Eagle Nest

In its Element

For a winter wonderland like Eagle Nest, nature is always awe-inspiring. Even after the summer sun has cooled and the fall leaves have dropped, the forests and open spaces in and around Eagle Nest are teeming with Northern New Mexico wildlife.

File Photo, Ice Fishing EN Lake w EN town in background

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Gateway to Enchantment

Less than an hour from Taos and sitting at 7,500 feet elevation, Questa is the northern gateway to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, which surrounds Wheeler Peak, the highest summit in the state.  Questa is one in a long chain of tiny towns that popped up along the Rio Grande from what is now Mexico into southern Colorado in the 18th and 19th centuries.

File Photo, Questa Protected Lands

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Taos Pueblo

The Soul of Taos

New Mexico has a long and storied history – only becoming a state in 1912. Prior annexation of the region by the U.S. in 1846, the area was “ruled” for nearly 300 years by Spain and then Mexico.

File Photo, Taos Pueblo My job took us on a tour to the Pueblo and we were lucky to go the day after a big snow and see the area covered in fresh snow.

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Angel Fire

Winter in the Pines

Just over the snow-capped peaks, past the deep frozen valleys, and across the untouched plains to the east lies Angel Fire. Appropriately named by the nomadic Moache Utes who congregated there in the spring and fall to renew their ancestral ties with the Great Spirit, Angel Fire has been known for centuries as a place unlike any other — a place to find heaven on Earth. When the Utes looked up from their valley home at the flickering sun radiating from the tip of Agua Fría (Cold Water) Peak, they labeled the place the “fire of the gods.”

Courtesy Angel Fire Resort/Chris McLennan

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Red River

Small Town USA 

Red River is a picturesque small town with one main street and practically the entire town is on it: shops, restaurants, motels and local businesses — even the ski resort is a short walk from Main Street.

File Photo, Red River snowmobiles

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Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley started as a timber and mining operation

before Swiss-German ski pioneer Ernie Blake began developing the area for ski tourism in the 1950s. His vision brought a demand for homes, lodging and commercial outlets. In the ensuing decades, Taos Ski Valley has become synonymous with steep-and-deep skiing including face shots, moguls, cliffs chutes and cornices, along with miles of groomed slopes. The ski haven, with it’s Swiss alpine vibe, is often described by guests as “downto-earth” and “welcoming.”  There are typically more skiers than snowboarders. And the snow? The high elevation (9,200 feet at the base), combined with New Mexico’s arid climate, yields bone-dry champagne power.

Photos Courtesy Taos Ski Valley

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Arroyo Seco

A Hidden Gem

More than 200 years ago, two farmers – brothers from Rio Arriba County – found themselves searching for fertile land to the east of their home. Cristobal Martinez and Jose Gregorio Martinez searched for days before finding themselves in a rich and vibrant valley where they planted their crops before building a new home in 1806. When Cristobal and Jose Gregorio dug that first hole and dropped in that first seed, the high-desert hamlet of Arroyo Seco was born.

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