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America's Prettiest Winter Towns

Red River, NM

This town northeast of Taos in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is where many Texan kids take their first turns before discovering the big resorts of Colorado and beyond. There’s just one funky road through Red River—shared by alpine-style restaurants and bars, draft beer, and Texas barbecue joints—and the earthy, artsy vibe gets balanced by lots of big hair and Texan twang. The mountain’s good range of predominantly intermediate ski terrain means you probably won’t be too tuckered out to join the roving après-ski party along the main drag.  

Winter Fun: Go on a guided snowmobile tour with Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures and float atop the powder at 9,820 feet in the Kit Carlson National Forest, with miles of trails crossed by elk, mountain lions, and bobcats.

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