While the rest of the Southwest heats up in the summer, Red River remains a cool mountain retreat. There’s plenty to do... and plenty of beautiful, shady places to do nothing at all. Along with hiking, biking, fishing, jeeping/ATV's, and other outdoor pursuits, add nearby golf and white-water rafting on the Rio Grande to the list.

Red River is known for events during the summer months. Check out our events calendar for information on our Classic Car Show, Blues Fest, Art & Wine Festival, Chili & BBQ Cook-off, Arts & Crafts Fair, Oktoberfest, and many other exciting events.

Mid-June through mid-August, experience mock bank robberies and shootouts at Frye’s Old Town. At day’s end, enjoy a cowboy evening complete with a chuck wagon-style dinner with all the fixin’s and a western stage show under the stars.

Want a list of things to do in Red River during the summer? Here are some suggestions.

Looking for information on camping in the forest around Red River? Here you go!

Red River Community House

The Red River Community House is known throughout the region as the best place for family entertainment. Throughout the summer the Community House offers over 400 FREE family-friendly activities like Movies on the Lawn, Music in the Mountains, “Chill” Teenager and Young Adult Night, daily hikes, history tours, and much, much more. For a complete list of all of the activities at the Red River Community House click here.

Red River Ski Area

Though you might consider the Red River Ski Area a prime location for winter recreation, we consider it a year-round venue for fun of all kinds. The ski area has many exciting activities in the warmer months, like summer mountain tubing, scenic summer chairlift rides, and a disc golf course at the top of the mountain. You can also hike and mountain bike around the ski area at no charge! Top it off with lunch or a drink at the Tip Restaurant for the complete Red River Ski Area experience.

ATV / OHV Permits and Information 

Check out Red River's Jeep, ATV & Motorcycle trails here.

The state of New Mexico requires a day use permit or registration for all ATV's/OHV's.  To read New Mexico's permit policy for non-residents click here. Save time by purchasing your permit in advance with the online licensing system.  You will need to create a new account, then you are given the option to purchase your ATV permit. IMPORTANT: Add all of your vehicles to the permit application before you click "review application." This will save you the $4.95 processing fee for each of your vehicles.  Once you have completed the online purchase you will receive an email confirmation.  Print out your confirmation, which will serve as your temporary permit. 

Visitor Center Instruction Sheet for purchasing your permit

Questions about the ATV permitting process? Email the Red River Visitor Center for help!

For more information on how to obtain your permit and New Mexico's safety rules, click here.  For information on permit enforcement, click here.

Want to know what the locals know? Click here to read "Tips for Vacationing in Red River."

 “Red River, New Mexico: voted number one by the Guidebook America kid’s team for fun, entertainment, and kid-friendly lodging.”

  - guidebookamerica.com, March 2007