Trees changing color along a river in New Mexico


Trip Guide: Red River

Look out, Nashville. Red River’s got a groove all its own.


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Alongtime skiing, hiking, and fishing hotspot, Red River also boasts a thriving music scene. All year long, you can sample live music in the historic downtown, which also brims with local shops and restaurants. Hop on the chairlift for soaring views of this mountainous region.

Hike, fish, and take an offroad vehicle into the beautiful backcountry. Bunk up in cabins, hotels, and vacation homes.

Red River Co-Op - Red River Music & BBQ Festival
Above: Red River's Music and BBQ Festival. Photograph courtesy of Town of Red River.

Remember to bring your dancing shoes for these fun festivals, featuring national headliners:

July 9–12, Michael Martin Murphey’s American WestFest celebrates the art, culture, and music of the West.

August 12–15, Red River’s 8750' Music & BBQ Festival spotlights a rousing music scene plus some of the best BBQ anywhere, anytime!

Red River Co-Op - Red River Music & BBQ Festival
Above: More from Red River's Music and BBQ Festival. Photograph courtesy of Town of Red River.

August 20–23, the 46th Annual Southwest Pickers Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival shows its roots.

September 25–27, the Red River Folk Festival at Aspencade attracts folk artists from all over the U.S. 

For more ideas on what to do in New Mexico, check out our Travel page or our monthly calendar of events.





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