While many people think of Angel Fire, New Mexico, as a great winter destination option, the city actually has something for every season. A small town of just 1,200 located in Colfax County, New Mexico, Angel Fire is surrounded by mountain ranges on the east and west.
So if for your week-long trip you are looking for skiing, sledding, ice fishing, rafting, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, live music and more, Angel Fire may be a great get away.
“Nowadays, we are seeing about the same numbers of tourists coming here during the summer and during the winter,” Angel Fire Visitor Center Tourism Manager Jimmy Linton says. “We see a lot of families during the summer. During the winter, everyone is here to ski. Everyone is on the mountain.”
Planning a winter trip may seem like a chore, but here are the mustdo things in and around Angel Fire during the winter time.
Riding on the slopes. The ski lift opens at 9 a.m. every day at the Angel fire Resort Ski Area, closing at 4 p.m. The resort has 76 trails and terrain parks where USASA competitions are often held. There are also more than 560 ski-able acres on the property. Overnight boarding is also offered in the areas where snowboarding, downhill and cross country skiing are available.
“This is great for those people that like to work until noon then drive or fly in,” Linton explains. “When they get into town they can get a couple of runs in during the evening.”
Ziplining. “We have six ziplines that take you all the way around the mountain,” Linton says. “We even have one where you can race your friends.”
Through the purchase of a lift ticket, an individual can either ride one line or multiple lines.
Hunting seasons. Angel Fire offers guided hunts as well as luck of the draw hunting on public lands. Fall turkey bow hunting, dusky grouse and squirrel seasons begin Sept. 1. Fall turkey season begins Nov. 1. Quail season begins Nov. 15. Pheasant season begins Dec. 6. For rules related to big game hunting, visit wildlife.state. nm.us/hunting. ATVs have access to many trails at Carson National Forest.
Dining. The Mikuna Grill is open 4-9 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Options on this menu include truffle fries, creamy shrimp scampi and elk tenderloin.
“This restaurant has some really great desserts,” Linton says. “It is a great place to go in the evening. People just love the food. The menu has a lot of South American influences.”
This restaurant is located on North Angel Fire Road, and cuisine influences include Lima, New Hampshire and New Mexico.
When the children are out of school and the weather is warm, Angel Fire does not stop the fun. Here are must-do things during the summer months.
Biking. For bikers, opening day at Angel Fire Resort Bike park is May 18. Throughout the summer, catch activities like demo daze at mountain bike park; Fast 5 MTB races, a five-part downhill race series held in the Rocky Mountains; the Scott Enduro Cup, a race that draws more than 200 professional and amateur riders; and Revolution Enduro, a two-day event.
“We have a bike park that is the No. 1 mountain bike park,” Linton explains. “It is great for mountain biking as well as cross country biking.”
Festival Season. Balloons over Angel Fire has free admission and features about 40 hot-air balloons. The festival held over Father’s Day weekend also includes a balloon glow, held on the same weekend is Festival Eclectica. For more information on this music event, visit festivaleclectica.com.
Local brews. The enchanted Circle Brewing Company has outdoor seating, a waiter service and more. The American-style food is good for groups and families and is open from noon to 9 p.m. daily. Not far down Angel Fire Road is the Enchanted Circle Dining room which a serves Italian specialties. This restaurant is open from 5-9 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
“Both places are owned by the same people,” Linton says. “The brewery is open year-round and the dining room is open during the spring and summer, but for the brewery I would recommend the menu in the tap room. It is some really great food. They make American food, but everything is done really really well.”