Angel Fire Ski Area - TRAIL

Angel Fire Ski Area - Trail, Angel Fire, Mexico

Seven (7) highly groomed, excellent downhill and mountain-traversing trails. Some very vertical. More advanced trails have large and loose rocks. Excellent trail maps available at the base rate each trail in terms of mileage and difficulty. Well-patrolled. Beathtaking views. Good brakes required. Soft tails recommended. Open June 24 each year until October 1 or first major snow.

User Reviews (12)

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Traci Koesis   Cross Country Rider [Oct 05, 2013]

This place rocks! I have ridden many bike parks across the country and this is the top of my list, besides Whistler of course. These guys that they hired to do the trails are amazing. I have never seen or even heard of trails being built at the pace that Angel Fire is building. Every time I go back there is either a new trail, or an old trail that has been redone, and I go every weekend, so there is definitely something to be said here. The description is totally bogus, there are over 60 miles of trail to be had here with about 24 different trail options to choose from. You cannot ride this place in one day, you have to have at least 2 just to learn the trail system and then it takes you another day to figure out how you want to link up different trails to how you see fit. This place is definitely a destination for anyone who likes to take the chair up and gravity ride down. I would recommend at least a 6-in bike to have fun, as most bike parks (Even the most famous "Whistler) innately have more speed designed into the trails and are more fun on gravity oriented bikes. Their rental/lessons shop is top notch as well as the bike patrol, just incase you rode outside of your limits.

Customer Service

Combi, Sierra, Ziggy are the easiest trails on the mountain and are great warm-up runs. Boulder Dash, Chutes & Ladders, Angel's Plunge and Lower Boogie are their signature series intermediate flow trails. If you are more than an intermediate rider and are looking for something a bit more challenging, Supreme DH, FO SHO, Chillin, World Cup, Upper Boogie and Candy Land are sure to get your rocks off. There are also a gamut of natural trails that are super fun like: Diesel, Lemonade, Lazy Susan and Duke/Duchess to name a few.

Similar Products Used: If you like to pedal, don't forget about their uphill trail "Enlightenment" that doesn't cost a dime that gives you access to the bike park. There are also a gamut of off-mtn opportunities like the South Boundary trail and Northside at Taos Ski valley that are all pedal access with beautiful amazing scenery.
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5
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2
Cog   Racer [Jun 25, 2013]

Super lame if you like getting in "real" XC miles. Go somewhere else unless you plan to pedal your bike as little as possible. Angle Fire use to have some great XC loops. Now they all seem to be confined to the Ski Area. LAME!

Customer Service

South Boundary Trail to Taos.

Similar Products Used: South Boundary to Taos.
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1
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1
Strider   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2011]

I used to hate riding here a few years back, but now I love it. They have really done a great job in adding new trails. The trails are well maintained with plenty of fun stuff added in, jumps, wood bridges, berms, rock gardens, etc. They have plenty of extreme downhill, CRAZY stuff. I don't ride the chair lift or do the extreme downhill. I ride up the greens and they have a new climbing only trail that will give you a damn heart attack to climb. 1000 feet in 1 mile. Total climb to top of mountain is 2200 and takes about 2 hours. I will give this a 5 for aerobic if you bike up the hill and a 5 for technical if you go down a black. It could be a 1 for aerobic if you take the lift up and a 1 technical if you come down a green.

Customer Service

Climb any of the greens and go down the blues. I like going up Combi and come down Duke.

Similar Products Used: Eliot Barker, Lost Lake, South Boundary
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5
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5
bruisesrus   Racer [Aug 11, 2011]

Angel Fire Bike Park is doing a fantastic job putting itself on the map for downhill parks. My 18 year old son is the downhiller in the family and should be writing this review. Angel Fire has hired an excellent trail crew that is doing a fantastic job adding trails that appeal to the hardcore and the non hardcore downhillers. Boulder Dash is an example of a trail that seems to have come right out of the Whistler, CA playbook. There is a nice diversity of tight technical rock strewn singletrack, berms and jumps, some wood structures, and easy green beginner tracks with some simple jumps and features. The black/ expert runs are some of the most challenging downhill runs anywhere.

Here are the things that we love about the Angel Fire bike park. 1. 10 hour drive from Dallas, TX. 2. Trail variety 3. Obvious efforts to make this a premier bike park. 4. $22 lift ticket 5. Super nice people and sufficient gear in the Angel Fire Resort bike shop and working the lifts 6. Very reasonably priced accomodations. 7. South Boundary Trail is very close 8. Beautiful summer time weather. 8. 2000 foot elevation serviced by one high speed quad chair lift 9. No lift lines but enough riders to hang with 10. Long riding season from April until late September or October.

Here are the things we would like to see to keep us always coming back:
1. More trails like Boulder Dash, Ziggy, Supreme DH, Lower Boogie, and World Cup DH. 2. Later, longer hours on the chairlift, with maybe a half day option.

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5
VALUE
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3
striderathome   Cross Country Rider [Nov 16, 2008]

This trail rocks!! I always do the cross country trail. I like the uphill part as much as the downhill. Cardio is exhausting and a 3 mile climb. Very technical in the El Mapais lava rocks. Downhill is a blast. Very tight turns. Runs very nice. The world cup downhill course is a 10/10 technical descent from hell. I bike alot and can not get down this course without carrying my bike in several areas. Much harder than South Boundary or Moab trails.

Customer Service

Only one route. Goes by the bunny hill. Climb up. Make sure you climb into the El Mapais rocks. Several options on the downhill. I like the xc course. Black downhill trails are extremely difficult.

Similar Products Used: Lost Lake in Red River, South Boundary, and Elliot Barker.
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5
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4
dookpants   Downhiller [Oct 07, 2003]

So damn sporty. Trails for any type dh rider. Expert course is rock filled and challenging. Long high speed runs as well.

Customer Service

Dont know route number but during race it was called Beta course (whatever that means?)

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5
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4
phlbbbbbbbbbbt   Cross Country Rider [Aug 27, 2003]

We were up in the are to ride EBT and SBT, and decided to stop by the A.F. Ski Area for a ride before leaving. We were a little apprehensive, because all we could picture was a bunch of overweight flatlanders on rented hardtails trying to emulate a mountain dew commercial.....definately was NOT the case here. Angel Fire is legit, the XC course rocks, and judging by the number of downhill rigs at the base, it gets some seriosu action. I would not consider this a destination place, but good to get a ride in either beofre or after EBT or SBT.

Customer Service

XC course from top to bottom will not cost you a nickel. Using the lifts seemd a little outrageously priced, and besides the mountain climb isn't pretty simple, so why spend the bucks and skip the climb? 4 and 5 and 9 looked pretty fun. XC to 4 wil get you to the top...just grab a map in the ticket shop...they are free!

Similar Products Used: EBT, SBT
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4
VALUE
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4
Brad the Okie   [May 16, 2000]

If you like lots of quality downhill with incredible views, this is just the ticket. For a good cross-slice of what the area has to offer, begin your day with the intermediate-rated Trail 7. It goes in and out of trees, then bombs straight down one of the ski runs and has lots of dips and jumps. 7 also crosses many of the other trails where you can judge just how brave you are.

If you have a super-nice and really new bike, you might want to consider renting one from the Angel Fire bike shop near the base of the ski lift. The trails can be pretty rough on rims and the rocks can completely hose a frame if you lose it.

Overall, the trails offer challenges to the most advanced downhillers and can be ridden more cautiously by the tamer souls. You will ride the lift multiple times in the same day so consider a full day pass.

IMOHO, none of the trails are appropriate for really young kids - although I see them sometimes - usually with a frantic parent screaming "wait."

The only beginner run down shares a 2 lane dirt road with automobile traffic. There is lots of construction on this road. So, if you take your kids and go that way, the adults should take the lead and the tail with the kids in the middle. Watch for heavy equipment using the road and watch your speed.

ADVISORIES: (A) Make sure your brakes are in top shape. You're doing 20-25 in a split second and it is LONG and STEEP walk to the bottom. (B) Bring an outer layer you can shed and store it in your camel back. Morning temps in July at the summit can be in the 30's. (C) Watch hard turns at or near the ends of downhill straight-aways loose rocks. (D) Always look uphill at a trail merger for someone on a dive-bombing run. (E) Put a cell phone in your camel back and use it if you get into trouble - write the Angel Fire Resort main number down and keep it with you. (F) Have a spare tube and a good pump. (G) Slime your tubes. (H) The area can be fairly populated with high-speed riders on intersecting trails, so stereo headphones and audio devices (i.e MP3 players, etc.) are ill-advised. (I) Check your clipless pedal bindings to ensure they are set appropriately to handle lots of banging around without releasing.

Customer Service

Same as above

Similar Products Used: Red River Ski Area - not even close to Angel Fire's level of grooming, but not too bad - rockier.
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4
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Walt Wehner   [Jun 20, 2000]

Just finished getting DQ'd and mechanicalled out of this year's Chile Challenge, but I had a great time. The trails at Angel fire have just the right mix of speed and steeps, and they haven't made the usual ski area mistake of keeping them too tame. This is certainly not as gnarly as the previous poster seemed to think - the most technical stuff tends to be steep, off camber brake bump sections. I rode a hardtail with less than an inch of travel in the front and had a great time. Go ride it! Good stuff!

Customer Service

All the trails are excellent, though you may want to consult a map/local about which have steeps and which don't. There's some fairly technical descending to be found if you look carefully.

Similar Products Used: S. Boundary Trail and others in Taos are great.
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4
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  [May 31, 2002]

watch out for the trail markers, they are #4 rebar covered with a length pvc pipe, VERY DANGEROUS. I don't know what the people who run the place are thinking.

Customer Service

cross country trail.

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5
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