The roar of heavy bikes thundered across the Enchanted Circle last weekend as the Red River Memorial Weekend Motorcycle Rally returned after COVID-19 restrictions canceled last year’s event. With masks off and crowds shoulder-to-shoulder, the event seemed back and better than ever.

Although the festive event, which began Friday and continued through Monday (May 28-30), featured lots of live music, biker merchandise and the Busted Knuckles Tour doing motorcycle stunts, it was in commemoration of Memorial Day, when the nation takes note of the men and women who died in military service. Red River Tourism and Economic Development Director April Ralph told the Taos News last week she thought “people are going to come because … life is somewhat coming back to normal.”

The new normal was apparent in the way the tenor booths and special events were spread throughout the town instead of concentrated along Main Street. 

In addition to events in Red River, over Bobcat Pass to the east the Village of Eagle Nest hosted the first Hideout Pigtrail biker rally May 26-31. The rally on the shore of Eagle Nest Lake boasted of “motorcycles, music, mayhem and meat.” 

Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM) is planning to be in Questa for a Memorial Day (May 31) dedication ceremony for the late Sen. Carlos Cisneros during which he honored veterans and recognized the Cisneros family. The event is set for noon until 2 p.m. at the intersection of State Roads 522 and 32. Sen. Cisneros, a longtime New Mexico lawmaker, died Sept. 17, 2019. 

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