The Newbie’s Guide to Red River, New Mexico

By Kenneth Perkins

The first thing a newcomer to Red River, New Mexico will realize is that this mountainous getaway has one of the most popular ski resorts in the country. They will also learn rather quickly how there’s more to Red River than lacing up the skis and hitting a resort that offers six chair lifts and one surface lift, and the trails are equally divided for beginners, intermediates and experts.

Lodging Tips

Lodging can be obtained in cabins, chalets, inns, or private condominiums, all scattered throughout the area. Many lodging packages (as well as ski packages) are available, and Red River offers snow pass rates allowing children to ski for free and teens to ski at reduced rates. It’s a great way to save money on a family vacation.

There Can Be Fun Without Skis

Even if you don’t ski, there is plenty of fun to be had. Scenic chairlift rides, hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, snow-mobiling, and hunting are all there. You can even take one of the jeep tours go to see the abandoned gold mines in the area.

The Greatest Three-Day Vacation

Watch the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, enjoy a Snow coach dinner tour of the Red River Ski Area, go sledding at Mallette Park or the hill near St. Edwin’s Church, Roller Skate, play indoor putt-putt golf, billiards, ping pong, darts or arcade games at the Playhouse.

Won’t Ever Forget The Candy Crate

This is a nostalgic candy store known for fresh candy mountain fudge in over 40 varieties. The Candy Crate also carries fine chocolates, ice cream, glazed nuts, snacks and beverages, T-shirts, wacky hats and sunglasses, and a wide variety of gift items are also on shelves. A trip to Red River without a pit stop to the Candy Crate is unheard of.

Red River Gallery of Fine Art

Home of Kenneth Wyatt family art, which according to the cowboys who know their trade, is said to be the best painter of the horse in Western art. The Red River Gallery of Fine Art carries originals, art reproductions, sculptures, books, and Christian art. But the main focus is art from the Wyatt clan. Jake Marshall is the newest artist (3rd generation) in the Wyatt family of artists. He is the grandson of Kenneth and son of artist Jill Wyatt-Marshall.

Winter Carnival & Parade of Ice

Events include snowmobile races, massive ice sculptures carved right before your eyes, snowman building, kid-friendly games and events, live music, shopping strolls, torchlight parades, and fireworks. You can race to the top of the Face of the Red River Ski Area. Contestants are timed and compete for cash prizes and bragging rights.

For more information on what makes Red River, New Mexico a great vacation destination for newbies and vacation veterans, visit

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