There are some new faces at Weezie’s Wild Rides, formerly known as Mike’s Fun Place at 105 East Main, the corner of Main Street (NM Highway 38) and Jack and Sixes Trail. (Call 575-754-1726.)

Chris and Tracy Louise “Weezie” Green (and George the 8-month old Pyrenees) have purchased the family fun business from Mike Julian and have taken over operation as of two weeks ago.

They will specialize in renting UTVs for high country excursions and plan to eventually offer the tiny 50cc Scoot Cars “or something like that” that have been so popular the past 5 years.

“We have some other plans too,” says Chris, “but we’re going to get things settled in first.”

The famous Climbing Wall, which offers a safe environment for neophyte mountaineers and has proven a favorite of all ages, will soon be in service, as will the well-received Bungee Trampoline, a hit with budding gymnasts.

Pepe the Bull, for years a Main Street landmark, has decided to go on tour with the former owner and will not be in service.

For the Greens, moving to the mountains and Red River is a lifetime adventure. They have been farming on a 750-acre spread around Willowdale in Kingman County, Kansas, on acreage that was originally owned by Tracy’s father for the previous 50 years.

They were involved in wheat production and also had cattle. A recent storm which saw tornados and softball sized hail fortunately missed their wheat crop which is currently in the process of being harvested.

That first trip to Red River was the result of a Facebook post.

“A friend of mine posted a picture of the colors in the valley taken in late fall,” Tracy says, remembering vividly the experience, “and I said I want to go there, so we came. That first visit was in May last year and we talked with Mike. Then we came back in August and it snowed! It melted quickly but we still had a fire!”

“We came out here on vacation last summer,” Chris explains, “fell in love with it and fell into this deal.” It was their first trip to the mountains and they realized they were hooked.

While they have never been in the amusement and UTV rental business, Chris’ mechanical background working for John Deere and Caterpillar exposed him to all types of machines and moving equipment. “The off-road stuff and ATVs sort of fell into my niche.”

He admits with a tight smile that the first week had been hectic. “This UTV thing has been a bit overwhelming to get off the ground, but it’ll be okay. We’re looking forward to summer.”