You’ve worked for it… you’ve earned it – the kids’ exams are behind you and spring break is finally here! Cruising the beach had its day, but the beach scene is not exactly what you have in mind anymore. Red River offers family spring breakers some things you won’t find on the beach, and a few that you will.
Downhill skiing and tubing are open for most of March. But unfortunately, it comes to an end around the 24th. So bring the kids and hit the slopes on the any of the dozens of trails. We have slopes for pros, amateurs and beginners. We hope that it will give you a taste of our town in winter, and that it will entice you to come back! We close our ski season with the Annual Pond Skim. Even without spring break, that’s an event worthy of seeing. You might call it our own version of water skiing.
If you prefer to hit the slopes alone, drop the kids off at Buckaroo Day Care. We do ask that you pick them up at your appointed time… we are a family-friendly town, but we will put them to work if we have to.
Every Saturday night promptly at 7 p.m. during ski season is the Torchlight and Fireworks Parade down the mountain. A beautiful site to see. Then hit The Bull of the Woods for some grub and locally brewed beer while enjoying live music.
Mardi Gras in Red River
Yes, Mardi Gras in Red River. Our Mardi Gras mountain madness typically begins on February 28 and continues through about March 5. Don’t miss out on this event if your kiddos’ spring break coincides with our mountain version of this famous New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration – and we hope it does. Enjoy six days of cajun food, music from the bayou, parades and fun-filled surprises for all ages.
But if you do crave the beach, we offer you “Beach Weeks.” We celebrate the beach with a twist of mountain humor from around March 10 through the 24. Beach attire takes over the scene both on the slopes and in town. Get your bikinis, sandals, shorts, Ts, and your appetite ready for a tropical party in Red River. We promise to deliver music and drinks to fit the occasion.
Pop into Red River Trading Company, Bobcat’s Gift Shop, or Main Street Mercantile – all on Main Street – for some shopping that won’t likely include seashells and sand dollars. You will find some pretty unique gifts to show the folks back home.
If your spring break is around April, we have plenty for you.
As temperatures rise and the snow starts to melt, it’s the perfect time to take a scenic trek through nature. Hiking is great fun (and great exercise without even knowing you are doing it). Some of the best trails in northern New Mexico are right here in Red River. Easy, moderate or difficult trails all await you. Most trails are the perfect length which can have you back in town by nightfall in your nice warm bed. The hike to Wheeler Peak at the heart of The Enchanted Circle, however, is 16 miles round-trip with elevations beginning at 10,000 ft climbing to over 13,000 feet. We only recommend this trip for the experienced mountain hikers.
Off-Roading in Red River
“Where the Pavement Ends, The Fun Begins”. Off-road adventure can be enjoyed any time – winter, summer, fall and spring break! Take a tour to the mountains around Red River in a guided tour on a SnowCat. If you prefer to strike out on your own, with your own ATV or rental, you can do that too! Once you do, you will wonder why you ever went to the beach. Just remember, ATVs are not allowed on Main Street.
While other kids return to class tired and not feeling great due to sunburns and jellyfish stings or because they encountered a pop-pop, you can return refreshed and ready to finish the task at hand – another few months of school and activities, and then summer is here! Red River is the best kept secret for spring break. You might enjoy it so much, you just might have to do it all over again during this year’s summer break.
**Dates are subject to change for each year**