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Red River, New Mexico Vacation Fun

Red River New Mexico Vacation Rentals

In this 5-minute video, I explore the town of Red River, New Mexico. In mid-May, just before the Memorial Day weekend, I enjoyed camping in nearby Junebug Campground. This video details some of my experiences.

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Red River New Mexico, located north of T...

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Our Red River New Mexico Vacation

Red River New Mexico Vacation Rentals

This lodge is situated just off a river with all the beauty of mountain living. My husband and I go every year and often multiple times a year as life allows. Its well worth the drive as the town has lots to offer.

The inn keepers (last name Pattersons) are absolutely wonderful. Larry guides fishing and even took us on a four-wheeling trip up Greenie Peak. His wife, Terry is also great. She is generous and the last four times we have stayed there, she has offered to have us join them for dinner–often something we wouldn’t cook ourselves.

Our last stay was during Labor Day Weekend. We were able to take another couple who was equally pleased with our “treasure find.”

The lodge is clean and each room is themed...

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Mountain Shadows Lodge Red River New Mexico

Red River New Mexico Lodging

My husband and I have been going to Red River for 15 years and stumbled upon Mountain Shadows Lodge 9 years ago after a rafting trip in Colorado and stayed the weekend.

We enjoyed the quaintness and comfort of the rooms so much that for the next 3 years after that, we gradually increased the number of nights we would stay at the Lodge. For the past 5 years, we have spent our entire vacation there and thoroughly enjoyed it. Terry and Larry, the owners, have invited us into their home for home cooked meals. Larry is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Red River and how the town came to be and loves to share these stories which has made our visits to Red River even more enjoyable. Terry is extremely friendly and helpful and respectful to all of her guests...

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Three Bears Lodge Red River New Mexico

Red River New Mexico Lodging

My husband, myself, and four of our friends stayed in one of the two bedroom cabins. We had an AMAZING time!!! Chris and Debbie were such wonderful and hospitable people and they were so kind to help us at anything we needed.

Their beds were super comfortable and the accomidations were great! We didn’t have one second where we needed something that either Chris or Debbie weren’t there to help us out within minutes.

This place has really turned around since the change of hands of ownership. We will stay here EVERY time we go to Red River from now on. Thank you all for being so great! See you in a couple of months.

The owners, Chris & Debbie, were extremely nice and generous. They streamlined the booking/check-in process. Their service is top-notch.

The cabins are newly renovated with comfor...

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Red River Summer Vacation

Red River New Mexico Summer Vacation

Well, summer break has come to an end.  We were blessed to be able to take a family vacation at the first of August, and we had a wonderful time making memories together.  We camped at a family-oriented campground in southern Colorado for seven days, and we were able to hike and explore, fish, relax, ride horses, ride in paddle boats, and just enjoy being together.  The older three kids went with their dad for a two-day primitive camping experience to Archuleta Lake.  Since their trip coincided with the Perseid meteor showers, there was an awesome display of beauty in the night sky.

Our family met some friends at Great Sand Dunes National Park for a day, and the more adventurous ones of the group hiked to the top of the largest dune...

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Best Family Vacation Destination for Skiing

Red River New Mexico Skiing

Where is the Best Family Vacation Destinations? Consider Red River, New Mexico among the best family vacation destinations for your next ski trip.

Red River hosts one of the most popular ski resorts in the United States, and it has been for several decades. This ski resort offers six chair lifts and a single surface lift, and the trails are equally divided for beginners, intermediates and experts. Top elevation at Red River is 10354 feet, and the vertical drop down the face of the mountain is 1601 feet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t snow much, and about 85% of the powder is usually man-made. You will find 58 trails scattered over 247 acres.

Red River is known as the ‘ski town of the Southwest’ and it has been picked as one of the top best family vacation destinations any time of the year...

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Mountain Biking Red River New Mexico

Red River New Mexico Mountain Biking

Red River, New Mexico, is just south of the Colorado border and 37 miles north of Taos, offering visitors outdoor activities during all seasons. Winter brings downhill and cross-country skiing, and when the snow and ice melt away, visitors turn to hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Biking trails in the area come with some challenges due to the mountain terrain, but there are trails for all levels of cyclists.

Hundreds of miles of marked biking trails are located in Carson National Forest near Red River. Mountain views and wildlife add to the enjoyment of a mountain bike ride through this southern Rocky Mountain location. Trails are found on old logging roads, some of which connect with single-track trails that are for the exclusive use of bikers...

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Red River, New Mexico: Re-enchanting a new generation

Red River New Mexico Vacation Rentals

Red River, New Mexico has long been a favorite vacation spot, enticing families to return again and again, year after year. What makes a town of only four-hundred or so in population so popular?

That is easy; because some things never go out of style; like the friendly towns-folk greeting you as you pass them on the street, or good old-fashion hospitality, and the earthy people who own, operate, and manage the quaint businesses in this charming old-west mountain town at over eighty-seven hundred feet altitude.

For anyone familiar with Red River, little else need be said...

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Snowmobiling in Red River, New Mexico

Red River New Mexico Vacation Rentals

Red River, New Mexico, is in the Sangre de Christo Mountains, just northeast of Taos and close to the Colorado border. Several businesses within Red River offer rental snowmobiles. Visitors can choose to head out and explore on their own, perhaps take in the groomed trails leading up Greenie Peak, or they can explore the trails crisscrossing Kit Carson National Forest.


Visitors to New Mexico must obtain a permit to ride on public lands. Travelers should be aware that the state requires snowmobiles to be registered unless they are used only on private land. Nonresidents can pay fees and acquire temporary permits through an online registration process...

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Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally

Red River New Mexico Vacation Rentals

Q: What has 30,000 motorcycles, 100 vendors selling food, leather and motorcycle accessories, live music in the glorious Southern Rocky Mountains, and a tour to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation?

A: It’s the biggest motorcycle rally in New Mexico, and a nearly three decade tradition in the little town of Red River: the Red River Memorial Day Weekend Motorcycle Rally.

Red River is one of New Mexico’s most popular summer vacation destinations due to its breathtaking scenery and cool mountain temperatures...

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