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
All destinations and events listed on this website were provided by visitors to our website. If you decide
to fly or drive to any destination listed, you do so at your own risk. Please see our disclaimer.