Angel Fire, New Mexico
by Steve Theunissen
There aren’t many truly glorious spots left in the continental United States – places where nature abounds in all her splendor and where man has capitalized on God’s gifts by turning them into a wonderland of enjoyment and adventure. Angel Fire, New Mexico is such a place. Located in the stunningly beautiful Moreno Valley, in Colfax County, Angel Fire, New Mexico is 23 miles east of Taos and 152 miles northeast of Albuquerque.
Angel Fire Community Life
Angel Fire, New Mexico is a very young community of around 1,200 permanent residents. The community covers 25,143 acres. The village government is comprised of a mayor and four councilors. The villagers are a very tight knit community with many volunteering for such services as the fire department, search and rescue and the ambulance service. There is also a local library.
It goes without saying that tourism is the biggest money earner in Angel Fire, New Mexico. During the ski season, tourists by the thousands pour in each weekend. Local lodging companies can accommodate as many as 5,000 visitors on any given night.
Winter at Angel Fire
Angel Fire, New Mexico boasts some of the best ski resorts in the entire southwest. The layout of Angel Fire mountain is perfect for families and novice skiers because it funnels skiers right back together on both the front and back sides. Angel Fire resort is large enough to allow you to ski different runs all day, if you want to. It features a private beginner’s area with it’s own chairlift. A main feature of the resort is the 6,000 square foot Children’s Ski and Snowboard Center. Fully trained instructors are on hand there to make the day special and instructional for the kids. At the Summit of the mountain you’ll find Liberation Park which features the only half pipe in the entire state of New Mexico. Three other Terrain parks are located around the mountain. All four of them are ideal for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
Summer At Angel Fire
Summer in the fun at Angel Fire, New Mexico is all about choices. Some of those choices include fishing, golf, paddle boating, hiking, hot air balloon rides, mountain biking and exploring the nearby ghost towns and the DAV Vietnam Veterans National Memorial Museum. And, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, your opportunities to explore are limited only by your sense of adventure.
Wings Over Angel Fire
Held annually in July, the Wings Over Angel Fire event is a spectacular air show that will keep your spellbound for hours. The event features colorful hot air balloons, WW 2 trainers, bombers, helicopters, gliders, ultra-lights and many other types of aircraft, along with the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue. Take to the air in a hot air balloon and view the spectacle from the best possible vantage point.
Want more excitement out of Angel Fire, New Mexico? Well, how about the fact that the World championship shovel races happen here, not to mention the New Mexico state Mountain Bike champs. Then there’s the Mountain Man rendezvous, the Balloon festival and the Gourmet Jubilee Culinary extravaganza. What more could you want?
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