Northeast of Sante Fe and Taos, the Red River area has numerous trails and roads open to ATV riding. The trailhead closest to Red River is located just north of the town of Red River up FS54. In addition to the ATV riding from that trailhead near Red River, there are also numerous other routes near Red River:
1) Cabresto Canyon –from HWY 38 in Questa, turn off on 563 which turns into Forest Road 134. Provides access to Greenie Peak and several non-working mines.
2) Cabresto Lake Road- approximately 7 miles up the Cabresto Canyon road. Turn off the Forest Road 134A for 2 miles on primitive road to the lake.
3) 4th of July Canyon (Forest Road 490)- approximately 4 miles from Red River on HWY 578 in upper Red River Canyon. VERY RUGGED.
4) Garrapate Ridge – 5 miles south of Questa. Approximately 6 miles loop that connects with Forest Road 9, which leads to Cebolla Mesa.
5) Goose Lake (Forest Road 486) – approximately ½ mile past Eagle Nest turnoff in upper Red River canyon. Only about 8 miles to the lake on the 4WD Road. EXTREME 4X4. (MAY CLOSE FOR IMPROVEMENTS)
6) Largo Lake- 1.3 miles from Questa Ranger Station on Old Taos HWY. Travel 3 miles on National Forest land to private land; continue for 4 miles through Lama to HWY 22.
7) Mallette Canyon- at the NW end of Red River on Mallette Road.
8) Middle Fork- located at end of pavement in Red River Canyon. Turn right onto Forest Road 58 for 1 mile to 487, about 2 miles to the lake. For expert 4WDers only! Need short wheelbase, as switchbacks are extremely tight. (CLOSED FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THIS TIME)
9) Old Red River Pass (Forest Road 487) – located approximately 1 mile past Eagle Nest turnoff.
10) Pioneer Creek- accessible by Red River Ski Area road. Turn right onto road at NE end of ski area parking lot. Sign indicating turnoff is across the creek. Old mines will be located in the area 3 up.
11) Cerro Negro – travel 2 miles on road to Lawrence Ranch to Forest Road 7B. 5-mile loop that connects with 7C.
12) Trail Canyon- turnoff is approximately 1½ miles up Mallette Canyon. Intersects Cabresto Canyon Road after 10 miles.
While ATV riding the Red River Area, each all-terrain-vehicle is required to display a State Of New Mexico registration permit sticker. This includes both residents and non-residents. Residents can obtain a registration permit sticker from any Motor Vehicle Division Field Office. Non-residents can obtain a New Mexico ATV registration permit sticker online or by calling the Departement of Game and Fish at (505) 476-8000. Make sure to have a sticker displayed before ATV riding the Red River Area.
Overall, Red River OHV Area is the 5th most popular ATV riding trail of all 16 ATV trails in New Mexico.