During a fun vacation in Red River, we signed up with Red River Offroad for an offroad adventure in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Red River Offroad offers several options to get off the pavement and explore the scenic back roads and trails.
We signed up to rent a mule - not the 4 legged, stubborn one with a tail, but a four wheel drive UTV - a what you might ask! A UTV is a "utility vehicle" also known as a mule and they are similar to an ATV - all terrain vehicle. The UTV is bigger, wider, more stable, and can carry more cargo or passengers. Red River Offroad rents Kawasaki Mules that are 4 wheel drive, can carry up to six passengers in three rows of seats, and with wide tires that can handle mud to rocks and enough power to get you up some of the steepest mountains.
We had a fun ride on what is considered a moderate to difficult trail system. The trail traverses up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains starting at 8500' to Greenie Peak at 11,250' which is the highest peak in New Mexico that can be accessed by motorized vehicles. The views were jaw dropping!
At the bottom of Greenie Peak the trail road runs into another trail road which we took right to go to an old mining cave.
After the mine cave we followed the road to the Cabresto Lake turnoff. The narrower and tighter twisting bumpy trail road zig zags from 8400' feet a couple miles to 9500' and Cabresto Lake. This beautiful clear alpine 15 acre lake is one of the few places in New Mexico where you can catch brook trout.
Red River is loaded with several scenic trails that range from easy to very difficult for OHVs (off-highway motor vehicles) and you'll see a wide variety of OHVs on the trails or on trailers waiting to get offroad. There are also several trails for motorcycles only that are very difficult.
Red River Offroad also has offroad guided Jeep tours and offroad tours in a Pinzgauer plus UTV snowcat tours in the back country of Red River during the winter. They also offer challenging whitewater rafting trips on the Rio Grande through the "The Race Course" and a milder lower gorge Whitewater Rafting Trip perfect for families.
Or on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday the mountains come alive with a chuck wagon meal and live music during their Cowboy Evening Dinner and Music.