I went running on Angel Fire, New Mexico’s Monte Verde Lake Trail for the first time last weekend. Monte Verde Lake is about three miles south of the Village of Angel Fire. From Angel Fire, take highway 434 south and turn right (west) on Lakeview Park Drive, the lake is on the south side of the road.
The setting of the lake is idyllic as it is on the edge of Carson National Forest and has views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The lake’s circumference is one mile long and it is surrounded by trees and country roads that are lined with mountain cabins. The lake draws fishermen, paddle boarders, pedal boaters and people who just want to play in the grassy area. However, swimming in the lake is not permitted.
The lake has two docks and an office where people can get trail maps and any questions they many have about the area answered. It also has a restroom that is open to the public.
The trail begins a little west of the information office, goes through trees and continues along the perimeter of the lake. It is a pleasant setting in which people can connect with nature while not being in a completely remote place. Angel Fire’s elevation is 8,406 feet above sea level, which is 1,437 feet higher than Taos, which resides at 6,969 feet — and I definitely felt the difference in elevation as I was running. If you are adjusting to the elevation, a flat trail like this one is a good place to start.
The atmosphere is laid back and the views are pretty. I recommend Monte Verde Lake and its trail to anyone who gets the chance to go to Angel Fire.
Blogpost and photos by Beth Dobos