Red River Stables
See the Rocky Mountains on Horseback
Explore Northern New Mexico's Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains the way they did in the Old West - on horseback! Red River Stables has provided fun and exciting trail rides to New Mexico visitors for nearly 50 years. Owned and operated by a fifth generation Red River family, riding the mountain trails and alpine meadows of Northern New Mexico on horseback is in their blood, as stable manager Dirk is related to New Mexico frontiersman Kit Carson.
Rides and mounts are available for all skill levels from beginner to the most experienced riders, with a wide range of trail ride options available from hourly rides to all day treks. You can combine your horseback fun with fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing, so don't forget your camera and your gear. Red River Stables even offers some winter rides when weather permits.
One Hour Tour:
This most popular ride leaves the stables several times daily, climbing 400+ feet to reveal breathtaking vistas of Red River and the ski area.
Three Hour Tour:
This ride brings you and your horse up Elephant Rock Trail; a great ride for beginners and intermediate riders.
Four, Six and Eight Hour Tours:
The Columbine Trail
The Columbine Trail crosses Columbine Creek and winds up in alpine meadows carpeted with wildflowers in season. The Columbine Canyon Trail is an absolute paradise.
Middle Fork Lake
A ride to Middle Fork Lake is the choice to enjoy wonderful fishing for rainbow and Northern New Mexico's native cutthroat trout in a remote, high mountain lake. Pack a lunch, or Red River Stables will provide one. It is an adventure for the true sportsman, and one not to be missed.
Wheeler Peak Ride and Hike
Ride the East Fork Trail to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness Boundary. Your guides will drop you off so that you can hike up to the top of Wheeler Peak, and fish Horseshoe Lake or Lost Lake.
Whatever ride you choose will take you into the back country of the Carson National Forest's more than 1 million acres of pine and aspen forests, meadows, mountains, valleys and lakes. On horseback is the best way to enjoy this pristine wilderness under brilliant blue New Mexico skies.
While all trail riders have to be six or older, little ones who want to "ride a horsey" will enjoy Red River Stables' parking lot special. The stables have horses for all skill level riders, from the gentlest to more spirited mounts with good dispositions.
A Rocky Mountain Recreation Paradise
A former mining town, Red River, New Mexico has been a summer resort destination for more than a century. Its median summer daytime temperature of 75° makes it the ideal place to beat the summer heat. Outdoor recreation and fun family activities abound in this Rocky Mountain paradise. Hiking, mountain and road biking, fishing and of course horseback riding are favored daytime activities, and once you put your horse away for the night, mosey on over to enjoy a Cowboy Evening under a multitude of stars, or music and dancing at one of the local watering holes.
And festivals abound! Mardi Gras lasts 10 days in Red River, spring break is a big favorite, and Memorial Day weekend starts the summer off with a roar, as more than 30,000 folks arrive for the motorcycle rally. Through the summer you can enjoy a blues festival, Chili cook-off, and an antique car rally with a town-wide garage sale. And there's plenty more where they came from.
If you prefer a more leisurely and relaxing vacation, Red River is the place to watch the hummingbirds, Rocky Mountain bluebirds, a wide variety of raptors and wildlife galore ... and as we mentioned earlier ... don't forget your camera!
Located at 800 East Main St. at the "Y" on the east end of Red River, New Mexico, Red River Stables is licensed and insured to operate on Carson National Forest lands. Reservations are strongly recommended, and horse boarding is also available.
Red River Stables
Dirk and Kathy Neal
800 East Main St.
Red River, NM 87558
Dirk's Cell: (575) 779-0945
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