Crossing Western Mountains of New Mexico by Bicycle

There are many great long-distance bike routes across New Mexico. One is from Four Corners through the Mountains and it is truly grueling and yet spectacular up and down the mountainous terrain and such a ride is not for the amateurs, unless you are diehard of personal character. Then there is another lower route on Hwy 180, very scenic as well through Silver City, Hatch, White Sands, Ruidoso and into Roswell then into Texas. That is worth doing, no I have not cycled it, but I have taken that route by motor home, very nice.

Let us consider different and yet equally spectacular route. Lets start this Trek in Springer, AZ on Highway 60 at about 7000 feet above sea level. You will enjoy the 12-mile warm up as you approach the New Mexico Border. Riding across the high plain takes a lot out of you indeed.

Once you cross that border it is a good 32 miles until you even hit a major cross road and when you do it will Hwy 32 and it will be a two lane highway with a stop sign, but not for you, you need to keep riding for another mile or two and then you are in Omega, NM. Yes very nice folks there, but you need to keep riding, we have barely started and NM is a huge state to cross.

There will be many towns along the way some actually have names, but are very small. At about the 65-mile mark in the trek we will come to the Intersection of Hwy 12 and Hwy 60. No you will not be allowed to turn, you must keep going. At about the 95-mile mile marker we will see the VLA or Very Large Array, with the radio telescope antennas (seen in the Hollywood Movie; Contact). We will have dropped about 500 feet in elevation and soon start the 23 mile down hill journey into Socorro, NM at an elevation of 4600 feet.

This is a good days ride for many at 130 miles of mountain riding and Socorro, NM might be a good stopping point for you. For me, I must keep riding on my Trek Across America, as the days are moving ahead and the calendar does not rest for the wicked.

The Taos, New Mexico Real Estate Market in 2010

Taos, one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the Western United States, is located in the southernmost tip of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico. Today, it has some of the most sought-after real estate on the globe.

Taos has a rich history and culture that adds to its appeal as both a vacation destination and a permanent residence. Its unique architecture includes buildings constructed of adobe clay that are centuries old. Today, it is also well known for its “Earthships,” modern, self-sufficient homes that utilize alternative building materials and are extraordinarily environmentally friendly. For more than a century, writers and painters like D.H. Lawrence and Georgia O’Keefe have flocked to the town as well, establishing it firmly as a popular art colony as well as a resort town. These facts and more make Taos real estate highly desirable in 2010.

Traditionally New Mexico’s real estate prices have been among the lowest in the nation. However, as people have moved into the state, property prices have increased significantly as have the appreciation rates on New Mexico homes. Real estate in Taos has enjoyed a steady appreciation over the last 15 years.

Housing comes in all shapes, sizes and styles of construction in Taos, including seasonal rentals and full time live-in condos and homes. Among the great variety of listed houses for sale are some of the old adobe homes, which besides their historical value, are recognized as being very energy efficient.

Prices on condominiums in this part of New Mexico begin at about $225,000 and top out at approximately $260,000. Many are sold as vacation properties. Many ski condos are owned by leasing companies and rented out to ski vacationers. Residential homes for sale can have prices as low as $100,000 but could run into the millions of dollars depending on the size, structure and location.

Taos is best known as a ski resort community. As such, it attracts winter visitors who come back yearly for ski trips. After a few years, many of these seasonal visitors decide to purchase Taos Ski Valley property as vacation residences or permanent homes. Land sales and construction of new homes also contributes to the economy of the area. Some considerations buyers should be aware of, prior to purchasing land in the area, include rigorous subdivision regulations, issues dealing with access, road easements, wells and septic systems.

Because of the uniqueness of the real estate market in Taos, it is particularly important to work with an experienced real estate agent or broker who has the expertise and knowledge to guide you through the important and complex issues involved in the purchase of property in this desirable New Mexico town.

The Amazing Yucca Flowers – State Flower of New Mexico

The yucca plant is one of forty different species that inhabit the southern United States and Mexico. Some non-desert species also live in the southeastern United States and in the Caribbean Islands. A specific moth pollinates yuccas. In the absence of this moth, yucca plants must be hand pollinated to survive.

Yuccas are in the lily family as indicated by their cream-colored, bell-shaped flowers. Yuccas are actually trunkless shrubs also related to the cassava or tapioca family. Yucca leaves contain strong fibers that can be used to make routes. Yucca roots contain a natural red dye used for baskets.

Cacti are distinct and unusual plants, adapted to extremely arid and hot climates, with a wide range of features which conserve water. Their stems have expanded into green succulent structures containing the chlorophyll necessary for life and growth, while the leaves have become the spines for which cacti are so well known.

A tea from the flower buds of the yucca plant has been used to treat diabetes and rheumatism. The buds can also be eaten like bananas. Yucca flowers can be cooked and ground for candy, called colache. The versatile yucca is the state flower of New Mexico.

The flower symbolism associated with the cactus flower is endurance, my heart burns with love and maternal love. Since antiquity, flower symbolism has been a significant part of cultures around the world. For example, the Aztec Indians founded the capital of their empire on a spot where they saw an eagle perched on top of a large cactus. This scene is posted on the flag of Mexico. There were also ceremonial uses for cacti including starting and stopping rain or wind, assisting in funeral rites, and even to place curses on other individuals or tribes.

Science versus Fiction: Have New Mexico Environmentalists Been Telling the Truth

While it may be a speculative musing as to whether Chris Shuey influences the editorial voices of the Gallup, and other New Mexico, media, it does appear Mr. Shuey may have built the foundation for his career on a uranium-related disaster. On the other hand, can someone blame an ambulance chaser for trying to make a living, too? For lack of a Three-Mile-Island episode in laid-back Gallup, New Mexico, Chris Shuey helped establish Southwest Research and Information Center into a vocal "expert" counterpoint against the uranium industry by apparently piggy-backing the 1979 uranium mill tailings spill near Church Rock. It was considered one of the worst tailings spills ever to have occurred in North America. We searched for a conclusive evidence of deaths from this spill, but came up dry. Any official published report countering the precedent statement would be welcome.

Founded in 1971, the SRIC group established serious media credibility by milking the "dire and grotesque" human and livestock health consequences of that spill. But where was the actual damage in terms of human life and ecological disaster? We obtained the Executive Summary (dated October 1982) of an NMEID report, entitled, "The Church Rock Uranium Mill Tailings Spill: A Health and Environmental Assessment." The authors of the report concluded, "To summarize, the spill affected the Puerco River valley environment for a brief period, but it had little or no effect on the health of local residents." This report was issued three years after the "largest single release of liquid radioactive waste in the United States" (some 94 million gallons of acidified effluent and tailings slurry).

Some might speculate if the newspaper reports published in 1979 about this spill have the sound and smell of shoddy, yellow journalism. Others might marvel if those stories were more suited only for the most laughable supermarket tabloids. If one were to believe what was written then, the entire population of Gallup, New Mexico should have vanished off the face of the earth by now. Helping to fuel SRIC's present-day hysteria over uranium mining, the environmental group has been arguing that HRI's proposed uranium ISL project, near the Church Rock boundary of the Navajo reservation, would cause ground water contamination, possibly with the same gravity of the previous tailings spill. In a sense they appear to be evoking bad memories of that spill. "He is very good at using the media," sighed HRI's Craig Bartels. "It is a few people who are very vocal," explained Bartels as he described the SRIC's opposition to his company's ISL operation, "especially Chris Shuey, who touts himself as a journalist."

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) did not put much stock in the local media's sensationalism. The following was excported from their official report on the uranium tailings spill:

o "The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in cooperation with the Church Rock community, found no documented human consumption of river water. , where they were found to have amounts of radioactive material normally found in the human body. " Recommendation: No further action required.

o "No public, private or municipal wells producing water for domestic use or livestock watering were affected by the spill." Wells drawing water solely from sandstone or limestone aquifers probably will never be affected by spill contaminants. "

o "Based on limited testing conducted by the CDC, the additional radiation risk from consumption of local livestock is small. The risk is about the same as the increased risk from cosmic radiation incurred by moving from sea level to 5000 feet in elevation."

o "Computer modeling identified intervention as the most significant pathway of radiation exposure to man from the spill. However, sampling of airborne dust along the Puerco River in Gallup soon after the spill showed only background levels of radioactivity. , radioactivity levels in Puerco River sediments were reduced significantly due to dilution with uncontaminated river sediments. "

The Church Rock incident had been reported upon in the Journal of Health Physics (July 1984: Vol 47, No. 1) in an article entitled, "The Assessment of Human Exposure to Radionuclides from a Uranium Mill Tailings Release and Mine Dewatering Effluent . " This report was authored by two staff members of the US Center for Disease Control two staff members of the New Mexico Health and Environment Department and a staff member of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Two powerful conclusions were reached in this report:

"A review of state and federal regulations that pertain to the ingestion doses calculated from the Church Rock data indicated that no exposure limits were exceeded by the spill, or through chronic exposure to mine dewatering effluent."

"In light of the current known cancer incidence and mortality risks associated with levels of radionuclides measured at Church Rock and Gallup, we conclude that the exposed populations are too small for investigators to detect incrementals in cancer mortality with acceptable levels of statistical power. , it may be misleading to establish a (cancer) registry with the foreknowledge of low probability of detecting mortality increases. "

In spite of these scientific reports, Chris Shuey continued to promote the "Puerco River Education" project as late as 1986. "The Gallup Independent" lent a hand in promoting this panic, and headlined a story, "Drink no Puerco water." In a May 8th (1986) article, originating (conveniently) from Albuquerque, where Chris Shuey resides, the reporter wrote, "What little water there is in the Rio Puerco these days should not be consumed by man nor animal, according to the Southwest Research and Information Center of Albuquerque. "

Perhaps to strengthen his expertise as a health authority, Mr. Shuey pursed a Masters degree in Public Health at the University of New Mexico, across the street from SRIC's headquarters. In his thesis, Shuey authored an integral review of the literature for "Biomarkers of Kidney Injury – Challenges for Uranium Exposure Studies" (submitted on April 29, 2002). After presenting this paper, Shuey emerged with the unique assertion that uranium leads to kidney cancers.

On its website, the American Cancer Society lists smoking, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle as the primary risk factors which increase one's chances in getting kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma). Occupation exposure to certain chemicals can also increase risk. Scientific studies found they could include: asbestos, cadmium (a type of metal), some herbicides, benzene, and organic solvents, particularly trichlorethylene. There is no mention by the American Cancer Society of uranium exposure leading to kidney cancer. Cadmium is another story, however.

The problem with first reaching a conclusion and then researching the facts to confirm your preconceived notice negates the scientific process. For example, Shuey dances around the issue of cadmium through his report, but fails to corralate household trash burning with the dangers of dioxins and cadmium when it comes to kidney-related problems and possible cancers. It appears Shuey may have failed to include the largest single source of toxic air emissions, which occurred in New Mexico prior to June 1, 2004, as a potential cause of renal toxicity: trash burning. At this time, New Mexico remains one of the few states, which has failed to ban the burning of electronic equipment. Such trash burning reportedly releases high concentrations of cadmium into the air. Could it be that something as obvious as cadmium concentrations might be the risk factor leading to kidney cancer instead of the purported uranium?

According to scientific researcher Dalway Swaine (Trace Elements in Coal, Butterworths: 1990), Cadmium is a toxic trace element in coal. Coal combustion contributions one tenth of the Cd to the atmosphere, the same as volcanoes and is considered to be a minor source of atmospheric cadmium. The problem might not be uranium at all, but other chemicals. However, fund raisers to reduce cadmium emissions, let alone anti-coal mining fund raisers, may not lead to sell-out celebrity dinners in Santa Fe.

It appears to be little surprise that SRIC seems to be less concerned with the public health than with their anti-nuclear agenda. Generally, the public reaction to an environmentalist is a warm and fuzzy feeling, "Wow, here is someone who truly cares about our future." SRIC has worked closely with the third-world-like Navajo Nation, which instantly brings out the sympathy from any liberal-minded individual. Indeed, when interviewed Shuey, he was on the reservation in a meeting. His publicly displayed concern for the Navajo is commendable. At the same time, one must also ponder that if the most frequent cause of death among Navajo adults is alcohol abuse (often accompanied by driving), then why has not SRIC worked more closely to reduce that public health issue?

Visit the underserts of any reservation and you will find piles of beer, liquor and wine bottles. One littered stop near Crownpoint, New Mexico took on the personality of a landfill. Where are SRIC's mercy cruises for the aborted Navajo? More Navajos have died as a result of automobile accidents while inoxicated than fifty years of uranium mining. But then again, that may be of little concern to an environmentalist group. Navajo Nation president Joe Shirley, Jr. may make better use of Mr. Shuey by asking him, "Can you help us out with the alcohol problem, instead?"

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5 Fun Things To Do in Red River, New Mexico During The Spring

Few places better fit the Mountain Time Zone than Red River, New Mexico. After all, with Wheeler Peak standing at over 13,000 feet nearby and being a part of the Rocky Mountains, it is the quintessential mountain town. Red River provides a tremendous climate, averaging day time temperatures in the mid 70s, and is known for being a hallmark of the ski season in the United States.

As with most ski towns, though, as the year goes on & the seasons change, one begins to wonder just what Red River may be able to offer. Well, it offers a lot more than you think. Often overshadowed by neighboring ski towns like Taos, Red River certainly holds its own with fun events and activities throughout the calendar year. If you’re planning a trip to this part of the country, here are five fun activities you and your family just can’t afford to miss:

1. Beach Weeks – The Red River Ski and Summer area have an annual celebration of all things beach while still maintaining the skiing that everyone loves. You shouldn’t be surprised to see swimming trunks on the slopes! Taking place in March every year, visitors are privy to a number of fun activities including beach parties, torchlight parades, and fireworks.

2. Fishing Derby – Maybe the slopes aren’t quite your cup of tea, and you’re just looking for a little time to cast a line & pass the time. Make it really interesting by trying to snag a tagged trout in The Town Ponds. These tagged fish bring cash & prizes, not to mention bragging rights. Even if you don’t catch a prize-winning fish, who wouldn’t mind fishing all day just for fun? Plus, you can couple fishing with camping in Carson National Forest. Talk about “win-win”!

3. Pit Stop & Go Kart City – This one is pretty self-explanatory, and in the end, a little bit of fun in a go-kart can be a great way to hang with the family. Perhaps the greater attraction is The Pit Stop’s indulgent food such as hand-dipped corn dogs and fried Snickers/Twinkies.

4. The Bradbury Science Museum & Los Alamos History Museum in Los Alamos – This is a little outside of Red River, but for the astute history student, being so close to a nationally important site is too hard to pass up. Los Alamos is home to Los Alamos National Laboratory where development of nuclear weapons took place during World War II.

5. Hidden Treasure Aerial Park – Though it opens much later in the season, this is something the whole family will surely enjoy. The park offers fun stuff while trying to promote a healthy lifestyle. This makes sense because after all, you’re in Red River, the ultimate mountain getaway. Multiple courses with varying difficulty levels as well as multiple zip lines guarantee a great, but certainly physically taxing, experience.

Red River, New Mexico is certainly a gem of the American Southwest that is not to be missed!

New Mexico History

The land and minerals of New Mexico have been used since the prehistoric time of the early cultures in the Southwest that long preceded the flourishing sedentary civilization of the Pueblos, which the Spanish found along the Rio Grande and its tribaries. Many of the Native American Pueblos exist today today as much as they were in the 13th century. The word of the pueblos reached the Spanish through Cabeza de Vaca, who may have wandered across Southern New Mexico between 1528 and 1536. They were identified by Fray Marcos de Niza, as the fabulously rich Seven Cities of Cibola.

A full-scale expedition, dating from 1540 to 1542 to find the cities, under the leadership of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, was dispatched from New Spain. The first regular colony at San Juan is believed to have been founded by Juan de Oñate in 1598.

In 1609, Pedro de Peralta was appointed Governor of the "Kingdom and Provinces of New Mexico," and a year later he founded his capital at Santa Fe. The little colony did not prosper too much, although some of the missions flourished and haciendas were founded. The subject of Native Americans to forced labor and attempts by missionaries to convert them resolved in violent revolts by the Apache in 1676 and the Pueblo in 1680. These rebellions drve the Spanish entirely out of New Mexico.

The Spanish did not return until the campaign of Diego de Vargas Zapata, re-established their control in 1692. In the 18th century, the development of ranching and some farming and mining became more abundant, laying the foundations for the Spanish culture in New Mexico that still exists.

When Mexico achieved its independence from Spain in 1821, New Mexico became a province of Mexico, and trade was opened up with the United States. In 1841, a group of Texans embarked on an expedition to assert Texan claims to parts of New Mexico and were eventually captured. The Mexican War marked the arrival of the Anglo-American culture to New Mexico. Stephen Kearny entered Santa Fe in 1846 without opposition, and two years later, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ceded New Mexico to the United States. The territory, which included Arizona and other territories, was enlarged by the Gadsden Purchase in 1853.

A bid for statehood and an antislavery constitution was halted by the Compromise of 1850, which settled the Texas boundary question in New Mexico's favor and organized New Mexico as a territory without restriction on slavery. In the Civil War, New Mexico was at first occupied by Confederate troops from Texas, but was ever taken over by Union forces early in 1862. After the war and the withdrawal of the troops, the territory was plagued by conflict with the Apache and the Navajo Native American tribes. The surrender of Apache chief Geronimo in 1886 ended the conflict in New Mexico and Arizona, which had been made a separate territory in 1863. However, there were local problems prevalent even after that time.

Already the ranchers had taken over a large portion of the grasslands. The coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1879 encouraged the great cattle boom of the 1880s. New Mexico finally gained statehood in 1912.

Tips for Finding Great New Mexico Homes

If you are considering a move to the southwest, you should think about New Mexico. It is a large rural pace which has a lot to offer to the people living there as far as real estate is concerned. There are many year round outdoor activities, cultural events and celebrations. The prices of real estate are very different depending on the geographical location throughout the state. Santa Fe which is the capital of New Mexico is located in the north central part; Los Alamos is thirty minutes west of Santa Fe and a bit further on I-25 is Albuquerque which is the largest city in the state.

You have probably heard about Historic Route 66. It passes directly through Albuquerque where there are many nostalgic cafes and businesses along the route. If you keep on in south direction you will get to Truth of Consequences and then Las Cruces which is the second largest city in New Mexico. This is the place where I-25 ends and I-10 begins. Forty miles south are El Paso, Texas and the Mexico border. If you choose to go to the east, you will soon find yourself in Roswell and to the west, in Silver City located in the Gila Mountains.

After you got orientated in the state, let’s have a look at the New Mexico homes opportunities. Buying a home in the north central part of the state, in or around Santa Fe and Los Alamos is quite expensive. However, if there is any chance you can afford it; my advice is to get a home there. You will be surrounded by magnificent mountains, high desert mesas and truly astonishing views. It is also a great idea to live further north, near the town of Abiquiu and the Abiquiu Reservoir. I am sure you are well aware of the fact that you can find New Mexico homes at a reasonable price when they are in town or surrounding areas but they get much more expensive when they are near the waterfront.

Have you ever heard of Georgia O’Keeffe? She is a very famous painter who used her Abiquiu ranch to draw her most astonishing portraits. In case you’d rather live in a bigger place, then consider Albuquerque. New Mexico homes vary greatly in price, so no matter what is your budget you can still find a home which would suit your needs as well as your pocket. If you have some extra cash, maybe you will like Las Cruces, known as being one of the class retirement destinations in the country.

The prime place to find great New Mexico homes if you’re considering moving is the Internet. Hop online and view available New Mexico ranches, flats and land for sale. You can get all properties available for sale from the Multiple Listing Service. Accessing the MLS is easy; most of the real estate sites offer it. You can also view some virtual tours of New Mexico homes which is the second best in case you cannot go there.

If you’re consider purchasing a home or a property, New Mexico is the right place to look for any. By buying a New Mexico home you will make a great investment. Not only will you be able to enjoy clean air and cosy life but you will also get three hundred days of sunshine a year. The weather in New Mexico is temperate all year round because of the mountains and desert serve. Thus, if you have the money, don’t hesitate to buy a new home in New Mexico. You will never regret it.

The New Mexico Film Industry, a Good Fit for All

The Motion Picture Association of America regularly reports on the millions of dollars pumped into the New Mexico economy thanks to its robust film industry. Beyond cast and crew pay, the hospitality and tourism sectors see a direct infusion of industry money through the year. Local artists, support services and specialists are often tired to meet very specific needs for productions filming around the state. Textile artist Wynema Chavez and Santa Fe actor Daniel Williams are just two of hundreds of locals who've found their niche in movies, television series and new media productions that set up shop or are created right here in New Mexico.

Chavez, who is from Santo Domingo (Kewa) Pueblo, got her start as a costume and wardrobe department staple when word of mouth about her talents as textile designer reached a movie set in need of someone capable of dyeing and disturbing fabrics and objects. She was brought in to work on that production, and has worked in the local film industry full-time since 2010. Her credits include Wild Hogs, Terminator: Salvation, The Book of Eli, Breaking Bad, The Lone Ranger, Longmire, and many more. "The industry has done some amazing things for me personally and professionally," she says. "Whenever a film from NM is released, it creates a sense of pride for the people who worked on it, our families, friends and the state in general. films partner with our communities.

After 20 plus years as a classroom teacher, actor Daniel Williams says, "I chose to step away from the increasing administrative pressure on teachers to focus on testing and administrative agendas to embrace my own dreams of acting and, hopefully, a more prosperous lifestyle for my family. " Now, just three years into working in the film industry, by utilizing his past experiences as an EMT, retired military serviceman and teacher, Daniel is in high demand for his wide range of character portraits in front of the camera. In addition to his work in over 70 student films, feature films and indie productions, his teaching career lives on behind the scenes as a set teacher. Daniel goes on to say, "I love the film industry and the very tangible hope that it offers to New Mexicans and their families."

Productions big and small are consistently booking area studios and filming locations, with summer being a particularly busy season for state's film business. The sound stages at Santa Fe Studios, Garson Studios at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Bonanza Creek Ranch are churning out movies and series. Both Albuquerque Studios and I-25 Studios in Albuquerque are booked with multiple crews, filming shows for NBC, the El Rey Network, the CW and AMC. Santa Fe Studios is home to a new western mini-series entitled Godless for Netflix, produced by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, while season five of the network's hit series Longmire wraps up its season in the area. Both cities and other areas around the state are also playing host to the third installment of the Wolverine movie franchise, starring Hugh Jackman.

In other words, giddy-up film hopefuls! It's going to be a banner season!

Red River, New Mexico – Discovering the Romance For Couples

Relationships are hard work, and while we’re all like to admit we do our part to keep the spark alive in our respect relationships, everyone gets a little too comfortable.
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More often than not, couples decide that maybe a nice trip will be a great way to get that twinkle back into each other’s eyes, and they head off to places like … Red River, New Mexico?
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While it may not be a darling in the romantic getaway world, Red River is probably the best thing that could happen to a romantic getaway.
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Just think about it: less crowds & congestion because it’s not as traversed as other destinies, a great small-town environment from an actual small town (statistics indicate a population of about five-hundred people), and a hidden gem in the Rocky Mountains (elevation is nearly 9,000 feet above sea level).
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Nothing is more romantic than time alone with your sweetheart, and you’ve got that spades in the wonderfully untapped potential of Red River.
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It must be understood that if you venture to Red River, you’ll encounter snow. In fact, you’ll encounter a lot of snow. Weather figures note an average of over 200 inches of snow per year, and in a town that has an area of ​​one square mile (per United States Census Bureau), you’ll need to really appreciate snow.
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Herein lies the romance. Maybe you & your beloved are an area of ​​the country that sees little to no snow ever. In fact, either of you may not have ever interacted with snow. Why not experience the magic of not only being together in the Rocky Mountains but also experiencing epic snow as a couple? You can almost see it now: rosy-cheeked selfies, building snowmen together, taking a skiing lesson together. It practically has romance written all over it.
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Now, here’s where the sweet romantic in you needs to embrace the notion of thinking outside the box.
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Sure, the snow thing is awesome, but remember, you’re in a remote mountain setting, so you’ll need to tap into the things you & your partner are really into, and if its history, you’re in luck.
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Red River, NM, even with its small size, has, at last count, five spots recognized as being worthy to be on the National Registry of Historic Places including the Little Red School House Museum and the Pierre Fuller House.
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It’s also important to note that Red River gained attention as part of a second gold rush in the 1870s. Mining was a part of the town’s identity until about 1931. In many ways, you’re looking at a quintessential American mountain town that planted its roots during a tumultuous era of expansion & change in this country, and that’s pretty cool.
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Finally, if you’re looking for something akin to a getaway for just the two of you without too much going on except spending time together, why not check out the Lifts West Condominium Hotel on Main Street?
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Not only do you have the premier in luxury accommodations in the area, but you can even have a romantic dinner at Brett’s Bistro, a fine-dining restaurant located in the hotel & brainchild of a celebrated Red River resident who’s a veteran of the fine- dining industry.
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In the end, maybe Red River, New Mexico is not the flashy, well-known “kid in town” who stands out in a crowd. For those seeking to fan the flames of love, what more could you ask for?

Nine Things to Do in Red River, New Mexico for Couples

The United States of America is a unique part of the world in that if you look across the vast expanse of our country, you’ll find every type of climate, landscape, and soil you could imagine. If you’re lucky, you can find singular locations that provide all of these in one place, and that place is Red River, New Mexico. Not only do you encounter the southern part of the fabled Rocky Mountains, you also encounter some amazingly dry, dessert areas nearby.

Red River is a quaint mountain town that is often times looked over by such ski-vacation juggernauts as Taos & Angel Fire, NM to its south and, of course, places like Vail, Colorado to the north. Nonetheless, Red River offers up a smorgasbord of winter & summer activities for the entire family, but it also offers up some great times for couples looking to find a nice mountain getaway that isn’t yet festooned with visitors trying to muck up the natural wonder of the area.

Here are nine very cool things couples can do in Red River that not only make it unique, but make it undeniably a hip haven for those in the know:

1. Candy Crate, LLP – Here you and your sweetheart can enjoy a nostalgic little candy shop that is loved by everyone. You can also try the famed Candy Mountain Fudge that has been a hallmark of this candy shop for nearly thirty years.

2. Texas Reds Steakhouse – Before heading to get some fudge, why not have a nice out to a staple of the Red River business landscape by stopping by Texas Reds? Enjoy a great meal with friendly service in a restaurant that has been in operation for half a century.

3. Red River MIner’s Transit – Take a load off by taking the Miner’s Transit system in town. It may not be thrillingly romantic, but it is a nice way to move around town while chatting about all of the great places you’ve been & where you still want to go.

4. Line Dancing – Line dancing (as well as a number of other activities) is available at the Red River Community House at different times a year. This year, it’s available from early June through early August 2017.

5. Sand Dunes – Take a day-trip together a little north of Red River & check out The Great Sand Dunes National Monument. If you’re both big fans of landscapes & natural wonders, this is a ‘must’ for your visit.

6. Art – If you’re both bug fans of art, check out some of the more coveted artwork of the area by heading to the Red River Gallery of Fine Art.

If you & your significant other have decided to take a breather & just enjoy relaxing, these final three things to do are totally worth it:

7. Aroma Therapy at Essential O2 Bar

8. Therapeutic Massage, Facials, and Sugar Scrubs at Joy of Massage

9. Yoga at Carol Swagerty Yoga

As you can see, Red River, New Mexico has a lot more to offer couples than just skiing, snowboarding, and outdoor activities. Obviously, if those things are up both of your alleys, by all means enjoy. Sometimes, however, it can be the most romantic to just try something a little different from the norm. Have fun!