Red River Nature Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red River, New Mexico that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length3.2 miElevation gain452 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverWildlife
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Kelly Szczesniak
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The previous reviewer was right, it's really more like a hike through hotel's backyards, just on the other side of the river. There's also still huge sections covered in snow so very slippery because it's old, compacted snow. Halfway down the trail goes around someone's property and we just decided to turn back. I also thought the entrance was a bit hidden, you just go by the lift and right next to the lift operating shack is the entrance. I added a photo to help people find it in the future.

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Mark Brozio
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Expected a short, easy trail for a stroll with the wife. More like a hike through the ugly part of someone’s back yard. We ended up coming back on the sidewalks on the Red River side of the river. Stopped by Fawn Lakes trail on the way back and finished up the day there. That was much nicer and easier walking. The nature trail was worn out and eroded away in places

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Abbey Charlow
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Hiking

Nice, easy walk along the River with some beautiful photo ops.

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Bart Artz
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this trail intermixes with other trails poor signed direction but we managed. very beautiful, seen all kinds of wildlife. it is an easy trail if you happen to get on the right one . there was another couple that was older that was lost because of all the different trails with no clear markings.

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Victoria Oms
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Hiking

Didn’t really walk enough of the trail to give it a proper rating. Did see lots of deer around sunset though!

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Bob Howell
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Michelle Hargrave
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Karen Pound
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Brian Youngblood
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Hiking

Good for kids. Also slanted and slippery (gravel) in a few spots. 2 y/o and 4 y/o

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Rodney Youngblood
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Terry Dillard
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Jennifer Johnson
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My first hike and I loved it! I'm slightly physically disabled and my 76 yr old mother and my boyfriend hiked with me. Mom and I used hiking sticks and I highly recommend each person having two sticks... if you're a newbie who's only accustomed to the concrete jungle, that is.

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Tammy Chavez
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HikingGreat!

1st time doing this hike and got off the trail near the end. Nice trail and hike.

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Sally Owen
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It was nice. Not well marked. Got off a couple of times but enjoyable.

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Jordan Conner
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Beautiful! Follows the river at the back of town

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Brent Long
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Parts of the trail are closed because it is posted private property no trespassing. Too dirty, noisy, and many kids until you get outside town.

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Leah Diaz
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There were a few areas in the beginning of trail that are narrow with sand and are rocky. No problem for beginner hiker, just take your time and go slow. 1st part of hike follows red river and there are sections you can walk down to the water. Then when you get up higher there was a small stream. we enjoyed this hike and the views.

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John Mark Cobern
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As mentioned there is some loose gravel along the trail but I didn’t have any issues. I would still rate it as easy. If your staying at the Red River Campground it’s a great way to go to town.

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Blake McCrabb
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Good trail. Would put it on the high end of easy or even low moderate as it has some elevation changes and trail does get thin in some areas. Mostly shaded and there are some nice views. We started the trail at Goose Creek Rd. Our 12 and 9 yr old girls enjoyed it as well.

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Richard Gowman
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For the most part the trail was nice. But there were area's of loose gravel n dirt that made going up or down hill a little tricky

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Jeffrey Rogers
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This trail is inaccessible now. Maybe in a month.

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Arlin Tyler
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Keith Martz
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Definitely not an easy trail for most people, however, it’s doable for beginners who take their time. The views are good and the wildlife abundant.

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Jerry Pruitt
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Several areas of loose gravel and dirt. High end of easy low end of moderate.

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Tyler Young
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a little tougher than easy. We started behind the conference center and turned around upon reaching the peak. That's about 1 mile one way.

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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Great spot to enjoy the scenery of the northern New Mexico mountains. We drove the circle after it had snowed and it made it even more interesting.

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Conway Hawn
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This trail starts out easy but has ascents and descents on a narrower than expected trail that belies its easy rating. The trail follows by a small stream that runs parallel with Red River and the mule deer and birds are abundant. There are several points with great views of Red River and the surrounding mountains. Toward the end of the trail pay attention as it switch backs up the mountain side and the sign showing the switch back can be easily missed as you look the other direction at the view of Red River. I missed it going out and had to pick up the trail coming back. There are several side trails and erosion has changed the trail from the one listed on this app but otherwise it is easy to follow if you look for the signs.

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