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Cross-Country Ski


Cross-Country Skiing

Gliding under the clear blue New Mexico skies, on cross-country skis, is the ultimate way to enjoy prepared trails that cater to diagonal striders and Nordic skiers. Guided tours and lessons take you through the Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Area, with nearly 15 miles of maintained trails. At the end of your adventure, a steaming cup of hot chocolate or coffee at the warming hut caps off a perfect Red River day.


Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area, (EFXC) The only full-service XC area in New Mexico.  They are located 3.5 miles east of Red River just below the summit of Bobcat Pass on Highway 38.  EFXC has more than15 kilometers of marked snowshoe trails and 30 kilometers of ski trails, which include 5 kilometers of trails you can ski with your BFF (best furry friend).  XC ski or snowshoe through 1,400 acres of spectacular views that include Wheeler Peak, Gold Hill, Upper Valley, and the Latir Wilderness.  Meander through aspen groves, wide-open meadows, and old-growth forests with your family and friends.

The area sports a full-rental shop with cross-country skis, boots, snowshoes, and poles as well as performance snowshoes for running. Tow-sled rentals are also available for the little ones and gear sleds are available with Yurt rentals.

Layer Up!

Cross Country skiing can be a vigorous workout. Even on colder days, you can heat up quickly. Wearing warm clothing in layers is always a good choice.  Accessorize with a hat and gloves and sunglasses or goggles!

XC Skiing Adventures

Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area

Enchanted Forest is New Mexico's only full service cross country ski and snowshoe area.


Enchanted Forest offers 33 km of 12-16 ft. wide groomed, signed, and patrolled trails for both classic and freestyle skiing, 18 km of snowshoe-only trails, and 3 km of trails to ski with your dog. We also offer a ski school, guided snowshoe-a-day lodge, plus an on-trail warming yurt to get out of the cold, a full ski and rental shop with accessories and souvenirs, and on-trail overnight yurt rentals.

Read about the Enchanted Forest’s yurt rentals.

Rates: $$

29 Sangre De Cristo Dr
(575) 754-6112  Website      


BigHorn Sports & Rental

Quality ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and snowblade rentals with over 50 years combined experience.


Family-owned and operated since 2002, Bighorn offers the least expensive rentals with the most knowledgeable staff.

220 E Main St
(575) 754-2721  Website  Email    


Wild Bill's Ski Shop

Wild Bill’s Ski Shop

Your first stop for fun and ski expertise for your Red River Ski or Snowboard adventure is Wild Bill’s Ski Shop located at the corner of Main Street and Pioneer in beautiful downtown Red River New Mexico.


Wild Bill’s is your one stop shop for Red River ski and snowboard rentals…everything you need to make your ski vacation fun and hassle free! Wild Bill’s offers ski rentals, snowboard rentals, lodging, retail sales of ski and snowboard equipment, as well as ski and snowboard apparel, gloves, goggles…whatever you might need to enjoy your Red River ski vacation.

Wild Bill’s offers 10% off your online reservation made 5 days in advance at
For more information, please call 575 754-2428.
Hours of operation: Seven days a week 8 am to 6 pm.

325 W Main St
(575) 754-2428  Website