Angel Fire New Mexico

Angel Fire NM Community Profile

Angel Fire is situated at an elevation of 8,382 feet in the high sitting Moreno Valley of Colfax County New Mexico. The climate is consistent with the Rocky Mountain setting that includes some of the highest peaks in New Mexico. Around 210 inches of snow typically falls on Angel Fire in the winter season, and average temperatures typically range from between zero and 30 degrees. Summer temperatures rarely get above 80 degrees with typical regular afternoon thunderstorms that cool off midday temperatures even further.

Almost completely surrounded by U.S. National Forest and private ranches, the bounded incorporated Village of Angel Fire covers 18,450 acres. The Village includes the general aviation Colfax County Airport and the Angel Fire Ski & Golf Resort, which is a private membership community overseen by the Association of Angel Fire Property Owners (AAFPO). The Angel Fire Resort has more than a thousand private homes, a 500-acres ski and snowboard mountain, a championship golf course, a country club, a fishing lake, and other amenities available for member-landowners. Non-members can pay to use most resort facilities, but members enjoy discounts on most amenities and services.

A favorite hunting ground for the Utes, the Moreno Valley population expanded in the 1860s with the discovery of gold. Ranching primarily dominated the local area until the 1960s, when the first ski runs of Angel Fire Resort were cut in on Aqua Fria Peak. Tourism primarily fuels the local economy, although there are still several large working ranches that continue to operate in the area.

Angel Fire Population

Estimated Angel Fire 2016: 1,113 year-round; approx 2,000 summer
Source: U.S. Census Bureau (; UNM Bureau of Business & Economic Research; local Realtors

Angel Fire Resort

Angel Fire Taxes

Gross Receipts Tax (Jul-Dec 2018): 7.7708 percent on goods and services
Source: NM Taxation & Revenue
Sports & Recreatiion Tax: 2.4 percent
Source: Village of Angel Fire New Mexico (
Residential Property Tax Rate (2018): 26.260 mills
Source: N.M. Finance & Administration (

Angel Fire Schools

Cimarron Municipal School District; Cimarron Elementary/Middle School; Eagle Nest Elementary/Middle School; Cimarron High School; Moreno Valley High School

Angel Fire Public Recreation Facilities

Hiking/Biking/Snowmobiling: Carson National Forest, 208 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571, (575) 758-6200,; Cimarron State Park, (575) 377-6271; Valle Vidal; popular trails including Sendoro and Bobcat Trails; Elliott Barker Trail Complex; Greenbelt Trails; Oeste Vista; Lake and Lady Slipper Trails.

Fishing: Eagle Nest Lake State Park, 42 Marina Way, Eagle Nest, NM 87718, (575) 377-1594; Cimarron Canyon State Park, 28869 Highway 64, Eagle Nest, NM 87718, (575) 377-6271

Athletics: Angel Fire Sports Complex – soccer, softball, rugby.

Angel Fire Form of Government

Village Council with four members and mayor, four-year, staggered terms:

Angel Fire Public Transportation


Angel Fire Health Services

Moreno Valley Health Care Clinic
11 Elliott Barker Ln # A
Angel Fire, NM 87710
(575) 377-3301

UltiMed Clinic
FA-1 Ski Patrol Building
Angel Fire Ski Resort (open in winter only)
(575) 377-1805

Angel Fire Driving Distances

Taos: 24-miles (41 min)
Red River: 30-miles (38 min)
Taos Ski Valley: 43-miles (1 hr 12 min)
Santa Fe: 92-miles (2 hr 2 min)
Albuquerque: 155-miles (2 hr 54 min)
Denver: 297-miles (4 hr 35 min)
Oklahoma City: 505-miles (7 hr 59 min)
Phoenix: 570-miles (9 hr 8 min)
Dallas: 640-miles (9 hr 48 min)
Houston: 874-miles (13 hr 4 min)