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OHVs & Jeeps

OHV & Jeeps in Red River
Head from Red River’s Main Street in any direction and today’s four-wheel-drive adventure has multiple options. 

ohv-jeeps (1)Because this area is rich with public land, there are hundreds of miles of roads and challenging trails. Those without their own rigs can still head to the high country courtesy of local tour operators and rental companies. Guided tours are a great bet for families as skilled driver/storytellers weave history, natural history, ghost stories and other lore into their trip. Trips to abandoned cabins and gold mines – and gold panning – are often part of the experience.

The State of New Mexico requires a day use permit or registration for all ATVs/OHVs.  Read New Mexico's permit policy for non-residents.

Click here for Rules for ROV Use Inside Town Limits
Click here for Jeep, OHV & Motorcycle Trails in the Red River Area.
Click here for more trail information for the Questa Ranger District of Carson National Forest.
Click here for an OHV trail map of the Questa Ranger District in Carson National Forest.
Click here for instructions on how to obtain an OHV Permit in New Mexico.

Save time by purchasing your permit with the online licensing system

Tread Lightly

Whether you drive your own, rent or take a tour, please remember to “Tread Lightly.” In alpine environments, scars on the land take years, sometimes centuries to heal. Riders are asked to protect our natural resources by riding responsibly and practicing outdoor ethics, like those created by Tread Lightly:

  • Travel only in areas open to four-wheel drive or all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use.
  • Minimize wheel spin. On switchbacks, avoid roosting around the apex of the turn when climbing or brake-sliding during descent, both of which gouge the trail.
  • When possible, avoid mud. In soft terrain, go easy on the gas to avoid wheel spin, which can cause rutting.
  • Drive over, not around obstacles to avoid widening the trail.
  • Straddle ruts, gullies, and washouts even if they are wider than your vehicle.
  • Cross streams only at designated fording points, where the trail crosses the stream.
  • Comply with all signs and respect barriers.
  • When using a tree as an anchor, use a wide tree strap to avoid damaging the trunk of the tree.