Welcome to the historical River Ranch
River Ranch is located in the city limits of Red River, New Mexico in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Our elevation is 8,750 feet. We are surrounded by mountains and National Forest land. You will appreciate our beautiful scenery and enjoy our cool summer mountain weather. Our 18 acre park is family friendly and pet friendly (see our pet policy ) We have 5 Rustic Cabins, 5 Lodge Apartments, many 30 and 50 amp full-hookup RV sites and several primitive tent sites. The beautiful Red River runs through the campground and we also have a stocked fishing pond for fishing enthusiasts, providing many hours of fishing enjoyment. We are also home to the historic Orrin Mallette Cabin. Come spend your vacation with us and enjoy the many things Red River has to offer.
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United States Department of the Interior National Park Service National Register of Historic Places Inventory
Taos County, Red River Red River Multiple Resource Area
Mallette, Orin, Cabin (Red River Multiple Resource Area)
Orin Mallette is listed in the New Mexico business directories from 1905 to 1915 as a blacksmith. His shop was located in town, on Main Street, on property that adjoined the log cabin home of his brother Sylvester.
In addition to his blacksmithing, and his farming and mining activities, Orin operated a brick kiln on his property at the western end of the valley. He established the kiln about 1894 to provide bricks for the mining boomtown. They were a pastel pinkish-orange in color, and were soft. As far as is known, only one structure in Red River was constructed of brick, the Brigham J. Young House that still stands on Main Street. However, the brick was also used for chimney construction in Red River. (Orin Mallette's kilns no longer stands.) In 1925, Orin Mallette, a widower, sold his 110 acres in the western end of the valley to Santiago Ortega of Questa for $4,500. Ortega died four years later and his estate listed the 110 acres as grazing land, along with "83 breeding sheep, 28 small sheep, and 3 rams."
In a division of Santiago Ortega's estate in 1932, Jose E. Ortega received the 110 acres. He sold the property in 1936 to L. S. Lewis who established a tourist resort there, named Lewis Ranch. He had cabins and horses for rent, and operated a large gambling and dance hall in the town. He established a sawmill on the property in order to construct the cabins and dance hall. He used the refuse of log-slabs from the mill to side his rustic tourist cabins and the additions that he made to the west pen of the Mallette Cabin. Log-slab siding had been a popular building material in the mountains of northern New Mexico since the establishment of sawmills there. It was used for homesteads, barns and tourist resorts. The slabs are the rounded, bark-covered ends of the logs that remain after the boards have been sawn from the center of the log.
The Lewis family made the Mallette Cabin their home until the 1950s. Geographical Data: The nominated property consists of the building, which measures 85'9" by 35'6" at its greatest length and width, plus an additional 10' in each direction. Quadrangle.name: Red River Quadrangle Scale: 7.5 minute UTM References: Zone 13 Easting 461940 Northing 4062350
has 15 RV spots and the 5 lodge apartments open year round. Call for Memorial weekend Holiday rates. No Refunds for early departures or late arrivals. Two day rental fee required to confirm reservation. We accept cash, credit cards and money orders. Cancelations 30 days prior to arrival will incur a 20% handling fee, less than 30 days will receive no refund. Reservations paid in full upon Arrival.
Prices do not include tax. Reservations made for exact number of guests.
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River Ranch 1501 W Main, P.O. Box 69, Red River, New Mexico 87558
575-754-2293 Check-in time - 2 PM Check-out time - 10 AM