New Austin: the last real outlaw country. Where the old ways still hold true.
John Marston

New Austin is one of three territories in Red Dead Redemption and is also the largest. It is also known as the Frontier.

New Austin

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This territory is characterized as a largely rugged and arid wilderness in the process of colonization. As such, there is an expected presence of wild animals and outlaws.

The name of the region and its largest town as well as its border location, prominent fort, mines, and oil derricks all show a strong Texas influence.


New Austin lies between Nuevo Paraiso to the south, and West Elizabeth to the northeast. It comprises four regions: Cholla Springs, Gaptooth Ridge, Hennigan's Stead, and Río Bravo.

The terrain of New Austin resembles aspects of several real Southwestern U.S. states. Cholla Springs resembles Arizona's desert with its saguaro cactus, desert scrub, and prickly pears. The scrub desert of Rio Bravo is strongly reminiscent of New Mexico. Gaptooth Ridge is more like Southern California, Nevada, and western Arizona with its tan rocks and Joshua trees, and Hennigan's Stead resembles the western parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, central Colorado, and the square part of Texas called the Panhandle Plains, with the Eastern end (Stillwater Creek) resembling the The South comprising of North Texas, East Texas, and Louisiana.

Locations in New Austin

The following is an alphabetical list of the 46 locations found in New Austin:

Hennigan's Stead

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Cholla Springs

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Gaptooth Ridge

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Río Bravo

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The discovery of locations in New Austin counts towards the following Trophies/Achievements:

10 gamerscoreGamerscore
Bronze bronzeBronze
Uncover every location on the map in Single Player.

25 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Complete Twin Rocks, Pike's Basin, and Gaptooth Breach hideouts in Single Player.

25 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Complete Fort Mercer and Nosalida hideouts in singleplayer.

25 gamerscoreGamerscore
Silver silverSilver
Complete Tumbleweed and Tesoro Azul hideouts in singleplayer.

100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.


  • People in MacFarlane's Ranch and in Armadillo will mention Governor Nate Johns, suggesting that New Austin and West Elizabeth are located in the same territory; this is further evidenced by the lack of any government building in New Austin, but there are a few in West Elizabeth. In dialogue, several people refer to New Austin as a state.
  • The railroad tunnel between Hennigan's Stead and Cholla Springs and the snow capped canyon in north Hennigan's Stead are some of the few places in the game where the player is, technically, off the map.
  • The racing track in Gaptooth Ridge is the westernmost point in the game.
  • As with the boundary between New Austin and West Elizabeth, the transition of the music when the player moves between New Austin and Nuevo Paraiso can take some time to register.

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