Angel Fire

East of Taos lies Angel Fire, appropriately named by the nomadic Moache Utes. When the Utes looked up from their valley home at the flickering sun radiating.

the tip of Agua Fría Peak, they labeled the place the “fire of the gods.” Today, visitors can golf, ride horseback, fish, zip line and mountain bike. The top-rated Angel Fire Bike Park offers more than 100 miles of downhill and cross-country trails for every level of bike rider. The trails tie into the National Forest trail network, including the popular South Boundary Trail.

Photo by Michael Johnstone, The Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
Hot air balloons rise over Angel Fire during the village’s Summerfest and Balloon Rally on Saturday (June 27).

Angel Fire’s restaurants, from fine dining to coffee shops, are all locally owned and operated, serving up some of the best Northern New Mexico has to offer. There’s a summer concert series in Frontier Park and an annual classical music festival — Music from Angel Fire.

Samantha Fish performs Saturday (August 10) during Festival Eclectica at Colfax County Airport in Angel Fire.

On Father’s Day weekend, the town hosts a hot-air balloon festival, and on Memorial Day, a flag march and ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Racers slide around a turn in the four-cross competition at last year’s Chile Challenge, which returns to Angel Fire this weekend.