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What To Know About Your Vacation In Angel Fire

Angel Fire is a town located in Northern New Mexico below the tallest peak of the Southern Rockies. Families, friends, and couples come here year-round to enjoy the beautiful scenery, wildlife and outdoor activities. Best known for the mesmerizing light over Agua Fria peak, Angel Fire is home to a world-class mountain biking course and one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the southwest. Learn more about local area, things to do, annual events with these frequently asked questions by visitors.

Wheeler Peak Lodge during the winter in Angel Fire, New Mexico.


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Angel Fire, NM FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How Did Angel Fire Get Its Name?

Centuries ago the nomadic Ute and J tribes would pilgrimage to Angel Fire for spiritual rituals. Here, they noticed that when the sun rose and set over the Sangre de Cristo mountains that the peaks would appear as if in an orange and red inferno. One of the elders declared this to be ‘the breath of the spirits’. Franciscan monks later translated this to, ‘breath of angels’ which the New Mexican pioneer, Kit Carson, shortened to ‘Angel Fire’.

Where Is Angel Fire Located In New Mexico?

Angel Fire is in Northern, New Mexico. It is part of the famed enchanted circle which surrounds part of the Sangre de Cristo mountains with views of Wheeler Peak. On the eastern edge of this circle, Angel Fire sits in Moreno Valley surrounded by breathtaking beauty with plenty of outdoor activities available.

What Is the Weather Like in Angel Fire, NM?

Angel Fire is known for its favorable climate year-round. With an average of 2,800 hours of annual sunshine, New Mexico is one of the sunniest states in the US. Expect temperatures between 60 to 80 degrees during the summer and around 25 degrees in the winter. The average snowfall is 121 feet, making it an optimal place to visit for outdoor mountain activities year-round.

What Is the Elevation Of Angel Fire, NM?

Angel Fire in the heart of Moreno Valley sits at 8,406 feet above sea level. Take a chairlift or hike up the mountain to a height of 10,677 feet. You’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the landscape and wildlife below.

Is Skiing Good in Angel Fire?

Angel Fire Ski Resort is hailed as one of the best ski resorts for families. With 7 chairlifts, ski schools and rentals it’s easy for a beginner skier or snowboarder to learn here. For the experienced skier, there are several black diamonds that take you down 2,000 vertical feet while three terrain parks are available where you can practice your jumps and tricks. A varied ski experience also allows you to choose from leisure skiing, night skiing and cross-country skiing as it fits.

Is There a Grocery Store In Angel Fire?

There is a grocery store located within Angel Fire. There are also several retail shops, boutiques and outdoor sports gear rentals as well. For other retail needs, Taos is just 30 miles away and hosts big brand stores like Walmart, for example.

What Restaurants Are in Angel Fire, NM?

Angel Fire is home to a variety of restaurants including on the mountain slopes and in the valley. Choose from organic gluten-free dining, family-friendly restaurants, and fine dining with varying cuisine.

Does Angel Fire Have a Live Web Camera?

Yes. There are six webcams for viewing weather conditions and mountain activities located on the slopes and base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range. View webcams.

What Things Are There to Do in Angel Fire?

Angel Fire is filled with outdoor activities in gorgeous mountain surroundings. It is known widely for mountain biking, skiing, horseback riding, fishing, and hiking. Live music, local art and cuisine make it a colorful display of the history and culture of the southwest. Explore things to do in Angel Fire.

What Airports Are Near Angel Fire?

The nearest airport is 30 miles in Taos. This airport hosts routes from Texas (Austin and Dallas) and California (Burbank and San Diego), seasonally. The Santa Fe airport is 100 miles from Angel Fire, but don’t worry, it’s a very scenic drive. The airport only has one terminal, making it extremely easy to navigate. Several airlines fly in and out of Santa Fe Regional airport each day.

Albuquerque is the biggest airport in this region. Recently remodeled, it provides a welcoming venue as well as showcases the uniqueness of northern New Mexico. Most major airlines fly in and out of Albuquerque International Airport.

Angel Fire Airport can accommodate nearly every aircraft type, personal or chartered. At 8,382 feet, it is the fourth highest elevation airport in the United States and boasts one of the longest runways in the country at 8,900 feet. For hangar availability and more information please go here.

For more information including where to find rental cars click here.

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