Volunteers work to renew Red River Nature Trail

By Eddie Dry<br />For the Chronicle

RED RIVER – Twenty-six folks, including Red River residents and summer home owners, Community House staff and volunteers — and even several tourists — worked three hours to give Red River’s favorite family trail a needed face lift. After several years of summer rains, the trail had many places that discouraged families, children, and seniors from taking the half-mile trail from the ski area to the “Y”.

The volunteers leveled the trail, cleaned steps, filled holes, and cut overhanging limbs.

The 67 tourists who walked the trail while the volunteers worked expressed joy about having such a easy, safe, and convenient trail to take, especially for their children.

The Nature Trail was built in 1978 by a group of Red River residents with assistance from the Town of Red River and the Carson National Forest. The volunteer group was recognized by the Governor of New Mexico for community volunteerism.

Future plans call for new signage, more erosion control, and some children’s “educational” stations, such as a tree ring display, flower and tree identification, and inclusion in the Community House’s new Red River Ranger youth activity.

For details for future workdays, call 575-754-3364.