Dates February 20-25
Red River, NM
Celebrate Mardi Gras in the snow-capped mountains of Red River! The unique blend of Mardi Gras and Red River traditions draws crowds from across the country. Dress up and celebrate a good time during the Grand Ball; experience something new with the burning of the Loup-garu—a spirit that removes your troubles and worries for the coming year; prepare your palate for Cajun cook offs and crawfish boils; and bundle up and watch the annual Mardi Gras Main Street Parade.
Drive north to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area for a bird’s-eye view of the Rio Grande Gorge. There are five hikes down to the river and a wonderful rim-side nature trail. For non-hikers, there are picnic tables and several vantage points along the rim.
Escape to the mountains for an authentic New Mexican ski experience. At Red River Ski & Summer Area, you’ll find wide-open groomers, park laps, and steep powder-filled trees. Enjoy fresh powder stashes that last days after a storm.
The Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area in the Carson National Forest offers wide groomed, signed, and patrolled trails for both classic and freestyle skiing. Enjoy access to miles and miles of backcountry trails ideal for skiing, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, bird watching, and just getting out in nature.
Plan a day trip and embark upon one of New Mexico’s scenic drives—the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway! Visit one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America, explore out a ghost town or two, see the United States’ first memorial to Vietnam War Veterans, discover some of Northern New Mexico’s charming mountain towns, take in the stunning scenery, and so much more on this 84-mile byway.