Summer on the slopes in Red River, NM  

Soak in some sun––and work up a sweat––in Red River, New Mexico

Red River, NM

The town of Red River, after the skiers have gone.

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Downtown Red River, NM

A vintage truck on Main Street in Red River, NM.

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Red River, NM steakhouse

Texas Reds Steakhouse and the Lost Love Saloon in Red River, NM.

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Red River, NM chairlift

Views from the new Platinum Chairlift in Red River, NM.

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  • Red River, NM map

    Getting to Red River

    The town is 168 miles northeast of Albuquerque and 277 miles south of Denver.

Ski resorts, by definition, live in beautiful places—the biggest mountains, the most pristine forests. And those mountains don’t close shop come spring.

Many resorts have morphed into summertime playgrounds, but few do it with as much charm and small-town panache as Red River, a burg of 435 people in the heart of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

The former mining town was on the skids until snow seekers gave it new life in the late ’50s. Now it has beefed up its summer menu as well, with a new chairlift that opens up a whole mountain’s worth of trails.

Here’s the summertime skinny—plus three more ski towns that look pretty great in shorts too.

Where to hike

Where to go biking

Meet the locals 

Where to eat

After hours

Spend the night 

3 more ski resorts with summer spirit

Ted Alan Stedma|From the August 2010 Issue

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