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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 Taos and just south of the Colorado border, is an unpolished gem that is worth exploring. Enjoy a ski lift that takes you from the Red River streets to the top of a family-friendly mountain. Fish the Red River or take a horseback ride into the aspen and pine woods. After all that exercise, you’ll be ready for some of the great down home cuisine offered at Red River.
The town of Red River began in earnest in the 1870s, when miners were drawn in by gold strikes in the area and trappers sought game. It was named after the perennial stream, Red River, that flowed through the town, coming from the northern slopes of Wheeler Peak. By 1895, Red River was a booming mining camp, with gold, silver, copper, and molybdenum in some abundance, and a population estimated at three thousand. The mines shut down a few years later. The population waned, but the town survived. By the 1930s, the remaining residents turned to tourism as their principal economic livelihood.