Autumn has arrived in her usual fashion of flashy golds, fading greens and glistening oranges and reds. Angel Fire Resort, located on the famed Enchanted Circle, is the perfect place to view Fall colors. Capture the essence of America’s favorite season by taking a day to explore gorgeous Moreno Valley by taking the Enchanted Circle Fall Drive.
While cruising on the network of highways and scenic byways that make up the Enchanted Circle, you’ll experience the best of New Mexico’s high country. Although the 85-mile loop can be completed in a couple hours, the point of taking a scenic drive is to stop and take in the view. If you plan to hit the road early in the morning, you’ll likely encounter morning fog that will add a dramatic flair to your photos. The golden aspens that are known to stop tourists and locals in their tracks are sprinkled throughout the Enchanted Circle, but a stop at Angel Fire Resort guarantees foliage views unlike any other. Take a Scenic Chairlift Ride to the summit and enjoy the autumnal goodness from 10,677 ft. The deck at the Summit Haus makes the perfect location for family photos, an engagement photoshoot or even a COVID-friendly wedding ceremony.
Much of the local wildlife, including massive herds of elk and deer along with eagles and wild turkeys, can be seen throughout the Enchanted Circle. Angel Fire has many wide open valleys full of photogenic wildlife. One great location is the Valley of the Utes, just south of the village, turning left on Cabillo Ln right off of HWY 434. Or follow the Circle and stay on HWY 64 between Angel Fire and Eagle Nest.
Pack a Picnic
The Enchanted Circle is home to quaint villages and bustling ski towns. We suggest starting the Fall Drive in Angel Fire, but don’t hit the road on an empty stomach. Stock up on some snacks from the General Store here at the RV Resort, or get takeout from any of our local eateries. Treat yourself to Taco Tuesday at El Jefe!
With a little picnic packed, stop by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the first memorial built to honor the Vietnam Veterans. Not only is this hallowed ground a peaceful place to reflect and educate, but the views from the Visitors Center capture the pure beauty of fall in Moreno Valley. Another enchanting spot to stop for a picnic and take in the scenery is the Elliot Barker trail, right at the entrance of Taos Canyon closeby the RV Resort. During the fall, the trail is very popular with hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers alike.
Stay & Play
Circling Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, the Enchanted Circle Fall Drive will take you through Angel Fire, Taos, Eagle Nest, Red River and Questa. While enjoying the Enchanted Circle Fall Drive, plan some time to stop in Angel Fire and watch the changing autumn landscapes. During the fall foliage peak, approximately Sept. 25 – Oct. 10, a round of golf is particularly special. Tee times a plenty and a wealth of newer golf carts to choose from. Not to mention having one of the top courses in New Mexico all to yourself. One could say September in Angel Fire is the perfect fall getaway.
If experiencing the adrenaline rush of a lift-served downhill bike park is more your speed, fall at Angel Fire Bike Park is a bucket-list destination. Fall is our favorite time of year for a crisp, morning ride through golden glades, kicking up leaves! Come experience our 2,000+ vertical feet, 60+ miles of purpose-built, lift-served terrain featuring the best skinnies, jump lines, manicured flow and super chunk trails the United States has to offer.