It seems like only yesterday we were preparing for the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally, and we are already in mid-June! Summer season has begun. The trees are leafing out, the flowers are blooming and the river is still running high from all the great winter snow. Things are definitely starting to look like summer.
The motorcycle rally was a huge success with bikers from all over riding into town to park and allow visitors a chance to admire their bikes. Every bike was beautiful and unique from paint jobs to chrome and light bar additions. The rumble of the bikes let everyone know what was happening and brought a different vibe (pun intended) to our little town.
One week later the motorcycles were replaced by amazing cars driving into town and parking in Brandenburg Park for the annual car show. Beautiful older cars were all around town, along with some rather unusual vehicles. The old ambulance and hearse were neat reminders of days gone by. The town-wide yard sales were also in full swing that weekend with lots of treasures being offered.
The Arts and Wine Festival was our next big event and provided a variety of artistry styles and opportunities to taste/purchase wines from several New Mexico Wineries. It’s a great way to enjoy a wonderful mountain weekend, make friends from all over the world, and find a special Father’s Day gift for the men in your life.
July will bring in the 4th of July Celebration with an amazing parade (we all remember when the Dragon made appearances in the parade). Also headlining July 11th– 14th will be Michael Martin Murphy’s West Fest with many activities and various musical talents performing.
We are often asked about the “must dos” or guest favorites while staying here and there are plenty. Some of the favorites include: riding the ski-lift, jeep tours, A Cowboy Evening on Bobcat Pass, Michael Martin Murphy’s Rockin’ 3M Chuckwagon Supper and Concert, the Pioneer Flyer (a seated zip line), summer tubing and the ropes course at the ski area, family activities at the Community House (bingo, line dancing, nature hikes, kids’ crafts, concerts, movies, and lots more), trail riding with recreational off-road vehicles, horseback riding, hiking and fishing, just to name a few.
The other question we get a lot is “What’s new this year?” New businesses are always something exciting and this year is no different. The Emporium Gift Shop & Li’l Willie’s Ice Cream, Sweet Treats & Takery is located across from Shotgun Willie’s (and is part of the same family). They have great Red River gifts, ice cream, fruit pies and candy. Our son Zach is working there this year too, so stop in say hi and grab some great ice cream or other treats!
The Magnolia Kitchen is a new restaurant located by the Playhouse and specializes in southern comfort foods. Two wine tasting venues have opened this year as well. The Rail Haus is located at the Alpine Lodge in the former Brass Rail Restaurant. Noisy Water Winery is located on the east side of town, across the street from Rio Colorado. Also new to Red River this year is Moore’s Carriage Service, a Cinderella type carriage ride that takes you around Red River.
Last, but not least, Weezie’s Wild Rides is not new to Red River, but the rides are. She has all new Polaris RZRs and two new Slingshots available to rent. I highly recommend taking the Slingshot for a ride, it was a lot of fun.
As you can see, there are many things to do in our mountain paradise, even more than mentioned here. Then, when you want some down time, just pull up a chair on the porch or at our private pond and let the peacefulness of the mountains and the sounds of the river relax you. There is no better sight than to watch a child catch his/her first fish. Our pond is stocked weekly during the summer season, and year to date, we have stocked 1800 pounds of Rainbow Trout for our guests’ fishing pleasure.
Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush, or the peaceful beauty of the mountains, Red River is the place to be. We at the Rio Colorado Cabins would love for you to stay with us and experience the magic that touches all who visit our little piece of Heaven on Earth. See you soon!