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Kids like vacations too! And, there is no better place for kids than Red River. Whether it’s spring break, winter or fall, or a special summer road trip, Red River has everything to keep you and your pack entertained and even educated - without them knowing it.

Hiking

For the really little ones, enjoy a short hike around town on a paved trail that will allow you to introduce them to this form of entertainment at an early age. Have them enjoying a hike as much as you by starting them young on an easy trail by the river. They may even see people fishing and fish a-jumpin’.

For older kids - the ones that are too big to carry or pack in an overhead compartment on an airplane -  try a day hike to Horseshoe Lake, via Trail 56. Make sure to take plenty of water, snacks, and battery life for your camera. At the lake, you might find a beaver building a dam. On the trail, you could see Mule Deer, Elk, and Bighorn Sheep wander by. Pick your perfect walking stick at the trailhead. Please remember to carry out what you carry in. 

Fishing

Yes, they can fish too! Red River Angler and Sport has everything you need to get them started. Children under 12 do not need a license. But older kids and adults can get their permits there as well. They will be able to tell you the best spots and, of course, the rules. The rivers and streams are stocked with 9 - 10 inch Rainbow Trout from the Red River Fishing Hatchery. Even seasoned fishermen will enjoy the waters around here. 

The Education

The Community House Nature Discovery Camp for ages 6-8 only happens once a year and is free for participants. Check for the upcoming schedule. The little ones will see and hear about fish, flowers, trees, water, birds and learn about weather. They don’t have to know they are learning. No homework assignments! But we are betting they teach their parents what they’ve learned.

For your older kids, ages 9-11, The Community House offers the same learning experience but more age-appropriate. It is also free and participants are expected to stay all four days of the camp. 

Snowboarding and Skiing

During the winter months, for us it’s the 3rd week of November to the middle of March, you can snowboard and ski from downtown. With seven lifts, 64 trails and 209 acres of snow, there is plenty of room for you and your family. The Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area has over 20 miles of trails waiting for your cross country adventure. Make memories they will cherish forever.

Christmas

Christmas memories are always the best for kids - and parents. We don’t close during Christmas - we are here for your family fun. The Christmas Luminaries is an annual tradition we love to share. Don your snowshoes, or cold weather boots, and enjoy a beautiful evening on the snow. This year’s event will be another spectacular example of why Red River is just the place for parents with active kids.

And something very cool about this year? Our own local Carson National Forest is the current home of the beautiful Christmas tree that will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol this season!

Food

Is there any person under the age of 18 that doesn’t like pizza? Anchovies Pizza in downtown will fill them up without draining your wallet.  But, no matter what your family decides on for dinner, we probably have it. Here’s a quick list of restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Have fun with your family on your stay with us. But we definitely don’t recommend packing any kids in the overhead compartment of the airplane!

Hiker's Guide to Red River