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Angel Fire Resort - Skiing Golf within 3 miles of the airport - Angel Fire, NM

If you are here in the Winter, Angel Fire Resort is a medium sized ski resort 2 miles away that will pick you up if you are staying there Angel Fire Resort, at your convenience. There is also the T8 shuttle that can run you around as well. Skiing is both downhill, with 81 trails, high speed lifts, and a terrain park, as well as cross-country skiing - complete with all the rental equipment you could possibly need. In the summer, the same resort has a great 18 hole mountain golf course that is absolutely gorgeous and your drives go really far at this altitude. If golf isn't your thing, there are 60 plus miles of mountain biking trails that has been ranked best in the Southwest by MTB Parks. There is also frisbee golf, hiking, and trout fishing in the area, plus some awesome Ziplining, including one 600 feet off the valley floor. While you are here, there are plenty of local restaurants, but one of my favorites is our local craft brew-pub - Enchanted Circle Brewing. Your outs, if you are coming in and find that the conditions aren't within your envelope, are to Raton, NM just to the East, Taos just to the West, and Santa Fe to the Southwest. All of which have great things to do to waste some time while waiting for conditions to improve. The Angel Fire Airport KAXX can be a challenge if you aren't familiar with mountain flying, but don't be too scared without considering how you may want to try. With good planning, it is doable - as long as you have patience. The field elevation here is 8,380 feet, but what creates the challenge is that the runway is oriented North / South due to the geographical constraints of the valley, but the winds are primarily out of the West, so anticipate a cross-wind landing. Fuel is relatively inexpensive, but don't plan on filling up as your weight will be a consideration when the density altitudes are typically greater-than 9,000 feet, even in the Winter. We have had a number of close-calls and a few crashes over the years, mostly pilot error trying to outclimb terrain with insufficient performance. Because of that, I created a video to help orient pilots with the challenges of the area and to help with your pre-flight planning. You can find that video here: https://youtu.be/AmrAX7tSvvQ - Submitted by Spencer Hamons

Belen - Belen, NM

Friendly airport, only prop shop in the state, other maintenance available. - Submitted by vhusbands

Cutter Aviation FBO - Albuquerque, NM

Cutter Aviation, family owned FBO close to downtown ABQ, open 24/7. Transient hangars, local catering, rental and crew cars, aircraft maintenance on site. Charter aircraft available. Flight School close by. Check out local events with the front desk. Friendly team waiting to welcome you. Come and explore the Duke City. - Submitted by Carol

Dona Ana County at Santa Teresa Airport - Santa Teresa, NM

Santa Teresa, New Mexico boasts a terrific Warbird Museum, called War Eagles Museum. I run the FBO, which is also an outstanding facility, and we'd love to see fly-in folks come out our way. We are the 'reliever airport' for El Paso, Texas - so you could list us for Texas (5 miles) as well. - Submitted by openairnet

Penny's Diner - Vaughn, NM

Penny's Diner call 505-584-8733 and transportation will be provided. More Information here. - Submitted by Curtis S. Smith

Rancho Magdalena B&B - Magdalena, NM

A pilot friendly family of pilots runs a first class B&B at the airport. 3 rooms all with pvt baths, fireplaces. Lots of quiet, animals, cows, horses, chickens, etc. Wonderful FULL breakfast and the use of a truck or car to get to town. - Submitted by leescholes

Route 66 Airport - Santa Rosa, NM

Great airport to visit, near the famous 'blue hole', know to scuba divers all over the country. - Submitted by skyguy

Sparky's BBQ and Expresso - Hatch, NM

No services at airport, however if you call Sparky's, they will come and pick you up. Besides the World Famous Green Chile Hamburger you can get a variety of tasty meals. Sunday after noon often features Blues player/groups. Place opens at 10:30 and is very busy after 11:30. - Submitted by Carl Bogardus

Taos Mesa Brewery - El Prado, NM

Taos Mesa Brewing is a local craft brewery located directly across highway 64 from Taos Regional Airport. The Taos Airport has an FBO with self-service AVGAS and Jet-A, and full-service Jet-A. While the transportation options from the FBO are limited, rental cars are available if you call ahead of time. The brewery is a great place for your passengers to grab some of the best craft brews in New Mexico, and their food menu is very good, with burgers, pulled pork, salads, and numerous vegan options. If you arrive in the evening, there is a good chance you will find live music as well. If you are up for a walk, the walk from the FBO to the brewery is less than one mile. - Submitted by Spencer Hamons

The Bombing Range Cafe - Albuquerque, NM

Very nice cafe with a southwest theme, good food and service. - Submitted by EJ
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