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Red River in late March

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Red River in late March

Wondering what the weather, hiking conditions are like in Red River area in late March? Is there still snow on the ground? We would be interested in hiking and wonder about conditions, weather. Thanks!

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Hello, I am not native to that area, but we have skiied angel fire and sipapu during this time period(late spring break- approx. March 21-24.) I believe Red River is one of the first ski resorts in that enchanted cirlce area to shut down skiing for the year. Hope this helps. Maybe a local will advise as well.

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Yes, there will be snow in late March. The ski area closes March 23, but usually there is still plenty of snow in the area. If not snow...then plenty of mud!

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Thanks! I am getting the sense that this may not be the greatest time for hiking in this area?

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Don't give up! This area has lots of choices. . .

Late March in the Red River area is either tons of snow or intermittent snow and mud. The Enchanted Forest Recreation area is a great place to contact since they're all about the groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. We were there on Saturday and they had a 30" base.

http://www.enchantedforestxc.com/

The enjoyment of regular foot hiking in late March anywhere in Northern New Mexico is going to be a function of altitude and the side of the slopes you're using. So, for example, north-facing higher altitude trails are going to be snow covered and the south-facing slopes are going to be iffy, mostly wet with snow-melt.

Go to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area just west of Red River and Questa where the Rio Grande and the New Mexico Red River confluence. Lots of sunny, well-developed trails and so much incredible scenery. The Bald Eagles will most likely be migrating as will various large fowl such as cranes and snow geese. Our guests are always surprised (as are we) by the types of things they see there.

blm.gov/nm/…wild_rivers_rec_area.html

One last item: the Southern Rocky Mountains (known as the Sangre de Christos) that extend into this area receive the majority of their snow in March and April.

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