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4 Benefits of Stargazing at Angel Fire Resort

September 4, 2023

There’s nothing quite like looking up at the night sky to gain a little perspective. Need a break from the rat race? Stress and worry got you down? It’s time to reconnect with nature by stargazing.

Angel Fire is an ideal spot for stargazing due to its high elevation, low population density, lack of light pollution, and abundance of clear nights.

Are you interested in learning more about the night sky or looking at stars, galaxies, and nebulas through a telescope? Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for stargazing opportunities at the Boat House at Monte Verde Lake on select weekend nights when the moon is dim and the heavens can shine. Amateur astronomer and astrophotographer Mike Hawkins will be on-site to operate the telescope, guide discussions, and answer questions.

In addition to learning about astronomy, you’ll find that stargazing is beneficial for your mind and spirit as well. For indigenous people in New Mexico, the connection to the night skies has always been both spiritual and sacred. Perhaps we can all benefit from that ancient way of thinking. Below are 4 benefits of stargazing at Angel Fire Resort.

1. Stargazing provides a sense of awe and wonder.

There’s nothing quite so humbling as a reminder of how small we really are. Looking up at the thousands of stars that are millions of miles away is a good reminder that we are not the center of the universe. But we are part of something so much bigger than ourselves. It really can put all those cares and troubles we are carrying into perspective. Our ancestors were staring at the same skies conteplating their existence too. This activity connects us in time and space to others who came before and will come after or even those across the globe.

2. Stargazing helps reduce stress levels.

Looking up can help get our minds off our troubles. Contemplating the vastness of the universe is certain to put our problems into perspective and provide a reprieve, however brief, from the stressors of everyday life. Take the time to breathe deeply. Inhale the wonders of nature, and exhale the distraction and busyness that so often consume us. Drop your shoulders and relax as you enjoy the peaceful stillness of the night.

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3. It inspires creativity and imagination.

I find that when I get out in nature, the creative juices often start flowing. Whether you’re a writer, artist, musician, or simply looking for inspiration, watching the night sky can clear the mind to focus. From Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and Shakespeare’s words about star-crossed lovers, the heavens have been inspiring artists for all of human history. Take a notebook when you go stargazing so you can write down all the new ideas that come your way.

4. Stargazing reconnects you with nature.

In our fast-paced world, we are consistently connected to technology, but it’s easy to forget about the natural world around us. Leave your phone back at the Lodge when you stargaze at Angel Fire Resort. You’ll find yourself quickly enveloped in the beauty of your natural surroundings all while leaving the hustle and bustle behind.


Is it time to book that trip to the mountains to get away from it all? There’s nothing like escaping to the Land of Enchantment for some relaxation and recreation. Book your getaway to Angel Fire Resort here. And make sure to add stargazing to your itinerary.

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