Red River

A stroll down Main Street in Red River reveals shops, restaurants and motels from a seemingly bygone era. The tiny hamlet — at an elevation of 8,750 feet — offers bright blue skies and plenty of access to the great outdoors.

Though the town began as a gold, silver and copper mining outpost, visitors today can score a different kind of treasure — epic outdoor adventure. The Red River Ski Area base is in the heart of town and has easy access to lifts.

Kenyze Contreras, 10, of Amarillo, Texas., competes in the Gator Plunge Saturday (Feb. 22) during Mardi Gras in the Mountains in Red River.

Visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more. The ski area has 64 trails, 7 lifts and more than 200 skiable acres, combined with an average of 214 inches of snowfall and more than 300 days of sunshine a year.

Krewe De Los Muertos members Pat Spillers, of Red River, pets Floyd on Saturday (Feb. 22) before the parade during Mardi Gras in the Mountains in Red River.

Thirsty adventurers can wet their whistle at The Motherlode Saloon, Bull o’ the Woods Saloon or the Red River Brewing Company & Distillery, and sit down for supper at Vine+Dine, Texas Reds Steakhouse and Brett’s Bistro. 

Jessica Rimsza, of Albuquerque, prepares to compete in an obstacle course Saturday (Oct. 12) in the run for Miss Oktoberfest at Brandenburg Park in Red River.
Red River tourism 

Enchanted Forest Cross Country Area

Red River Ski & Summer Area