With the violence against Americans in other countries, many people are looking for an alternative place to vacation. For those that like to be in the mountains and like hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, and just plain relaxing, I have a suggestion.
Red River, New Mexico is just south of the Colorado border in northern New Mexico. In the winter it is a great ski resort. In the summer it offers the solitude of a small rural town with many things to do for the whole family. For those that like history, Red River has it to.
Red River was a mining town in the early days that had gold, silver, and copper mines carved into the mountains. When the mines finally gave out, Red River became a “mountain playground.” In the 1920’s and 1930’s the town rented out abandoned mining cabins for those who wanted to enjoy nature. Red River has five buildings registered as Historic Places.
During the summer months there are festivals, concerts, mock western shoot-outs at Frye’s Old Town, arts and crafts activities, jeep rides to the old mines, hiking tours, horseback riding tours, and a community house for fun for the whole family. The restaurants in Red River are unique on their atmosphere but the food served is top of the line. There are bars in town that features live music for fun and dancing. Most of the year the ski tram is open and takes hikers up to the top of the mountain to see the fantastic view of the mountains and surrounding valleys.
During the winter the town comes alive with skiers. For those that like to ski and snowboard, Red River is great. There is also an area designated for cross-country skiers at the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Area. The main ski slope is located in the center of town, making it a short walk from most lodging. For those who ride snowmobiles, then a day permit is required, but the trails for riding are fabulous.
In 2006, Sunset Magazine wrote that Red River was one of the top ten ski resorts for all reasons. Red River lacks the large scale commercialism that many resort towns have and tends to give the visitor a more down to earth atmosphere that is geared to please and relax you and your family.
For more information about Red River, go to www.redriver.org for a list of lodging facilities and events.