Activities in Red River When the Forest Is Closed

It’s no secret that guests visit Red River, NM to escape the chaos and to enjoy the mountains. But what happens when the forest has to close due to potential fire hazards? No worries, as our little mountain town has more to offer than just hiking the trails!!!!  Your friends at Reservations Unlimited and all our neighboring businesses as well as the town of Red River put together a list of amazing activities you can do in Red River when the forest is closed.

  • Take a guided fly-fishing trip with one of our local anglers. The Red River guides know where you can and can’t go fishing during closures and will ensure an amazing time during your nature outing. Want to fish on your own? You can still do that! Head over to the town’s ponds and cast your line, and see what the catch of the day is. 
  • Take a tour around town on a surrey bike. These are a ton of fun for the entire family! 
  • Take a day of shopping at our local shops. Not only will you find cute souvenirs, but you’ll also get your “steps” in for the day! 
  • Go get your picture taken with Bigfoot!!!! You can find him at the Candy Crate next to our office! Or, go grab a picture with Scoops at Li’l Willie’s. Either or both, will undoubtedly make some amazing pictures that are instagram worthy! 
  • Visiting with your four-legged friend? Take your pup for a fun day at Red River’s Bark Park, located behind the old school house. While you’re at the park, take in the fresh air and maybe do a little bird watching. Don’t forget to pick up after your four-legged pal. Nobody likes unsuspected findings on the bottom of their shoes. 
  • Do you have the need for speed? Then visit the go-kart track across the street from our office. Tons of fun for the entire family!!!!
  • Are you 21 or better? Do you like a little extra flare in your beverages? Take a beverage tour around town. Start with some wine by enjoying a tasting of New Mexico wines at Noisy Water Winery and Sheehan Wineries. Compliment your wines with delicious cheeses. After a nice tasting, head over to the brewery for local brews and cocktails made with the spirit of the mountain! 
  • Just because the forest is closed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Red River’s fresh mountain air. You can rent a bike or e-bike and tour Red River and the Upper Valley. Try out the new constructed pump track at Mallette Park with your bike or skateboard. If you didn’t bring one, don’t worry, you can rent those, too. 
  • Spend an afternoon at Brandenburg Park playing frisbee, soccer, flying kites, or whatever fun activities you choose. 
  • Do you love coffee and pastries?? Take a break and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and homemade pastry from Bearly Awake or Steam Coffee Co, or BOTH! 
  • Are you a fan of teas and herbs? Try visiting the Old Barrel Tea company and try out some really cool teas and herbs. 
  • Do you like to go horseback riding? Take a horseback ride through town by one of the nice guides from Red River Stables. 

There’s so much to do in Red River during the Summer months, even when the forest is temporarily closed. Just remember, when the forest is closed there’s other precautions we must take to keep our town safe. Please don’t use the firepits at your rental, or set off any fireworks, and if you smoke, please only smoke on concrete surfaces while we are under fire restrictions. To find out if we are under any restrictions during your stay, contact our office or the town of Red River.

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