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Don’t Snub Shoulder Season

October 30, 2020

Ah November, the one time of year where almost all is quiet in our neck of the woods. During the shoulder season, Angel Fire is taking its month-long hibernation to prepare for the hustle and bustle of the upcoming ski season, where winter reigns supreme. So what’s there to do in November in the Southern Rockies of New Mexico when the resort isn’t open, and half the restaurants in town are closed? At Angel Fire Resort we say, plenty!

During the shoulder season, there’s no better place to socially distance than Angel Fire Resort! We’ve been socially distancing since 1966! It’s almost a well-kept secret that you’ll have the entire place to yourself, so why not bundle up and head out to enjoy the peace and quiet we all seek during this unusual year. 

fall-night-starsShoulder Season Stargaze & Nature Walks

Raise your hand if you’ve seen the milky way. No, we mean really see it stand out as a streak of intense sparkle contrasting the midnight hues above. In Northern New Mexico, the dark skies come to life at night and there’s plenty of meteor showers to plan for. Northern Taurids, an upcoming meteor shower that peaks through the middle of November, is a perfect way to wish on a shooting star, or four or five. Most meteor showers are best seen after midnight. So bundle up, pop some popcorn, get a thermos of hot cocoa and peppermint schnapps and prepare for the show. 

If staying up past the wee hours of the morning isn’t your style and you find yourself waking up with the early birds, then you’ll be sure to encounter more of the “locals”. One of the largest herds of elk in America call the Angel Fire area home, and can often be seen grazing in the fields that surround the base area and even as far as our luxurious RV Resort. If you wake up early enough, you can even hear them bugling to each other! The golf course and the Greenbelt trail system is another surefire location to encounter all of the creatures like cottontail rabbits, mule deer, and various birds that haven’t flown south for the winter. Bring your camera and hope they pose for a picture!

Explore the Enchanted Circle

Angel Fire Resort is your home base for adventure in the Southern Rockies, no matter the season. Whether you’re lodging with us at our luxurious RV Resort, or you bring the whole clan and stay in one of our vacation rentals. With its central location on the famed Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, you can stay with us and plan an entire vacation around sightseeing the local area. Even during the off-season, the Enchanted Circle is one of the most popular self-tours in the area. 

On the route you’ll encounter quaint villages and ski towns like Questa and Red River. Stop in the latter for a stroll down the historic downtown and grab a bite to eat on the river or visit Artesanos de Questa for local art. While in Eagle Nest, you’ll get a great view of Angel Fire from the old western town. Visit the old Laguna Vista Saloon for a libation from a local brewery and a home cooked meal. After a long day on the road exploring Northern New Mexico, settle back into your lodging option at Angel Fire Resort and grab some games from our concierge for a family night in.  

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