It’s getting closer now …

Red River, N.M., looking northwest Courtesy I, Zeality. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Red River, N.M., looking northwest Courtesy I, Zeality. Licensed under CC by 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

With my family’s return yesterday from a three-week vacation, we’re another step closer to a Jeeping vacation to Red River, N.M. It’ll be our first time to the area, though a number of our friends make the six-hour pilgrimage every summer.

Words can’t describe how much I’m longing for those beautiful mountain vistas! While this quaint ski town of about 500 people has a lot to offer, I’m most looking forward to taking Smokey on some relaxing trails that will afford us every opportunity to soak in the mountain scenery.

The local tourism organization describe the off-road opportunities this way:

“Transportation in the high country is a special experience, coming in many forms and offering excitement and fun, depending on your philosophy of life and how your past experiences have affected your current view of the future.

Jeep roads: They can make you crazy or they can be the most fun you’ve ever had in a motorized vehicle.

Many of the roads that lead to the surrounding mountains were built as work trails to the forest. Some are remnants of old wagon trails from Raton and the boomtown of LaBelle which brought early miners, settlers and supplies to the valley, while others were created more recently to accommodate trucks for logging operations. They are, to put it mildly, rocky and ‘bumpy.’

That is the very thing, though, that makes them a treat – plus the ultimate, breathtaking destination of, say, Greenie Peak, Goose Lake or the top of the Old Pass Road which can provide a lifetime of memories.”

It can’t come soon enough. Keep an eye on this site for trip prep, trail reports and more before and during the trip!


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