With roots deeply derived from Native American culture, Angel Fire, New Mexico is named after an old legend of the Ute People. The Moache Ute indigenous tribe had an annual fall ceremony to rekindle ancestral relationships with their Great Spirit. In the 1700’s, young hunters relayed a story of red-orange glow atop a mountain called Agua Fria. The tribe declared this natural occurrence otherwise known today as “alpen-glow” as a blessing from the fire gods. This region of New Mexico has since been named, “the place of the fire of the angels” or Angel Fire.
Angel Fire is located towards the north border of New Mexico. At an elevation of nearly 8,500 feet, the Moreno Valley in which Angel Fire lies is 15 miles long and 3 miles wide. The Village of Angel Fire itself covers approximately twenty-nine square miles. Before Angel Fire Resort opened in 1966, the land the resort sits on was used for agriculture and cattle grazing.
Angel Fire Today
Today, Angel Fire is an outdoor activities mecca. The area beckons families, retirees, skiers, golfers, hikers, fly-fishermen and women, event-goers, mountain bikers and more to the alpine region. Winters are white-hot and snow-filled and the summers moderate with the high elevation maintaining low humidity and perfect seventies temperatures, all summer long.
Angel Fire’s total population is less than 1,200, making it the perfect mountain town for a peaceful, yet rewarding and adventurous lifestyle without the hustle and bustle of the city. The closest “large” city is Taos, New Mexico and lies twenty-four miles away. Fortunately, Angel Fire has its own airport which boasts that you can land, off board, and be slopeside within a matter of minutes!
Locals suggest that if you’re the “Mall of America” type, Angel Fire most likely is not for you. As described by a local resident, “We subscribe to the work ethic that says enjoy life while you can. So you might find a “Gone Fishing” hanging on the front door or a sticky note saying, “The snow’s great, we’re skiing for lunch.”
Don’t sweat the typical tourist destination conundrum of chain restaurants, Angel Fire prides their dining scene on the fact that all restaurants are all locally owned and operated. Even better, most every restaurant in the Village of Angel Fire comes complete with panoramic alpine views. Food, family, friends, ambiance – why wouldn’t you want to enjoy Angel Fire?
They say it takes a village, and Angel Fire is quite literally that – a Village. With less than 1,300 residents, the people of Angel Fire have been able to build a tight-knit community. Throughout the year, groups come together to hold bi-annual community and village clean up days, silent auctions to benefit different organizations, snow golf fundraisers, beneficial book sales and more. Charity is just one aspect that strengthens the community of Angel Fire. The town was provided a Community Center for residents and visitors. The facility offers daily classes ranging from Tai Ji Quan, to yoga, pickup basketball games and quilting groups. Many local artists also offer a variety of group or private art classes. Locals and tourists flock to Angel Fire for one reason, the lifestyle. Between the outdoor, and indoor amenities, Angel Fire is the perfect mountain destination.
The winter months in Angel Fire are considered December through March, though depending on the year, snow could begin to fall in as early as October and as late as June. Angel Fire Resort offers over 550 acres of mountain terrain and clocks an average of 210 inches of snow per winter - for both skiers and snowboarders rejoice! More adventurous features of the ski area include night skiing and two freestyle terrain parks for those that enjoy hitting a jump or two. Explore one or many of the resort’s 74 trails, catered to a wide range of experience levels. Green, blue and black ski runs scatter the resort and offer adventure around every tree, mogul and catwalk. The highest peak of elevation is 10,677 feet and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the snow covered Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Enjoy snowmobile tours or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with the local Nordic Center.
Local companies in Angel Fire also offer horse drawn sleigh rides or the adrenaline rush of zipping down the tubing and sledding hills!
Winter’s Nordic Center converts into the Angel Fire Resort Country Club during summer and features an 18-hole Golf Course. Want to zip around on more than a golf cart? Angel Fire proudly boasts New Mexico's only Zipline Tour. Zip line a little too much? Check out a disc golf course situated atop the ski area. Take the Chile Express Lift and enjoy a relaxing day of competition and views.
The ski areas runs turn into dirt trails, where mountain and downhill bikers can be found whizzing over jumps and whipping around adrenaline-inducing corners. In the summer months the Angel Fire ski mountain is transformed into a nationally acclaimed Mountain Bike Park with an 18-hole Disc Golf Course at the top of the Chile Express Chair Lift.
Of course, the ski area’s mountain bike trails can double as hiking trails. Nearby parks and peaks such as Cimarron Canyon and Wheeler Peak offer additional hiking options.
If ball sports are up your alley, head to the local baseball and tennis courts for a bout of friendly rivalry.
Looking to cast a line? High alpine lakes and refreshingly cool streams abound. Monte Verde Lake is a popular option because of its location within the village limits of Angel Fire. Experts and beginners welcome.
Each summer, the Village of Angel Fire hostsMusic from Angel Fire (MFAF). The festival is a gathering of world class artists who perform chamber music concerts, providing entertainment and an artistic haven for rural New Mexico communities.
The main events of winter are hosted on Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve where onlookers can awe at the torchlight parade which cascades down the ski mountain and is followed by a display of dazzling fireworks.
Find Your Mountain Paradise in Angel Fire
Angel Fire’s mountain mecca, community, panoramic views, and moderate climate provides the full package. Whether you’re looking for a second home to satisfy your desire for an occasional mountain getaway or searching for a place to settle down, Angel Fire offers the perfect high altitude paradise for you.