Looking for a great trail near Red River, New Mexico? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, forest trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Eagle Nest Lake State Park or Cimarron Canyon State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Colin Neblett State Wildlife Area or Wild Rivers Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Red River ranging from 4.3 to 24.1 miles and from 8,661 to 13,175 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This trail is inaccessible now. Maybe in a month.

hiking
muddy
snow
21 days ago

Rented an ATV to drive the trail, which is steep, narrow and heavily rutted/rocky in places—but the payoff at the top was worth it. Beautiful alpine lake surrounded by steep cliffs on one side. We hiked around the lake to the goat paths that lead up the mountain to the south, and were rewarded at the top with almost 360 degree views to the Mesa and Taos Ski Valley. We then hiked across the mountain meadow at the top to a rocky outcropping, where we met volunteers with the state fish and game department who were counting large herds of bighorn sheep far below in the valley. While the parking lot by the lake is crowded, it’s easy to hike away for an additional adventure before returning to the bottom of the trail.

muddy
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

Took a UTV up and did fine. Pretty busy on a Sunday afternoon. A Jeep could definitely make it up but I’m parts it’s too narrow to pass. Watch for bees. Gorgeous aspen trees turning gold and orange. Some parts are pretty steep and rocky with drop offs but I would stay this trail is easy - moderate.

hiking
5 months ago

The hike was absolutely wonderful. Had our two small pups on leash and it was great weather. There is a restroom at the trailhead and at the lake (will likely close come winter?). the road to the actual trailhead for us was definitely manageable. I have a Honda Crosstour which has similar clearence as a Subaru Outback. When there is more water or moisture this could be different, though. If you choose to avoid the drive to the trailhead it's a flat, easy walk. Not really an added challenge. enjoy!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Climbed August 30, 2019 We went on up to Wheeler Peak from horse shoe lake! We left Middle Fork trail head at 6:00 am and got back at 6:00pm. It was a totally awesome experience! Between 16 and 17 miles round trip! Have to admit the trail from horse shoes lake to Wheeler Peak is steep most of the way! Over 1100 feet gain in elevation in a little over a mile!! Wanted to get down off the mountain before dark so didn’t get to stop and enjoy the beauty as much as we would have liked to! Next year we are planning on making it an overnight trip!! Lost Lake and Horse Shoe Lakes are just beautiful!!

hiking
6 months ago

one of my favs

Trail is a road going slightly uphill to the mine. One mine shaft easily visible, one about 50 feet higher up a steep slope. Trail continues up slope, very steep. Road appears to continue as well, but we turned back after the steep loop.

The trail was open all the way somebody cut all the deadfall from the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is moderate, my Garmin etrex 30x said it was 5.8 miles each way. Fun hike, nice trail and a beautiful lake at the end.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
6 months ago

last post utv driving

hiking
6 months ago

I parked right off the road as I don’t have a good car for dirt roads - definitely recommend a high clearance vehicle for the road leading to the trailhead as there were a lot of large rocks, large pools of water, etc in the road that could be troublesome. The hike is really fantastic and like others say it isn’t too steep at any point, nice steady incline. I got to the lake around 1:30pm and it was pretty windy and cold up there so I didn’t end up staying long. No snow on the trail that I saw.

nice ride until very end 4th of July canyon... hell trail.

hiking
private property
6 months ago

Took a screenshot of GPS where the road is blocked off to the trailhead. Plan on an additional 1.5 miles each way. I did not and didn't have enough sun-time for an extra 3 miles round trip, unfortunately. (But will be back soon!) There are also "No Parking" signs where you will need to park. Located a few minutes up the road from the ski basin.

off trail
6 months ago

This is the worst off road trail! Lots of huge rocks in road! Extremely treacherous! DO NOT ride a 4 wheeler, on this trail! Very dangerous! Never again will we ride it! Thanking God for getting us down safely.

ohv/off road driving
6 months ago

Our first time on this trail. We loved it. Water was about 35" deep where we crossed. Lots of old mining buildings along the way. Beautiful views at the top. We hiked around a bit. Our dog Eeyore's birthday and this is some of what he loves to do. sheep at the top. Only one other vehicle on the trail today. A few OHVs too. Make sure you have a high clearance vehicle. Definitely narrow and rocky in spots.

Loved this hike. It was beautiful. We hiked from the 1st entrance which adds 2 miles round trip to the hike. This hike was a total of 8.6 miles round trip. The lake was beautiful and so peaceful. This hike is also very clean. No trash or human litter on this hike. The air smells amazing.

This trail is amazing! I saw little evidence of previous hikers. In fact it was so wild even the deer seem to be confused as to what humans are. I took this to Horseshoe Lake and then downloaded to a day pack to summit Wheeler Peak. It’s an easy walk to the lake, however to summit Wheeler be prepared to traverse some difficult terrain. The scree fields are rough. I rolled my ankle alittle bit but wrapped it up and continued on. The trail becomes hard to find in some areas and you will need to plan your route up the mountain. Once you get to the summit you will see all the people who come up from Taos Ski Valley. The people there were very surprised when they saw me and found out I came from the East. Apparently noone does that lol. I only had about 20 minutes at the summit before I had to get back. It’s a very long hike and you don’t want to be to high up when the afternoon rains hit. Took me all day from 6:30 in the morning to about 5:00 pm. If you take this trail make sure you have climbing poles, some sort of water filtration, and have your pistol ready in case you run across a predator.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a gradual and consistent climb from the trailhead to the junction of the Lost Lake trail, mostly in the shade, continuing to Horseshoe Lake ( 2.5-3 hours). From Horseshoe Lake the trail to Wheeler Peak is very exposed, above tree line and very steep in the beginning (1-1.5 hours to Wheeler). Views are spectacular, hiking poles advised above tree line, a 3L h2o hike, about 16 miles round trip. Loved it!

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike. Lost Lake is well worth the effort! The trail is good and not steep.

hiking
bugs
rocky
7 months ago

Great trail and well used but also well maintained. Made it up and back with 4 kids ranging from 4-12 year old. All did well but the last 30 minutes or so was the most challenging. We were not able to drive to the trailhead. Some work to the access road would have made it easier to get to the trailhead and not have to walk the additional mile in and out. Lake was amazing and so were the views at the end.

hiking
7 months ago

Trailhead is a mile from the main road. It was very rocky and a bit washed out when we went. Probably would not attempt it without a 4-wheel drive. If you hike from the main parking, it will add 2 miles. There are several views of waterfalls along the trail with a spectacular lake at the summit. Had to cross through the water. Would recommend waterproof or quick-dry shoes. Got caught in a rain/hailstorm in the early afternoon. Was prepared for rain, but not a pelting. Ha ha. Pretty steady incline and well worth the effort.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

One of our favorite trails and well worth the effort! The lake is beautiful and the perfect spot for a picnic. Be sure and wear correct shoes and take plenty of water and snacks.

Good hike for day one and getting acclimated ! Steady incline and easy hike on the way back.

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