Guide to Sangre de Cristo Mountains

One of the reasons Red River, New Mexico is such a popular vacation spot is because of its natural surroundings. Red River sits amidst the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a subrange of the Rocky Mountains. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains stretch from southern Colorado down to near Santa Fe. Red River's location in this range allows it to take full advantage of these New Mexico mountains and offer a wide array of outdoor activities. The following is our guide of things to do in Red River and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
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Red River is nestled in a valley among the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Towering peaks surround this quiet resort town but provide some great opportunities to get outdoors. Regardless of the season, there are activities for all on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Much of the mountains are draped in the Carson National Forest, providing an excellent opportunity to see some gorgeous New Mexico nature. Some of the popular peaks to see include Baldy Mountain, Greenie Peak, Venado Peak, Van Diest Peak and Sawmill Mountain.

Popular activities
: The Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide a vast network of hiking trails perfect for all ages and abilities. Take a trip into these New Mexico mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Some popular trails include Lost Lake Trail; Horseshoe Lake Trail; and Goose Creek Nature Hike. There are no shortage of hiking trails to choose from and they are sure to keep you busy.

To learn more about our favorite trails, be sure to check out our Best Hiking Trails Near Red River, New Mexico page.

Skiing: One of the perks of being among the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is that business keeps chugging during the winter months. That's largely because of the many ski slopes available. The Red River Ski and Summer Area is home to 67 runs perfect for all ages and abilities. Wanting to take it a bit slower? The Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area is perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. There is no shortage of things to do in Red River in the winter.

Better enjoy the Sangre de Cristo Mountains during the winter with our guide to Winter Activities near Red River, NM.

Off-roading: Red River is a popular spot for off-roading both in the winter and the summer. Whether it's jeeps, motorcycles, ATVs or snowmobiles, there are some great ways to enjoy the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that don't involve hiking. There are many off-highway motor vehicles (OHVs) trails you can explore and plenty of places in Red River that offer rentals and tours.

Learn more about off-roading opportunities near Red River with our guide to off-roading.

Fishing: The mountainous setting also comes with plenty of lakes and rivers. This means plenty of chances for fishing. The Red River Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Department of Fish and Game keep the nearby bodies of water stocked for visiting anglers. Upper and Lower Red River, Lost Lake, Lower Red River and Horseshoe Lake are just some of the great fishing spots near Red River. There are also opportunities for winter fly fishing and ice fishing.

Check out our favorite fishing spots with our guide to fishing near Red River.

Horseback Riding: Another great way to explore the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is heading out on a horse. Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures offers several options for guided horseback tours of the nearby area and a chance to indulge in some great New Mexico outdoor sights. Red River Stables is another great option to take to horseback and enjoy the trails surrounding Red River.

Regardless of how you enjoy Red River and the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains, you are sure to thoroughly enjoy the natural beauty of the New Mexico outdoors. Be sure to book a stay at Alpine Lodge to get started.