Angel Fire is a small resort town in North Central New Mexico. The town is situated in the Moreno Valley on the Enchanted Circle scenic drive about half an hour east from Taos on the other side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The town is dominated by a ski resort, with a base elevation of 8,410 feet (2100 meters) and a summit of over 10,000 feet, but offers four-season activities and is also well known for being the home to a Vietnam Veterans memorial.
US 64, a well-maintained but mountain road, passes through Angel Fire between Taos and Cimarron. A small county-run airport in the town handles private planes. The nearest airports with commercial scheduled service are Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The nearest Amtrak railroad station is in Raton, 80 miles to the east on US 64.
The resort and a few other local businesses maintain shuttles; otherwise transportation is by foot, horse, ski, snocat, or private car.
Surrounded by mountains that rise as high as 13,000 feet, Angel Fire is intrinsically scenic. Numerous hiking and mountain biking trails complement the well-marked scenic routes for automobiles.
- 1 Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, 34 Country Club Rd (just off US 64 north of town), ☎ . Visitor center open daily 9AM-5PM, Chapel open 24 hours a day. One of the first major Vietnam War memorials in the United States, this picturesque sail-shaped chapel was completed in the early 70s by the parents of Marine First Lieutenant David Westphall, who was killed in Vietnam. Free.
Angel Fire Resort is the town's main draw, with a variety of terrain for skiing and snowboarding as well as a tubing hill. A new specialty is night-skiing, on a specially designated 50-acre area. While nearly all outdoor snow sports are available during the winter, Angel Fire also offers an 18-hole golf course, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, a classical music festival, and numerous extreme sport competitions and exhibitions during the summer.
Angel Fire has a few gift shops and art galleries, and a small grocery market, along with numerous real estate agents.
- Angel Fire ArtSpace (ArtSpace Gallery), 3469 Mountain View Blvd (Highway 434), ☎ . 10-4:30. Premier Gallery in Angel Fire. Love art? Learn to paint! Get inspired!
Angel Fire boasts about two dozen restaurants, all in moderate price ranges.
- Caliente Grill.
- Lazy Lizard Cantina.
- H2 Uptown - 48 N Angel Fire Rd, one of the more classy restaurants in town. Make a reservation on holidays, and if you want to be safe during high ski season.
- Angel Fired Pizza, 3375 Mountain View Blvd, ☎ . Great crisp crust pizza and good service.
- Elements Fine Dining, Located in Angel Fire Country Club, another fine restaurant, serving everything from pub food to veal & venison to surprisingly fresh (given the location) seafood.
- Ritchie Slater Winery, Hwy. 434 and County Rd. B-3 (Osha Road) (In Black Lake, just south of Angel Fire, NM). Amazing hand-crafted, award-winning wines in one of the most beautiful settings on the planet.
The limited selection of accommodations includes resort hotel, cabins, B and Bs, condo rentals and motels. For better choices, some people prefer to stay in Taos.
- The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort, ☎ . Lodge at the base of the ski mountain, offering dining, indoor pool/hot tub, a fitness center, free WiFi, and pet friendly rooms.
- Angel Fire RV Resort, ☎ . Adjacent to the Lodge at Angle Fire Resort; 102 paved spaces with 30/50-amp full hook-ups, a clubhouse, and lots of amenities.
- Monte Verde RV Park & Campground.
- Angel Fire Visitor Center, 866-668-7787.
|Routes through Angel Fire|
|Farmington ← Taos ←||W E||→ Eagle Nest → Raton|