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Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Enchanted Forest XC Ski & Snowshoe Area

- 29 Sangre De Christo Drive, Red River, NM 87558

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Enchanted Forest XC Ski & Snowshoe Area (575-754-6112, www.enchantedforestxc.com has 33 km of trails groomed for classic and skate skiing and 15 km for snowshoeing, and 5 km that allow dogs. Enchanted Forest is known for the entertaining events and the great scenic views in its 500 acres of ancient forests, aspen groves, and sweeping meadows in the Carson National Forest (that's Kit Carson for you history buffs). Register for the Just Desserts Eat & Ski slated for Feb. 22 and the new Moonlight Ski/Snowshoe Dinner Tour in the yurt on Dec 17, Jan 16, Feb 14 (for Valentine's Day) and Mar 22.

Trail fees are $16 for an adult and $8-13 for kids and seniors. There are xc ski equipment rentals and lessons available at the center. Ski and snowshoe rentals are $16 per day and $13 after 12:30 PM with lower prices for kids, teens, and seniors. High performance gear is also available. The pulk sled is $15 for a day or $3.50 per hour. Group lessons are $25 per person for beginner, intermediate or skating at 10 AM or 1:30 PM. Private lessons are available at $50 for an hour with lower prices for 2nd person or half hour. Numerous scenic views from the trails including Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico and downtown Red River.

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Enchanted Forest has a warming hut day lodge for a snack and two new shelters on the trails and new for this year a yurt is available for winter camping accommodations. The yurt is heated with a box wood stove and there are kitchen items. A pulk sled is available for you to transport your sleeping bags, pillows, and food. There is no running water at the yurt. Price is $65 per night Sunday-Thursday and $85 on Friday or Saturday night. The Lodgers Tax is not included. No refunds on cancellations but you can select another date within a year.

Snowshoe Interpretive Tour every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:00 and 1:30 snowshoe rental available. Bring the dog for the 5 km of smooth groomed trails open to them to ski with you if they are under voice command. No trail fee for the dog and there are waste bags along the trail. Lodging and services are in the town, which is a step back to the Old West in the Sangre de Christo Mountains.

Open daily 9AM - 4:30 PM. $16 for trail pass; $13 for 13-17 or seniors 62+; and $8 for 12 and under. Half day prices are available at 12:30 PM. Three day punchcard available for discounted trail fees. Nearby alpine ski areas include Taos, Angel Fire, Red River Ski Area and there is also skiing at the Wild Rivers Rec Area. Enchanted Forest is 45 minutes from Taos, 2 hours from Santa Fe or Alamosa, CO, and 3 hours from Alburquerque.

Lodging available in Red River - see www.Redrivernewmex.com or 800-348-6444. Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area is 3 miles east of Red River on Bobcat Pass. CCSAA member.

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