|Highest Elevation:||9831 feet|
|Duration:||About 37 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Red River|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Red River|
|Official Road Name:||FR 488|
|Management Agency:||Carson National Forest / Questa District|
At over a hundred years old, the Old Red River Pass is a trail with some history. This was the only eastern access into the town of Red River until the mid 1960s. Considering the town began to gain popularity as a tourist destination in the 1930s, it is fun to imagine what it was like to travel in the family station wagon down these switchbacks for the annual family vacation. Now the Old Red River Pass is a Forest Road with little maintenance, so high clearance vehicles are required. On the climb up the pass you will encounter spectacular views of the town and the Wheeler Peak wilderness.
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
The trailhead is clearly marked "Forest Access Road 488" "Red River Pass High Clearance Vehicles Only". Immediately you will start climbing in elevation as you start up the trail.
Follow the trail around the final switchback and then the trail will straighten as you have reached top of the switchbacks. The final switchback is a wide turn and offers plenty of space to stop for photo opportunities.
On the uphill side of the trail is "The Fingers". This is no longer an approved obstacle. Signs are often knocked down in front of "The Fingers" but a sign mounted to the electric pole reinforces the policy.
Turning to the south will connect to 4th of July Canyon trail. This is the most common continuation of the trail. 4th of July Canyon
Trailhead Coordinates: 36.691138, -105.387680