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Red River, NM


Roadside stop outside Red River

Red River has a nice ski area ... not as nice as Angel Fire, but still nice.


The town has more "tourist" shopping than Angel Fire, but it's pretty much all the same ... imprinted T-shirts, etc.  What little handiwork your find in the Enchanted Circle is art, and that's mainly in Taos.


Der Markt was the most expensive grocery store in which we shopped in the Enchanted Circle.  Gas prices are high (cheapest gas is in Taos, second cheapest is in Angel Fire, and then Eagle Nest).  Shopping is cheaper and friendlier in Eagle Nest, a few miles Southeast (cross Bobcat Pass, go to the stop sign and turn left).


The stores are quite unfriendly when it comes to restrooms.  The Valero gas station has a sign that they have no public restrooms.  Fortunately, there are very nice facilities at the convention center, but limited hours.


The scenery in and around Red River was amazing.  Rivers, trees, mountains, deer ... you see it all.  It's beauty you can only imagine from seeing the pictures on this page.  You need to see it in person.


Riding the lift in the summer was the highlight of our visit, and provided some of the best scenery.


In short, Red River is great for riding the lift (Angel Fire is better), dining at the two restaurants listed below, and scenery -- particularly west of town (see picture to left).


Please enjoy the pictures below.




Ski Lift Pictures





We tried to go to a new Mexican restaurant that sounded good.  After driving from Angel Fire to Red River, we saw a hand-drawn sign on their door that said they were open.  They locked the door about 5 seconds before we opened it.  So, we went to Sundance, instead.



Sundance Mexican Restaurant


Somewhat hidden back on High St., the food is pretty good.  For Texans, most Mexican restaurants in New Mexico don't understand "queso," but will often leave off the chili and put "cheese" on it if you desire.  It's still not Tex-Mex, but it's the closest you'll find in New Mexico.  They'll also avoid the "soup" that so often covers "New Mexican" food (giving it the appearance that someone threw up on it).  We have dined at Sundance for 20 years, and the food quality has gone down considerably.  Some of the locals say they don't eat there any more, but it was still tasty and we wouldn't hesitate to have a meal there again.



Texas Red's


Texas Red's is a Red River tradition.  They're on Main Street (located in "The Lodge"), but it's at least the third location on that street.  The atmosphere is casual, peanut shells adorn the floor and the food is good.


We had something unusual happen there.  The restaurant is large and spread out.  We were seated at the end of one of the wings, where there is a row of tables down each side and one in the middle ... we were in the middle.  Just after sitting down, I was hit by a peanut.  I assumed some kid was having fun, so I ignored it until the second peanut hit me, so I snuck a look over to my right.  Seated at the table to our right was Ed, the hot-air balloon pilot from Taos with whom we had flown a few days earlier.  After greeting Ed, he pointed to the table to our left -- at that table were two people who were also on that same hot-air balloon ride.  It would be easy to have all 3 of our groups in the same restaurant and never see each other.  But, to have all three of us there on the same night, at the same time, and in the same wing of the restaurant was quite a coincidence.  (Pictures below were taken in low light with a cell phone.)


Left -- The man in the light-colored hat is Ed, pilot for Pueblo Balloon Company.  The man in the black hat is J. D. Challenger, a renowned artist from the Taos area.  Quite a few people came up to greet him ... it was obviously he was a celebrity.


Right -- The people who rode in the hot-air balloon the same day we did.


Left -- Bill Gill, owner of Texas Red's, a very nice and cordial man.


Right -- Bill Gill with Georgia & Ray Williams.




(Some may have been taken while moving, so please pardon them being a little blurry.)

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Sign in town





Red River, west of the city of Red River




Red River, west of the city of Red River

Red River, west of the city of Red River






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Pictures above were taken in June, 2010.  Pictures below were taken in August, 2009.
















































Angel Fire

Angel Fire Excursions

Angel Fire Lift Ride

Driving in New Mexico

Hot-air Balloon

Red River


Scenic Railroad

Vietnam Memorial


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