Often referred to as "The Mountain Playground of the Southern Rockies," Red River features plenty of things to do to make a great vacation spot for people of all ages. Summers offer a haven to those in hot climates with our average high temperature in the 70’s and average nightly low in the 40’s. For the adventurous winter traveler, Red River receives an average of 214 inches of snow per year making the area a winter wonderland. In addition, the Red River Ski Area has snowmaking capabilities on 85% of the terrain so snow sports begin Thanksgiving weekend every year! Whether traveling Summer, Fall, or Winter, the Alpine Lodge is simply in a remarkable location to explore the Southern Rockies.
Located less than 100 feet from the Red River Ski Area's Main Chair Lift (Platinum Triple Chair), adjacent to the Carson National Forest, on the Red River, and on Main Street, our lodge is in a perfect location to enjoy the many things to do in Red River in any season. Start planning your Red River adventure today and book now at the Alpine Lodge!
Planning a Ski Vacation?
First, book your best available rate for cabins, condos, or hotel rooms at the Alpine Lodge by clicking the logo below.
Then, book your lift tickets, equipment rentals, and lessons by clicking the Ski Area logo below.
Red River Ski Area - Winter on the mountain starts at the Main Chair Lift (Platinum Triple Chair) located less than 100 feet from the Alpine Lodge for quick, easy access to all of the Ski Area's winter activities.
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- Youth, Teen, and Adult Lessons
- Torchlight Parade and Fireworks every Saturday evening at the Face. Alpine Lodge guests can watch this Red River tradition right from their lodge.
- Snow Tubing
- Snow Coach Dinner Tours
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing - Visit the Enchanted Forest, New Mexico’s only full service cross country ski and snowshoe area. The Enchanted Forest offers 33km of 12 - 16 ft. wide groomed trails for both classic and freestyle skiing and 15km devoted to snowshoes and access to miles and miles of backcountry trails.
Snowmobiling- There are many great snowmobiling trails just minutes from the lodge. Book a tour or bring your own snowmobile.
Summer & Fall Activities
- Red River Ski Area - Summer on the mountain starts at the Main Chair Lift (Platinum Triple Chair) located less than 100 feet from the Alpine Lodge for quick, easy access to all of the Ski Area's summer activities.
- Scenic Summer Chair Lift Rides
- Pioneer Flyer
- Hidden Treasure Aerial Park
- Summer Tubing
- Mountain Biking
- Two 9 Hole Disc Courses (One for beginners and one for experts)
- Carson National Forest - The Carson National Forest located adjacent to the Alpine Lodge offers some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest as well as amazing outdoor activities. Enjoy hiking, biking, photographing, fishing, bird watching, picnicking, and much more.
- Fishing - Enjoy fishing the Red River right from our private park behind the lodge or, take a drive and tour the Red River Fish Hatchery. The river is stocked throughout the summer.
- Hiking & Biking - Alpine Lodge is located right at the start of 3 trailheads for hiking and biking.
- Horseback Riding - Red River old-timers remember summer afternoons when Opal Gallagher Gwinn’s horses ran down the street on their way to their evening pasture at the Lewis Ranch. Before Opal and others began renting horses to summer visitors, however, horses were a way of life in town. Today, “city slickers” rent horses for a number of reasons, not least of which is to capture the feel of Red River’s mining days.
- Off-Road - If you really enjoy "roughing it", hit the back country in your Jeep or ROV (Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle). Red River’s ordinance enacted in September 2016 allows our guests the freedom to use ROV’s inside the town limits to travel from the Alpine Lodge to the trailheads. See if your vehicle qualifies. Remember to get your NM registration before you arrive. It's simple to get online.
- Community House Free Activities - Watch a movie under the stars, build a boat and race it down the river, listen to a musician on the lawn, all for free. Over 350 events are offered each summer.
- Hunting and Fishing in New Mexico - Elk, mule deer, turkey, and more are in the region for hunting.
- White Water Rafting - Rafting down the Rio Grande River is a thrilling activity that you'll never forget!
- Llama Trekking - Llama Trekking Day Hikes is a great way to experience the unspoiled wilderness in the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains or Rio Grande Gorge.
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Attractions and Day Trips
- Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway - This National Forest Scenic Byway circles around Wheeler Peak and is definitely a drive worth taking. Drive through the communities of Red River, Taos, Angel Fire, and Eagle Nest.
- Taos, NM - Enjoy the unique nature of this town.
- Rio Grande Gorge Bridge - walk across the gorge or for the more daring take a hot air balloon ride over the gorge and then relax in one of the natural hot springs.
- Taos Pueblo - Tour the historic pueblo, the only living Native American community.
- Taos Mountain Casino - also located on the Taos Pueblo is a casino.
- Taos Plaza & John Dunn Shops - stroll through the shops, museums, art galleries, and churches in the historic downtown area.
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park - The Park located on the Enchanted Circle in Angel Fire provides a memorial to veterans, especially those who served in Vietnam.
- Eagle Nest Lake State Park - Set in the scenic Moreno Valley and surrounded by two of the state's highest peaks, Baldy Mountain and Wheeler Peek, this 2,400-acre lake is known for its kokanee salmon and rainbow trout fishing.
- Little Red Schoolhouse Museum - Learn about the history of Red River which started as a mining town in 1895.
- Valle Vidal Preserve - The Valle Vidal is a veritable Rocky Mountain paradise, with abundant populations of Rocky Mountain wildlife, including mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, bald eagles, and native Rio Grande cutthroat trout.
- Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - Catch America's highest & longest narrow gauge scenic railroad in Antonito, CO only 80 miles away. The views are especially spectacular in the fall when aspens are in full color.
- Rio Grande Scenic Railroad – Catch the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Fort Garland, CO, only an hour away, for a chance to see bear, elk, fox, bald eagle, etc.
- Wild Rivers Recreation Area - In nearby Questa, NM, the Rio Grande River and Red River are preserved in their natural, free-flowing state for present and future generations to enjoy and appreciate.
- Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve - Located less than 100 miles from Red River, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve features the tallest dunes in North America.
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs - Deemed sacred by indigenous Native Americans of Northern New Mexico, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs has been a gathering place and a source of healing for hundreds, even thousands of years. It is only about 1 1/2 hours from Red River.
As you can see, the nickname "The Mountain Playground of the Southern Rockies" is incredibly fitting considering the large number of activities and attractions here in the Enchanted Circle. Come stay at the Alpine Lodge and experience all the area has to offer. Location couldn't get better!
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