Red River, NM
The hikes are strenuous, but the rewards sweet in Red River, the tiny ski burg 36 miles from Taos in the heart of New Mexico’s
Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Brave your way up Wheeler Peak (fs.usda.gov/carson), the state’s highest mountain, at 13,161 feet, in a rigorous 16-mile round-trip excursion. (Hike starts about 8 miles southeast
of downtown at the Horseshoe Lake/East Fork Trail.) Or stay in town and let the Platinum Chairlift whisk you up Red River
Ski Area ($15; redriverskiarea.com) past 10,000 feet, then follow easy marked trails or just fan out along the mountainside.
Stay: Cozy up in the forested riverside cabins at Copper King Lodge, where a river-facing hot tub and fishing holes are just steps from your door. From $79; 3-night min.; copperkinglodge.com