I've been vacationing at Red River, New Mexico nearly every summer since I was 12 years old. It's the perfect mountain getaway for the Oklahoma/North Texas region and we notice that a majority of visitors are from those areas. Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, not only is it a skiing destination in the winter, but it's awesome to escape the heat of the summer and spend some time in the cool climate of the mountains.
The past two summers our family has done big road trips (one to each coast), so we were all ready to head back to our familiar happy place this summer to relax. The majority of the time we visit in the summer (we've never been there in the winter to ski!!), but we've been multiple times at Fall Break as well and it's gorgeous with all of the golden leafed Aspen trees covering the mountainsides.
Our standard lodging spot is The Riverside Lodge and Cabins. There are a variety of accommodations available, but we really love the location (center of town) and the grounds at the Riverside. That being said, the rustic decor hasn't changed in 30 years, but the rooms have always met our needs.
We've stayed in almost all of the different kinds of rooms at the lodge. This time we were in one of the two story units, we enjoy the deck and porch and it gives us a little more room to spread out. There were lots of families on property too, and apparently some family reunions because there were several big family groups there during our stay.
We usually take a few balls, gloves, a frisbee, etc., as well as some extra folding lawn chairs to use on the porch and around town. There are several parks in town in addition to the grassy lawn at our lodge and green space to play along the river.
There's a playground in the center of the complex that was fabulous when the kids were young. There's lots of fun for all ages on property, including a hot tub, shuffleboard, basketball goal, horseshoes, ladder ball, and corn hole.
We got a big corn hole bracket going with the whole family participating. My little sis and her game winning shot... she's not competitive at all. #onoppositeday
Ultimately, in a showdown between my husband and my Dad, Ray pulled off the win for the grand championship!
Other than The Riverside, there are a few other place I can recommend. My middle sister's family stayed at La Casita earlier this summer and they highly recommend it. The Riverside used to own World Mark by Wyndham, and I've stayed there in the past. Now it's mainly timeshares but I believe they still have units to rent out. It's nice because all the units back up to the river. We have dear friends that always stay at Copper King Lodge & Cabins (particularly riverfront cabins) and highly recommend it. Although I haven't stayed at these two, they are supposed to be great too- 3 Bears Lodge, and Edelweiss Condos (has a pool). For a full list of in-town lodging, go here. There are also many vacation home rentals available, here's a list to start with but there may be more available with some searching. Lastly, there are abundant campgrounds and RV parks in the area if you're wanting to camp!
The Community House offers a wide variety of activities throughout the summer, including guided hikes and tours, kids' activities, s'mores on the lawn nights, movie nights, line and square dancing, crafts, and church services on Sunday. If you go make sure to get a schedule for the week so you can see all that is going on. One of the kids' favorite activities is the bi-weekly boat races, where the kids make their own boat from wood scraps then race them in the river. We grew up going to the Community House in the evenings to watch all of the square dancers... decked out in their dancing clothes with layered petticoats and all! It was always fun to see where everyone was from.
There's a go-kart track in town, it was a happy day for each child when they were finally tall enough to drive their own car.
At the base of one of the lifts the town has put in a Summer play area, complete with the nicest ropes courses I've seen, and two tubing courses (one for little guys and one for older kids/adults). There's also the "Playhouse" (white roof in distance) with roller skating, pool, some arcade games, and mini-golf. My sisters and I grew up living at the Playhouse playing outdoor mini-golf, Ms. PacMan, and air hockey, but honestly, it's seen better days. OK for some activities, but it's sadly getting run down.
The kids enjoyed the larger tubing course that winds down the mountains, they actually spray the bottom of the tubes with cooking spray to make them go faster!
There are a multitude of hiking trails at various degrees of difficulty. The Community House offers a variety of guided hikes, or there are trail maps available around town if you'd like to set out on your own. Any hotel or shop owner is always a good resource as well.
Lots of jeep and ATV trails are in the area, but there are a few picturesque spots you can drive most vehicles to, even though the roads are a bit rough. One that we love to visit is Cabresto Lake. It makes a good picnic and fishing spot and there are trails around it if you want to do some hiking while you're there.
My parents and youngest sister and her husband met us in Red River for vacation this year, so it was fun to hang out with family! Aren't my Dad and Mom cute? :)
Shout out to my family- they were good sports to dress nicely and let me get in a little family photo shoot the morning that we headed home.
One note, Summer and Winter (through Spring Break) are peak seasons. We really enjoy being there in the Fall, but just know that it's off season and some restaurants/shops/activities might not be open, and the town is extra quiet, however most hotel rates are discounted. We don't mind the sleepy town at all, but just so you know!
I have a feeling some of you have been to Red River. I'd love to see some of your favorite memories or things to do there in the comments!