A bounty of cool
By Ellen Miller-Goins
This community is cool, comfortable, even tranquil in the summer. Opportunities for fun are plentiful with shopping, tennis, top-rated golf, scenic chairlift rides, birding, hiking, horseback rides, ATV tours, horseshoes, basketball, swimming, miniature golf, disc golf, playgrounds and picnic areas and paddleboats, rowboats and fishing at Monte Verde Lake.
Angel Fire Resort offers activities for kids and grown-ups including a climbing wall, a Bounce House, and the “Eurobungy” trampoline-pulley combo that hoists you and three others into the air to flip, fly and jump yourself silly.
Angel Fire Bike Park is the largest bike park in the Rocky Mountains with more than 60 miles of lift-served terrain featuring the best skinnies, jump lines, manicured flow and super chunk trails. It has been voted “Best in the Southwest” by MTBparks.com three years in a row.
Angel Fire Resort’s Zipline Adventure Tour features six ziplines at the top of the mountain. Tours typically take two to three hours, and the ziplines vary from 120 to 1,600 feet in length. Between ziplines, you’ll walk along a scenic path. Call (844) 218-4107 for availability.
This summer management of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the nation’s first memorial to that conflict, will transfer from New Mexico State Parks to the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. State officials believe the transition will tie in well with the coming construction of a new veterans cemetery in Angel Fire.
Angel Fire is also home to the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center, which offers week-long retreats in the spring and fall for those who have been diagnosed with PTS (post traumatic stress) and their significant others with all but transportation costs provided. veteranswellnessandhealing.org
Run for the Wall, May 19-20, Vietnam Veterans National Memorial
Memorial Day Ceremonies, May 27-29, Vietnam Veterans National Memorial
Cool Summer Nights Concert Series, Fridays, June 16-Sept. 1
Art & Farmers’ Market, Sundays, June 18-Sept. 3, a weekly showcase of diverse local/regional artists, live music, food artisans and fresh produce.
Balloons Over Angel Fire, June 16-18. Forty hot-air balloons fill the skies over Angel Fire Father’s Day weekend. Look for a mass ascension Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and a balloon glow on Saturday evening. Balloon rides will be available for a fee with advanced reservations.
Habla Tamale Festival, June 17, features a tamale cook off, tamale-eating contest, Wally and Olly Tamale contest , vendors, kids-zone entertainment, and more.
Chile Challenge Pro GRT & Pro XCT Mountain Bike Races, June 23-25
Trash to Treasures Flea Market, July 1-2, benefits Shuter Library in Angel Fire
Angel Fire Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast, July 4
ArtsFest, July 7-9, Angel Fire’s premier juried art show featuring talented artists and artisans showcasing paintings, photography, jewelry, weavings, sculptures and other fine arts.
Angel Fire Garden Club Tour, July 15. Take a driving tour of gardens at spectacular homes.
Texas Shoot Out Team Tennis Tournament, July 22-23
Music from Angel Fire, Aug. 18-Sept. 3. Music from Angel Fire celebrates its 34th Summer Festival with concerts containing diverse programs, social activities and educational events in the beautiful New Mexico mountain communities of Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas.
Food & Wine Round-Up, Aug. 24-27. Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup is a series of fun events offering guests exceptional cuisine and food products, fine wines, extraordinary artisanal spirits and handcrafted brews.
Gravity Games & Brews Festival, Sept. 1-3. Angel Fire Bike Park celebrates mountain biking with fun competitions, great prizes and tons of gravity.
Visitor Center, 575.377.6555 or angelfirefun.com
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 575.377.6353 or angelfirechamber.org
Angel Fire Resort: 800-633-7463, 575.377.6401, angelfireresort.com