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Visitor Center: 575-377-6555
23 miles east of Taos in Moreno Valley; Drive time: 30 mins.; Elevation: 8,382ft. Population: 1,216.
The Angel Fire area and the Moreno Valley were in the range of some of the most ancient peoples in the Americas. More recently, it became the home of Ute and Apache Indians, with the Spaniards visiting the area as early as 1540, searching for gold.
Birth of a Resort Town - In the 1950's, the Lebus family of Texas purchased 23,000 acres to develop the property into a resort community. In 1966 construction began - the first ski trails were cut, a 9-hole golf course was completed and Monte Verde Lake was ready for visitors. Word of the resort spread quickly drawing visitors from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. New accommodations were needed to house these many visitors and the first condominiums were completed in 1971. In 1972, utilities began to be installed at lot sites, new roads were built, and clearing began for new ski trails. By 1973, Angel Fire was visited by more than 20,000 skiers and the Angel Fire Country Club was built. Over the next decades, the resort was sold many times - each time, bringing a brighter future with new improvements and additions to the resort. In 1986, Angel Fire was incorporated as a municipality of New Mexico. Today, there is a year-round population of about 1200 people and any weekend during the summer and winter, crowds can swell to more than 10,000 people.
Alpine family ski and snowboard vacation destination in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Generations of skiers know Angel Fire as a family-friendly ski resort.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
Angel Fire Resort ski area—the centerpiece of town—offers a mountain-full of ski and snowboard trails for every ability level. Other area recreation sites include the Olympic Park and the Angel Fire Resort Nordic Center at the Angel Fire Resort Country Club.
With summer temperatures in the 70's, Angel Fire is an excellent summer recreation destination as well. Angel Fire Resort has a world-class bike park built for various styles and levels of mountain biking, and the Greenbelt Public Trails offer access deep into the valley for hiking, running, cross-country mountain biking, and horseback riding. The Angel Fire Golf Course is an 18-hole course rated by Golf America as one of the top high-elevation courses in the country and is surrounded by beautiful mountain views. The summer chairlift is open for easy sight seeing of the valley and mountains and offers access to the ziplines tours at the top of the mountain. Fly-fishing, cowboy dinners, bird watching, and off-roading round out the summer adventures available at Angel Fire.Visit the Angel Fire website