Seasonal Alpine Recreation on Angel Fire Mountain
Although Angel Fire Mountain in the Rockies gets more than 200 inches of average annual snowfall, summer and early fall mean mild, pleasant temperatures. Situated at the base of the peak in north-central New Mexico, Angel Fire Resort attracts winter-sports enthusiasts looking to explore its trails after October. Visitors in the warmer months can take advantage of the area’s fishing on Monte Verde Lake, spin their wheels at the popular Angel Fire Bike Park, and participate in other summer activities. The resort offers a Zipline Adventure Tour, available at an additional cost. With this getaway, you can also opt for a round of golf on the 18-hole Angel Fire Resort Golf Course, known for its tree-lined mountainside fairways.
At the end of the day, give your muscles a rest in the indoor pool and hot tub located beneath the lodge’s atrium. Afterwards, get a restful night’s sleep inside a 500-square-foot standard room or Alpine Wing room outfitted with two queen beds.
The resort has a handful of onsite dining options to fuel long days of recreation. Views of the mountains surround both indoor and outdoor seating at the upscale Elements restaurant, which serves entrees such as new york strip steak and pan-seared crispy black cod. Complement your dinner with a bottle from the restaurant’s private wine room, which is stocked with 1,800 bottles. The casual Legends Grill pairs pizza and burgers with an extensive beer selection, including 11 craft microbrews on draft.
Angel Fire, New Mexico: Stunning Scenery in the Southern Rockies
According to local legend, a tribe of Native Americans first called the mountainous Angel Fire area “fire of the gods,” referring to the region’s spectacular sunsets. As friars explored through the area, the name evolved into “the place of the fire angels,” and 19th-century frontiersman Kit Carson was the first to dub the town Angel Fire. The unusual moniker stuck. Today, in New Mexico’s northeast corner, at an elevation of 8,400 feet, fiery reds, oranges, and yellows still light the sky ablaze above the mountains.
Angel Fire is also known for its Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The angular, all-white memorial was erected in 1968 to pay tribute to a young soldier and son of a local doctor killed in battle. It’s home to a museum, visitors’ center, chapel, and a Huey helicopter, which was in use in Vietnam.