Eagle nest, Family Vacation, Spring Red River

Spring Break in the Enchanted Forest

AuthorHiking Hanna

Spring Break SkiingWhen you think of Spring Break, most think of a trip to the beach, but here are some reasons why you should visit the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Red River, NM instead. Spring Break in the Enchanted Circle is one of the best times you could have.

*Spring Break Beach Weeks

Beginning March 8th the mountains will give off a tropical vibe where you will see Hawaiin shirts and bathing suits. Enjoy the next two weeks with dozens of trails open for yourself and the kids. Red River Ski Area offers lessons for beginners so sign your little ones up and enjoy the morning hitting the slopes with the adults. Lift tickets are required to be purchased in advance online for the remainder of this ski season. Tickets are limited and must be purchased no later than the night before, if there are any available. If anyone is in need of ski rentals, speak with someone at RRSA, as rentals are also to be purchased at least 3 days in advance. 

Enchanted Circle Drive

Take a day to drive the 84 mile Enchanted Circle with your family and enjoy the scenery of valleys, mountains, national forests, and some of New Mexico’s oldest villages. Start your exploration in our town of Red River with fishing the town ponds or the Red River that flows through town. Head east on 38 to Eagle Nest where you must walk Main Street and visit the antique shops as well as grab some pizza to eat from Among Friends which is also located down main street. Of course, a trip to Eagle Nest isn’t complete without seeing the beautiful Eagle Nest Lake. 

Angel Fire is the next stop on the drive through the Enchanted Circle. Dress warm and purchase a lift ticket to get to the top of the mountain. From the top, you can see Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s tallest point, and Eagle Nest Lake State Park. Enjoy the mountain views and the many valleys you will pass while driving to Taos on U.S Highway 64. This road will take you through the mountains like you have never seen before! Keep your eyes looking for the many different animals you may see such as deer and even llamas (yes I said llamas). As you enter Taos, you will begin to see colonial-style architecture. Some of these beautiful buildings have been around for over 1,000 years. This city has delicious and spicy dinner meals, phenomenal art galleries, and hot springs. Stop for dinner at Antonio’s The Taste of Mexico and enjoy their diverse menu and drinks. After dinner, enjoy the shops in the heart and soul of Taos NM, Taos Plaza. There are many different shops from art galleries to clothing stores and Native American jewelry. The adobe and spanish architecture you will see is beautiful and very popular in the state of New Mexico. On your way back to Red River, you’ll drive through Questa, which offers great trout fishing for fishers of all skills. Eagle Rock Lake is one of the popular fishing spots in the Enchanted Circle area and it’s only 11 miles west of Red River. Fishing licenses are required and available online at NM State Wildlife website.

Enjoy your spring break outdoors with minimal sunscreen so that the sun's reflection on the snow won’t burn you and return to school and work refreshed from your mountain vacation. You may enjoy the scenery and atmosphere so much that while you’re here, you book a cabin from us for the summer!

*During the pandemic, events may be closed or cancelled. Check with the vendor to ensure the events are still “a go”.

Spring in Red River