If you want to experience 2,700 acres of off-road riding fun, grab some riding buddies or your family and head out to the Red River Motorcycle Trails in Bulcher, Texas.
Red River was established 1972 and has come to be known by several different names. Bulcher and Muenster are two of the names you’ll hear. Sometimes it’s mistaken for Red River ATV Park, which is in Bonham, Texas.
It would be difficult and very time consuming to map all the trails here. Let’s just put it this way, you won’t get bored on 2,700 acres.
The terrain varies from thick trees with flowing sandy trails to hill climbs. Most of the climbs are sand but there are some huge rocky climbs too. Sandy river bottoms present a real treat or challenge, depending on how you want to attack them. Large, sandy play areas are a favorite of many.
Red River is a great family recreation area to start out new or young riders. If you want to take a break from riding, try fishing, swimming or just lounging in the river.
Admission is $25 a day for non-members. A membership allows you to ride for $15 a day and allows a guest to ride for $20. Two annual memberships are offered: a $125 “Adventurer” membership valid for one adult, and a $75 “Ranger” membership for a minor 10-17 years old. Kids age 9 and under are free.
Red River is open most weekends. Weekday riding is by appointment only. Riding is allowed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from April through September and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from October through March.
Camping is $5 per person per night. There are camping areas for both primitive tent camping and for trailers and RVs. There’s camping along Mountain Creek but not along the Red River. There also are cabins available.
Members and their guests may use the member restroom/shower complex. There are no showers for visitors. There are portable toilets throughout the park. Pets must be on leashes.
Motorcycles, ATVs, and utility vehicles are welcome on the trails, but no jeeps or buggies.
Like most areas, there are some very good, common-sense rules: helmets and protective gear is required, no drinking and riding, stay on trails, don’t ride in fields and pastures, etc.
The closest food, water, gas and lodging is 10-15 miles away in St. Jo or Muenster.
Red River is on the Texas-Oklahoma border, 90 miles north of Dallas and 155 miles south of Wichita, Kan.
The park address is 15393 N. FM 373, Bulcher, Texas 76252. Telephone: (940) 995-2903. Website: www.redrivermotorcycletrails.com.