August 20, 2014

Hiking

Angel Fire is blessed to have Carson National Forest bordering it on the West and The Cimarron Canyon Area to the Northeast. Each area grants us hiking trails with varying vegetation and views. This area has a number of easy treks for flatlanders, kids and anyone who just wants to get out among the beauty.

There are numerous trails, here are three to whet your appetite.

Clear Creek Trail

Clear Creek Trail in Cimarron Canyon is excellent for the beginner. You will hike by numerous small waterfalls.

Elliot Barker Trail

Elliot Barker Trail is an intermediate hike with incredible views of the Moreno Valley, Baldy Mountain, Eagle Nest Lake and the Wheeler Wilderness. The end of the trail opens into a large meadow where you’ll feel on top of the world.

Wheeler Peak

Wheeler Peak, the tallest peak in New Mexico at 13,161 feet, towers majestically over the Moreno Valley. Climbing this earns you bragging rights. Wheeler Peak Wilderness is in the Carson National Forest. The Questa Ranger District office can provide information and maps of the area.

Write or call: Questa Ranger District, P.O. Box 110, Questa, NM 87556, Phone, 505-586-0520.

For the less adventurous, you can ride the Chile Express to the top of the ski mountain and hike one of their designated trails back down through fields of wildflowers.

Please Remember

  • Layers of clothing are recommended for any hike
  • Afternoon rain showers are common in the summer

Victory Ranch Alpacas

505-387-2254 (Phone)
505-387-9005 (Fax)

Enjoy hugging and feeding loveable Alpacas on 1100 spectacular acres. Gift shop and educational center. Open Thursday – Monday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday groups only. One mile north of Mora on Hwy 434.