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early check-out times

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early check-out times

Most places in Red River have a check-out time of 10:00 am. We are making a weekend-trip there so my husband and kids can ski, but I don't ski. Where can I hang-out after 10:00 on a Sunday while waiting for my family to ski the rest of the day?

Taos, New Mexico
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1. Re: early check-out times

If you don't mind driving by yourself, check out the Enchanted Circle drive. It can be done in a few hours if you include some stops along the way such as the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial outside Angel Fire or Taos Plaza. The route literally circles back around to Red River where you can meet your family before heading back home.

An amazing, lesser known spot to do some birding or communing with nature is just outside Questa (a short drive west of Red River). It's the Wild Rivers Recreation Area where the New Mexico Red River and the Rio Grande confluence about 1000 feet below the rim of two gorges coming together. It's run by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and was renovated and updated a few years ago, so it's in great shape. You could drive over, have a quiet picnic lunch at one of the picnic sites, visit their visitor's center, hike a trail along the rim, or down one of the trails to the rivers below. On a sunny day, it's simply spectacular and the trails are well maintained and in great shape.

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2. Re: early check-out times

I would concur with TaosBandBLover on the beauty of Wild Rivers RA.

It is one of our favorite quicky getaway spots and while any of the hikes from the rim down to the Rio Grande are pretty strenuous, it affords a gorgeous chance to see the canyon in relative solitude and from multiple perspectives not available just sitting up on the rim.

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