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Red River was first settled by gold miners around 1880 and shortly after a small cabin was built where the Riverside Lodge stands today. It was added to and evolved over the years before becoming a residence. Later, a grocery was added and by 1901 the owners were renting rooms. 

The Allens bought the Riverside in 1961 after staying there on their honeymoon trip away from Texas. Since then, three generations of their family have worked on, in, or owned the business at some point. Over the years, everything has been remodeled or rebuilt. Today, the Riverside is a perennial favorite for folks visiting the high country. 



Red River has a storied, rich history, complete with Native Americans, mountain men, trappers, gamblers, outlaws, and miners, plus the boom and bust cycles of the wild frontier. Mining peaked in the late 1890s and the booming population of Red River began to dwindle in the years that followed. 

Luckily, Red River avoided a "ghost town" destiny as the town rented abandoned mining cabins to visitors seeking refuge from the heat. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Red River was designated a "Mountain Playground" by tourists escaping the dust bowl. Red River's excellent climate, beautiful scenery, and activities for everyone continue to make the town a destination for flatlanders everywhere. 

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Today, we sit just one block off the river, but that wasn't always the case. Before a 1960s road construction project to straighten and pave Highway 38, the center of town was mostly marshland. As you can see in this classic postcard, there was nothing standing in the way between the Riverside and the Red River. 

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  • Parking

  • Wireless internet access

  • Hot Tub

  • Guest Laundry Facility

  • Television 

  • Toiletries

  • Playground

  • Outdoor Games

  • Barbecue Grills

  • Club House

  • DVD players

  • Picnic Area