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Driving to Red River in the Winter- What You Need To Know

Driving to the mountains during the winter can be frightening if you are not prepared. It is essential to put together a winter emergency kit for your vehicle before you hit the road to visit us in Red River.

Here is a list of some things you should keep in your vehicle for the drive.

  • Warm blanket
  • Hand warmers
  • Canned goods
  • Water
  • Jumper cables
  • Knife
  • Shovel
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Emergency First Aid Kits

Safe Driving

Driving in the mountains in the snow is not the same as driving here during the summer months. It is important to drive slowly as the snowy roads can be dangerous, especially if the snow plows haven’t started clearing them. As the temperature drops and you go up in elevation, your tire pressure will change. Make sure they are inflated to the correct PSI recommended for your vehicle.

While driving to Red River during the winter months, keep a close eye on the ever-changing weather conditions. We all know how the weather can change on a dime in the mountains. A key factor is watching the road conditions. Nothing can ruin a winter trip like black ice. If the road looks wet, there’s a good chance it could be black ice. If you hit black ice, DON’T slam on your brakes. Take your foot off the gas, lightly tap the brakes and steer in the direction of the skid. It’s a lot like how you would react if you were hydroplaning in the rain. Just remember to take it slow driving here and you should be fine.

4×4 Is Best During the Winter Months in Red River

Some of our guests make it here with small SUVs that have AWD (All Wheel Drive) but we locals prefer nothing but a good ole’ 4×4, it truly is your best option for ice and snow. If you have decided to book one of our properties in the Upper Valley, we highly recommend 4×4 because that is your best chance of arriving there with minimal issues.

Snow Plows Work Hard in Red River, NM

Our snow plows do their best to clear the roads in a timely manner, including driveways. They start in the wee hours of the morning and keep going until the roads are cleared. Occasionally, we get the days when it feels like the snow will never stop. We all love watching it fall from inside, but it can be treacherous when driving in it. Remember, when it begins to snow, turn on your wipers and your headlights just like you would in the rain. If it begins to fall heavily or becomes a blizzard, please stay off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary.

We want our guests to be safe and have an amazing time while making the best memories possible in Red River, NM. Please take your time while driving in the snow and watch the weather. We look forward to seeing you this winter.

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