Red River, NM

Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally kicks off Memorial Day Weekend

Rene Cizio

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The Red River resort town in Taos County is gearing up for the 39th Annual Red River Memorial Motorcycle Rally May 27 - May 31.

In previous years the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally has attracted up to 20,000 bikers.

The small town of Red River sits in the center of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. In the 2020 census, they have a population of 477.

The idyllic little town, along the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, and is 36 miles from Taos Red, is a motorcycle enthusiasts dream. The highway in and around the Red River is rolling and lightly trafficked. Mountain views pepper the landscape and the Rio Grande flows past. The roadway is lined with wildlife sightings like big-horn sheep and elk as you make your way into the town.

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The rally is set to take place along Main Street, which is the main thoroughfare into and out of town. It’s reminiscent of an Old West town, with a saloon and the local trading post. Many still made of lumber and rough-hewn logs.

Plans for this year’s rally are still being finalized, but as in years past, rally-goers can expect live music, bikes lining Main street, and various vendors selling everything from leather and lace to food and excursions.

Special ceremonies honoring United States veterans and fallen soldiers are scheduled to be held in Brandenburg Park on Saturday, May 29.

After the final events, the bikers head out together along the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, a 110-mile loop through northern New Mexico’s most beautiful scenery. They stop in Angel Fire to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The surrounding communities of Taos, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, and Questa also plan to hold events over the holiday weekend and many restaurants will be open to accommodate the expected influx of travelers.

It’s unclear exactly how many bikers will attend this year’s event, but over 7,000 people are following the event’s Facebook page.

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