowshoeing can visit the Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Area, with its more than 1,400 acres of trails. And snowmobile riders will love the town's many groomed trails, which lead all the way to the top of 11,249' Greenie Peak.
In the summer, the town is a shady retreat offering hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, four-wheeling in nearby Carson National Forest, and fishing in the trout-stocked Rio Colorado. Families will love Frye's Old Town, which stages humorous mock robberies and shootouts from mid-June to mid-August, or Bobcat Pass Adventures, which hosts authentic chuck wagon-style dinners and western stage shows throughout the summer. And even though the town's famous ski area is dry in the warmer months, vacationers can still ride the ski lifts for high-altitude picnicking, hiking and biking.
Throughout the year, vacationers can attend one of the many festivals - from Oktoberfest to the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally - the town holds annually. Restaurants and shops lining the town's Main Street offer plenty of dining, shopping and entertainment options year-round.
Vacationers interested in learning a little more about the town's history can stop by the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum. Built in 1915 and one of the town's five buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it houses artifacts, photos and old mining equipment from the Red River Historical Society.
Whatever Red River vacationers choose to do, and whenever they choose to visit, this old mining town is sure to offer a wealth of opportunities.
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