Red River Mountain Biking Trails

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Red River Nature Trail (EASY) – 1 mile
There are 3 points in town available to access this trail: – Cross the Red River on the covered bridge behind the conference center. – Catch the trail to the left of the platinum chairlift. – Cross the Red River on the bridge located across from the Red River Public Library. This trail runs along the river at the base of the mountain and is a great hike for kids. There are signs posted along the trail explaining history, animals, plants and geology of the area.

Pioneer Creek Trail FR 485 (INTERMEDIATE) – 3.4 miles one way
Elevation 8,300 feet to 10,200 feet The trailhead can be accessed off of Pioneer Road and is adjacent to the Arrowhead Lodge. Parking is available in the ski area parking lot. The trail, which follows a road built by miners at the end of the 19th century, is easy to follow. Along the trail you will see remnants of gold, silver and copper mines that operated through the 1920’s. The trail climbs to an elevation of 10,200 feet where it meets private land.

Lost Lake Trail 91 (DIFFICULT) – 5 miles one way
Elevation 9,650 feet to 11,495 feet To reach the trailhead, travel on Hwy 578 to the end of the pavement (6 miles). Take the road to the right, Forest Road 58, for about 1 mile to the parking area. From the parking area walk on the road for 1/4 mile to a small bridge crossing on the left which is the actual trailhead to Middle Fork Lake. Follow the Middle Fork Lake Trail for one mile to some falls and a river crossing where the trail to Lost Lake splits off to the left and is marked by a sign. From this point it is 4 miles further to Lost Lake. After about two miles the trail leaves the forest and crosses a saddle on the ridge, then continues through some meadows and across rock outcroppings along the edge of the East Fork Canyon. Lost Lake is a high glacier lake that sits at an elevation of 11,495 feet.

Red River Ski Area (Difficult)
The Red River Ski Area offers two ways to access their trails, the first allows you to ride your bike up the mountain itself, The second allows you to buy a lift ticket ($17 for one ride up $25 for an all-day pass) to take you and your bike up to the top. The trails on the back side of the mountain are maintenance roads during ski season. You also have the option of riding down the glades on the front of the mountain. The ski area is planning to add more trails sometime in the future.

Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area (Easy-Difficult)
The Enchanted Forest area has a multitude of cross country ski trails. In the Summer time they are open to visitors for hiking and mountain biking. The Enchanted Forest is located 3 miles east of Red River on route 38 just before Bobcat Ranch.

Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument/Wild Rivers (Easy-Difficult)
The Wild Rivers Area is an excellent Place to ride a bike. It has a large number of trail that vary in difficulty. The road that leads to these trailheads is paved the entire way. Mountain bikes are not allowed on all trails but the trails that allow biking are marked. These trails are all located within close proximity of one another. . The trails that allow mountain biking in the upper gorge area are Red River Fault Trail 5.2 mile loop (Moderate), Pescado Trail 1.7 miles one-way (Moderate), Guadalupe Mountain Trail 2.1 miles one-way (Difficult), Rinconada Loop Trail 6.1 mile loop (Easy), East Rim Trail 3.5 miles one way(Easy), Las Vistas De Questa Trail 6.9 miles one-way(Moderate), and Punto De Coyote Loop Trail 3.7 mile loop (Moderate).