Fall foliage Jeep tours offered in Red River

Posted at: 09/24/2013 6:00 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Fall is finally here and when we think of fall, you think of cooler temperatures, Balloon Fiesta being around the corner, and the changing of the colors. But you don't have to see the fall color change all the way up in New England. You can have all that right here in New Mexico.

One place in particular, Red River, offers guided Jeep tours through old mining trails that show the beautiful wilderness and the fall colors.

Every road has a theme, says Gary Swinford, the manager and driver of Red River Off-Road.

One road in particular called “The Pioneer” is an historical route marked by old mines, where the water and the road becoming one, and of course, the beautiful wildlife.

Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, and the famous color changing Aspens mark the trail. Swinford said he saw his first tree out in the boonies changing about a month ago.

Although it’s an amazing view, the changes are barely starting to show, with the peak coming in a few weeks, meaning that it'll take longer for places like Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and parts of southern New Mexico to peak.

The first fall storm brought light snow to Red River, but Swinford isn't worried it will keep his tour off the road just yet.  

For the next two months, visitors have the trails and falls colors at their disposal and Red River is more than welcoming.

If you'd like to find out how you can hop up on the Jeep tour, click on the link below.