There are so many ways to see and experience our family-friendly, four-season Alpine playground. You can get airborne on your mountain bike. You can do a flyover courtesy of our ziplines. You can even take a boat out on Monte Verde Lake.
But you can also explore our corner of the Southern Rockies on foot. One of the most rewarding pastimes you can enjoy at Angel Fire Resort is walking the 30-plus miles of splendid hiking trails that criss-cross the Moreno Valley.
Taking a few hours or a whole day to explore the trails surrounding Angel Fire Resort carries countless benefits. Studies have shown that hiking is more than an excellent way to improve your physical health and stamina — it can also help relieve stress and anxiety. And who doesn’t like to combine their recreation with a bit of rejuvenation?
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or it’s your first time on a trail, Angel Fire Resort is the perfect place to develop a love for adventuring through the wilderness.
Meet the Greenbelt
Nestled right alongside the Resort sits the Greenbelt. This interconnected, free-to-use trail system is home to a broad array of plants, plenty of wildlife, and a selection of vistas that will remind you that beauty is pretty much everywhere you look around Angel Fire.
One of the best reasons to visit Angel Fire Resort is to take advantage of the Greenbelt and everything it has to offer seasoned and novice hikers alike. If you’re looking to make the most of your trip to Angel Fire Resort, here are some of the best hiking experiences to be had if you follow the Greenbelt’s many paths.
Want to get out into nature without overexerting yourself? Check out the Solar Loop Trail. Although just a third of a mile long, the Solar Loop trail still provides plenty of the world-famous views for which New Mexico is known.
Beginning at a selection of impressive solar panels, the Solar Loop Trail extends into the woods and runs alongside a babbling stream and scores of wildflowers. Hikers who find themselves with energy to spare at the end of their hike can easily connect to longer, more challenging trails.
The Solar Loop is the perfect way to get going for a big day in the wilderness or walk off a delicious meal at one of the Resort’s restaurants.
The Perfect Family Experience
If there’s one fundamental truth about parenthood, it’s that kids are unpredictable. Vacationing families sometimes find themselves adjusting their plans on a dime based on their children’s needs and wants. The Deer, Coyote, and Lynx Trail system seems designed with that idea in mind.
Walking this portion of the Greenbelt, you can take everything from a quarter-mile jaunt to a 5-mile expedition. The only determining factors are your energy level and your party’s mood.
For the Birdwatcher in Your Family
You don’t have to be a zoologist to know that spotting the local wildlife is one of the best parts of any good hike through the wilderness. Every year countless avian enthusiasts flock to Angel Fire Resort to try their hand at identifying one of the several species of birds that call our section of New Mexico home. If that sounds like your cup of tea, make Monte Verde Lake Loop a must-see while you’re visiting.
This leisurely 1-mile trail surrounds beautiful Monte Verde Lake, home to all varieties of ducks, geese, and other waterfowl. As you make your way around the water, you can spot our feathered friends flitting from tree branch to tree branch. It’s a bird-lovers paradise!
Soak up the Scenery
Moderately skilled hikers looking to get a first-hand glimpse of New Mexico’s natural splendor should check out the famed Oeste Vista Loop. Two-and-a-half miles of magnificent forest scenery await those who trek this gorgeous trail.
Oeste Vista Loop shades hikers for long stretches, only to give way to jaw-dropping vistas of the surrounding countryside. Children and adults alike will enjoy this friendly (if moderately steep) journey through some of the area’s most stunning landscapes. And don’t be surprised if you encounter some elk along the way!
Take, for instance, the Elliot Barker Trail. This 5-and-a-half-mile journey takes you through fields of colorful wildflowers, ultimately rising more than one thousand feet into the sky. Best of all, the loop is so well constructed that hikers can shorten or extend their journey at multiple points in their trip.
Seeking Solace in the Great Outdoors
Summer at Angel Fire Resort is a celebratory season full of sunshine, music, and memory-making. Sometimes, however, travelers want to take it easier than easy by enjoying a few hours of solitude.
When that time arrives, head to Lady Slipper Trail. This lightly-trafficked hiking trail runs 2.3 miles through heavily wooded land. Even the least experienced and most introverted hiker will be able to traverse this welcoming path and rekindle their love of the Great Outdoors.
Your Next Big Adventure Is Waiting in the Southern Rockies
We’ve listed just a handful of the stunning hiking trails surrounding Angel Fire Resort. There’s so much more to explore. So start planning your adventure vacation today!