Old Red River Pass

4.8/5 (16 reviews)
Red River, New Mexico (Taos County)
Last Updated: 06/28/2022
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Highlights

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.

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Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (16 reviews)
Brett Brogdon
Official Crew
6600
Status: Open
Visited: 06/28/2022

Trail access from Forest Closure has been lifted.
Brett Brogdon
Official Crew
6600
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 05/17/2022

Stage 3 Restrictions are implemented at 8 am on May 19, 2022. This is a closure to all activities until Dec 31, 2022 or until rescinded for enough moisture.
Brett Brogdon
Official Crew
6600
Status: Open
Visited: 05/14/2022

Correction to the Stage 2 Closures: The Motorized off highway vehicle trails are some of the off shoot trails that are specifically Dirt Bike, Side By Side trails. At this time the main trails are still open, albeit most still have trees down from the December storm. At Stage 3 closure, all trails become closed to all access.
Brett Brogdon
Official Crew
6600
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 05/07/2022

Carson National Forest has entered Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. Stage 2 fire restrictions prohibit campfires, smoking in certain instances, welding or other torch uses and driving off the roadway, including for hunting and fuelwood gathering activities. Motorized off-highway vehicle trails will be closed and operating a chainsaw or other internal-combustion device will not be allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/22/2021

It was open as of 8/22 and had no markers identifying as otherwise. Great views from the top but not difficult if looking for something easy.

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