Set perfectly between Eagle Nest and Red River New Mexico on the outer skirts of the beautiful Carson National Forest are the best views I saw while visiting New Mexico. I didn’t think you could find these mountain views unless you went further North into Colorado. Boy was I wrong!
My friends and I decided we wanted to go snowmobiling and did a little google search and ended up booking our tour with Bobcat pass wilderness adventures bobcatpass.com and I’m so thrilled we did. They provided the boots, ski pants/suit, helmet and let us rent some goggles for just a few dollars at the little office in Red River. After getting our gear lined out we were on our way up the mountain to Bobcat pass which was just a short 10 min drive.
Once we got bundled up we made our way down to parking area for the snowmobiles and were given a brief safety review before beginning our adventure out on the open snow.
The contrast between the azure sky and the pure white glistening snow was enough to make you want to just stop everything and sit in amazement. Which i did, once I was let out on my own to enjoy the freedom of not being in a single file line of snowmobiles. It was fun, and fast and if you got too cold the tour operators built a nice fire nearby you could stop off and warm yourself if you decided to un-ass your seat and pull away from the fun!
The route that we were given is full of fun hills to ride up and down and straightaways to really let that machine roar. The most magical part of snowmobiling at Bobcat Pass for me was the picture postcard views that I was able to stop and take in!
Tips for snowmobiling:
- Bring your own gloves – I didn’t see where these were offered for rent like the goggles.
- Put a bottle of water somewhere in your jacket, being at that altitude will surely make you thirsty.
- If it starts to feel like your hands are about to melt onto the handles, stop and ask your guide to adjust your hand grip warmers. Yes, that’s correct there are hand warmers and they get HOT!
- Here are some signs of altitude sickness, you should have this in your brain bank anytime you are heading to stay in the mountains if you aren’t used to the elevation. www.altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php