Destination guide

Red River—New Mexico’s premiere mountain playground

Many Red River vacation rentals started life as mining cabins, when this New Mexico mountain resort was a booming prospecting town. Explorers and fur trappers set up shop here in the 19th century, excavating the scenic mountains for gold, silver, and copper. It was only when the Gold Rush dried up that the mountain playground we know today was born. Visitors flock here for camping, hiking, and mountain biking in the balmy summer months, while winter-sports enthusiasts make Red River vacation rentals their home base for skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country excursions.

Things to do

The attraction’s all natural in Red River

The natural attractions around Red River are plentiful in supply, with the region’s idyllic location in the Sangre de Cristo mountains offering panoramic views of stunning rock formations. Carson National Forest attracts hikers, campers, and families with a variety of trails through these awe-inspiring surroundings. The Wild Rivers Recreation Trail is home to the Red River Fish Hatchery, where kids can admire native marine life up close. You can also choose to stop and take in the towering cliffs of the Rio Grande Gorge, or marvel at the petroglyphs along the Big Arsenic Trail.

Activities

Red River’s throwing a party

Few towns can rival Red River’s jam-packed social calendar. Year-round events and festivities create an electric atmosphere and keep Red River vacation rentals in high demand. Kids will love the 4th of July celebration, which features one of the largest parades in northern New Mexico, as well as live music and family-friendly events. Students should head for Oktoberfest, where craft-beer vendors, German polka dancing, and bratwurst-eating competitions maintain high spirits during the cooler fall months. The annual Art & Wine Festival is held every Father’s Day weekend, with tastings, art exhibitions, and local bands promising a sophisticated weekend getaway.

Day trips

Day trips near Red River vacation homes

Red River serves as an ideal base camp to explore the attractions of Santa Fe. Vacation homes are just a short distance from places like Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, a museum with permanent and rotating exhibits of the famed artist’s works, and Palace of the Governors, a history museum with informational exhibits on the development of New Mexico. You may also like Santa Fe Plaza, a historic city plaza with benches, a bandstand, and ethnic markets, and Canyon Road, a vibrant shopping area with unique gifts and art galleries.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Red River getaway cabins

New Mexico’s varying climate has lent year-round popularity to Red River vacation rentals. The balmy summers reach averages of 75°F, though cool mountain breezes mean that outdoor activities are always enjoyably comfortable. In winter, when temperatures drop to the 40s and snowfall becomes common, the mountain becomes a winter-sports paradise, thanks to snowboarding, skiing, and cheap Red River vacation rental cabins. The best availability and the lowest prices are found in spring and fall, when weather is pleasantly mild, and the leaves are blooming and falling respectively.

Natural features

Let Red River warm you up

The restorative waters of Ojo Caliente around Red River are steeped in history and mythology. These hot springs are said to possess healing properties and were a sacred place to the region’s native population. Today, visitors staying in nearby Red River vacation rentals make the pilgrimage to this secluded spot to soak in the 4 different mineral waters and enjoy a soothing bathe. You can sink into these revitalizing springs beneath the unforgettable image of a New Mexico sunset and let your cares melt away in the gentle, sulfur-free pools.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Red River vacation rentals

Red River boasts numerous family-friendly attractions for kids of all ages. Vacation homes are available near places like the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area, a network of backcountry trails for skiing and snowshoeing in a mountain setting, and Mallette Park, a recreational park with forest trails, rock climbing, and a children’s playground. You could also take a ride on Bobcat Pass, a high mountain pass with scenic views of the area’s peaks and valleys.

Where to stay around Red River?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 344 vacation rentals near Red River. From 77 Cabins to 118 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Red River for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Red River?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Red River. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area: 1,138 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 348 vacation rentals
  • Red River Nature Trail: 348 vacation rentals
  • Black Mountain Playhouse & Lodge: 354 vacation rentals
  • Earthship BioTecture: 476 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Red River listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Red River?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 77 Cabins in Red River. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Red River include:

  • Houses: 118 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 75 rentals available
  • Cottages: 77 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Red River?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 22 vacation rentals with pool available in Red River. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.