Hikes

 Columbine Hike   Lost Lake Hike   Exploration Hike
The Community House offers a variety of guided hikes during the summer. Please visit the Activities Calendar for a schedule.
 
Procedures
  • Please arrive at the Community House at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to fill out the required paperwork and hear a safety orientation.
  • Each hiker will be required to sign the Acknowledgement of Recreational Activity Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability, with parents being required to sign for those under 18.
  • Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Read the information below about the difficulty ratings and hike preparations. Please do not endanger yourself and others by attempting a hike that is beyond your capabilities.
  • Be sure to bring the required gear.
  • Have fun!!!

Guide to Difficulty Ratings and Hike Preparations

Easy Hike

Less than 2 miles; less than 150 feet elevation gain; slow pace. Good hike for people who:

  • Enjoy frequent breaks and want to socialize.
  • Are not in good physical condition.
  • Have just arrived in Red River and are not acclimated to the elevation.
  • Have little or no hiking experience.
  • Are hiking with small children.
  • Are older or find longer hikes too difficult.

For your safety and enjoyment of easy hikes, the following items are recommended:

  • Comfortable closed toe shoes
  • Clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions
  • Hat
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • At least 16 ounces of water

Moderate Hike 

Up to 4 miles; less than 1,000 feet elevation gain; moderate pace. Good hike for people who:

  • Enjoy regular breaks and want to socialize.
  • Have some hiking experience.
  • Are acclimated to the elevation.
  • Are in good physical condition.

For your safety and enjoyment of moderate hikes, the following items are required:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions
  • Hat
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • At least 32 ounces of water
  • Snack
  • Small backpack

Strenuous Hike 

4 miles or more; 1,000 feet or greater elevation gain, moderately fast pace. Good hike for people who:

  • Want to walk moderately fast.
  • Are able to maintain a steady hiking pace with few breaks.
  • Are acclimated to the elevation.
  • Want to get in a solid day of exercise.
  • Are in good physical condition.
  • Have significant hiking experience.

For your safety and enjoyment of strenuous hikes, the following items are required:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Clothing appropriate for the expected weather conditions
  • Hat
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • At least 64 ounces of water
  • Snack
  • Small backpack

Hiking Precautions

  • Sunburn – It is easy to get sunburned at high elevations. Always wear sunscreen.
  • Dehydration – New Mexico has extremely low humidity, so drinking lots of water is very important. It will help you acclimate to the elevation.
  • Hypothermia – The body is losing heat faster than it is generating it. Results from exhaustion, not eating enough to provide fuel, getting wet from rain, and wind chill. Hypothermia is a real danger, even in the summer. Carry rain gear. Eat and drink often on a hike. Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor activities. BE PREPARED!
  • Lightning – Can strike from miles away. If you hear thunder you are in danger. Take the following precautions:
    – Go to low ground immediately.
    – Avoid open fields, tops of ridges, hills, and mountain peaks.
    – Stay away from isolated or tall trees; select a lower stand of trees that are the same height.
    – Stay away from water, metal fences, telephone or power lines, or towers.

Click here for lightning safety tips from the National Weather Service.

Ten Essentials

For moderate and strenuous hikes, the Community House recommends that hikers carry the “Ten Essentials.”

  1. Navigation (Map, Compass, GPS device)
  2. Sun Protection
  3. Rain Gear and Extra Clothing
  4. Flashlight
  5. First Aid Kit
  6. Matches, Lighter, and Fire Starter
  7. Knife
  8. Water and Food
  9. Communication (Whistle, Cell Phone, Telling Someone Where You Are Going)
  10. Emergency Shelter