Red River New Mexico History
Red River City was born in the late 1800's as a gold mining town. In the early days the population soared to several thousand residents. But the gold proved elusive, and transportation was so expensive that profits were nonexistent. The town almost became a ghost town like many of the other area mining camps. However, the Sangre de Cristo mountains were so alluring that a few hardy souls stayed on.
The town was reborn in the early 1900's as a tourist attraction and was renamed Red River. The high mountain lakes, streams, decaying gold mines, hiking trails and scenery made the town a natural for vacationers.
In the late 1950's the Red River Ski Area was built, making the town a cross between its early rustic beginnings and an alpine resort.