It’s dusk and sunlight glitters on the water like so many jewels. A few nocturnal animals amble out for supper after their long day’s nap. A fresh hatch of bugs swarm over the water, occasionally getting nabbed by a hungry trout arching out of the water then flopping back leaving shimmering rings.

Fishing, it’s more than a way to provide tonight’s dinner. This is food for the soul. Red River offers many opportunities for fun and enjoyment from the river that flows through town to the Town of Red River fishing pond. Prime lake fishing, wild streams, special “catch-and-release” water… we’ve got it all!

Fishing licenses are available for purchase at Williams Trading Post, The Starr & Sitzmark Sports in Red River. You can also buy your license online here.

Find out more about obtaining your fishing license here.

The Carson National Forest is revising their forest plan and they are seeking input from those who use the forest. Click here and complete a brief survey to provide your input.


  • Jake & Jeff (Holly Snowden)


  • Fagan's Guided Fly Fishing

    Fagan's Guided Fly Fishing

    Licensed and insured fishing guide service operating under special usage permit to access the Red River in Carson National Forest. Guide Jeff Fagan has a variety of trips available for the novice or experienced angler. Join him for a day of fly fishing the best holes in the area. Fly rod, tackle, and waders are provided. All participants must provide a valid NM fishing license.
    Half Day Trip (3-4 hours) $200 + tax
    Full Day Trip (6 -7 hours) $300 + tax
    Rates are based on up to two people per trip. Add'l $35 per person, per trip.
    *Winter Special - Guided trip for two only $150! Valid through March 31, 2015.


    PO Box 932
    Red River , NM 87558
    (575) 770-9451
  • Frye's Old Town

    Frye's Old Town

    100 W. Main Street - Open Daily
    "Where the New and Old West Meet!"
    Souvenirs, Toys, Shopping Fun
    Home of the Gunfights since 1959.


    100 W. Main Street
    PO Box 839
    Red River , NM 87558
    (575) 754-3028
  • Mountain Shadow Angler

    1301 E. Main Street
    PO Box 586
    Red River , NM 87558
    (575) 754-6275
  • New Mexico Adventure Company

    New Mexico Adventure Company


    • Military Discount
    220 E. Main Street
    PO BOX 723
    Red River , NM 87558
    (575) 754-2721
  • Sitzmark Sports & Lodging

    Sitzmark Sports & Lodging

    Winter: Ski & Snowboard Rentals, Lodge
    Summer: Bike rental and repair, disc gold pro shop, skate boards, rafting and activity booking, Lodge


    • Non-Smoking Units
    • Kitchens
    • High Speed Internet Access
    • Fireplaces
    • Military Discount


    • $$,$$$,$$$$
    9 units
    416 W. Main Street
    PO Box 87
    Red River , NM 87558
    (575) 754-2456
  • The Starr Trading Post

    The Starr Trading Post

    Red River's most extensive inventory of fishing and fly fishing products, including rods & reels, waders, tackle boxes, and flies. We also carry clothing for men, women, and children, hats, gifts / souvenirs, and lots of goodies and educational toys for kids. Stop by and see us!

    300 E. Main Street
    PO Box 729
    Red River , NM 87558
    (575) 754-2320
  • Williams Trading Post

    Williams Trading Post

    Hardware, camping, fishing, and RV supplies

    306 E High Street
    PO Box 547
    Red River , NM 87558
    (575) 754-2217