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Date: November 16, 2022


RED RIVER, NEW MEXICO – Red River is known across the country as “The Ski Town of the Southwest.”  The Red River Ski & Summer Area opens for business the day before Thanksgiving every year to downhill skiers and snowboarders ready for fresh snow.  Just a short walk from anywhere in town, the Red River Ski & Summer Area is a favorite for people wishing to spend more time on the mountain and no time on a shuttle.  Many lodges are available with “ski in, ski out” accommodations, and two of the main lifts leave from the center of town.  To ensure that winter sports are available regardless of the weather, the Red River Ski & Summer Area is the snowmaking leader in the Southern Rocky Mountains.

Never tried going downhill?  The Ski School staff is ready to help with plenty of PSIA and AASI certified ski and snowboard instructors for both adult and children’s lessons.  Once you’ve made your last run for the day the entire family can enjoy tubing at the Main Chalet.

The Red River Ski & Summer Area has a great line up of special events all season like the torchlight parade every Saturday night, frozen turkey races, Race the Face Snowmobile Hill Climb, Ski Ranch Rodeo and much more. One of the most exciting winter highlights in Red River is our annual “Mardi Gras in the Mountains” celebration.  Just like New Orleans, Red River brings together parades, crawfish boils, costume balls, live music and LOTS of beads for the greatest Mardi Gras celebration in the Rocky Mountains.  The entire town gets into the party, so join us for “Mardi Gras in the Mountains” and laissez les bon temps rouler!

On the other side of town, Red River offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Area.   The Enchanted Forest has hosted many cross-country skiing competitions, and is famous in the Rocky Mountains for the spectacular views of Wheeler and Latir Peaks.  After dark, try a moonlight cross-country ski or snowshoe tour.  If you prefer more throttle in a winter vacation, hop on a snowmobile or a snowcat to discover the scenic backcountry or cruise miles of groomed trails all the way up to Greenie Peak or Pioneer Canyon.  Snowmobiles are great fun for everyone in the family, so bring your own or rent one here.


Contact Information:

Max Khudiakov, Tourism & Economic Development Director

(575) 754-1708 - office