Red River is a small mountain resort town in North Central New Mexico. Tucked into a canyon in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this former mining town now thrives on tourism as the home of a popular ski resort.
Red River lies on NM 38, a section of the Enchanted Circle scenic roadway between the villages of Questa and Eagle Nest. It is approximately equidistant from Taos in either direction, with Taos across the circle to the southwest. From Taos, take NM 522 north to Questa, then make a right on NM 38 towards Red River. Limited weekday bus service to Questa, with connections to Taos, is offered by the NCRTD.
This is pretty much a one-street town, with everything within easy walking distance.
- 1 Red River Ski & Summer Area. The main draw to town; this ski resort has plenty of great runs, a terrain park, a ski school, and a rental shop. Full day lift tickets $68 adults, $62 teens, $52 children/seniors; half day lift tickets $53 adults, $48 teens, $38 children/seniors.
- Carson National Forest. Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and snowmobiling and good cross-country skiing in the winter. The Red River is good for trout fishing, and there are several campgrounds along NM 38 west of town. The nearest ranger station is located in the village of Questa, on NM 38 several miles west of town, where you can purchase maps and get more detailed information on the recreational offerings in the area. (updated Nov 2016)