Red River, New Mexico is a mountain playground that prides itself on having something for everyone. From the thrill seekers to the outdoor explorers, winter in Red River offers fun activities for the whole family. Here are some of our favorite winter activities!
There are two ski areas that call Red River home, the Red River Ski & Summer Area and the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area.
The Red River Ski & Summer Area opened in December of 1959 and has been a place to enjoy the slopes in a safe and exciting environment ever since. They offer both skiing and snowboarding lessons for children and adults in a variety of different skill levels ranging from beginners to experts. Red River Ski & Summer Area offers rental equipment for those who need it, as well as group rates for groups of 20 or more.
Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area offers trails for both classic and freestyle skiing. A very unique feature they have is the option to ski with your dog! Visitors have the opportunity to rent both styles of skis if needed.
Snowmobiling is a perfect way to experience the beautiful Carson National Forest. Visitors will explore miles of winding trails, large open meadows, and breathtaking mountain views. There are two snowmobile tour companies in Red River: Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures and Red River Sled Shed.
Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures offers either 1-hour or 2-hour tours, all of which are guided. Red River Sled Shed offers either 2 hour or 3 ½ hour tours.
*The state of New Mexico requires that any driver under the age of 21 be certified on off-road vehicles. You can do this at www.b4uride.com. If they have taken a safety class in another state on ATV's, watercraft etc. that certification is valid in New Mexico.
For any outdoor explorer, hiking is a great way to see the area and learn about the wildlife. But that doesn’t have to stop when the grounds are covered in snow, just throw on some snowshoes and let your adventure begin. The Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area offers 15 km of trails devoted to snowshoes as well as equipment rentals.
Snow tubing is family fun for all ages. Tubing requires no previous experience, just hop on and enjoy. Red River Ski & Summer Area offers snow tubing sessions, each session is one hour and are on a first come first serve basis. Dates and times may vary throughout the season, so make sure to check their website first. To see the fun in action, check out this video!
There’s no right or wrong way to have fun in the snow, just go out there and let your imagination run wild. Not sure where to start? We have a few ideas that’ll have you enjoying the snow in no time. Try sledding, make snow angels, build a snowman, or start a snowball fight.
Anything slippery will do, but you can pick up a commercial sled at a number of local shops. There are a few areas you can safely sled for free in Red River. The area next to St. Edwin’s Catholic Church (near High Street & Silver Belle Trail), Mallet Park (north of High Street & Mallette Road), the free snow play area across from the Playhouse (base of Red River Ski Area), and the area across from the public library (look for the hiking access sign and cross the bridge by foot).
One thing to remember before you hop on a snow tube or snow sled is to make sure you know how to stop at the end of the hill. Snow can be slippery and unpredictable, and there’s nothing like a collision to ruin your fun.
Find a clear spot, lay down and start moving your arms and legs. Hop up and enjoy the site of your snow angel. I personally like taking a picture and sharing it on Facebook. Be sure to tag Reservations Unlimited.
Interested in learning more about the winter recreation and everything Red River has to offer? Check out our Winter Guide to Red River to see what makes this small town so special!