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Hit the road slopes: The ultimate winter trip to Angel Fire, New Mexico

Just because Fort Worth might not have a white Christmas, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on ski season. Use this guide to book a winter trip to Angel Fire, New Mexico.


Don’t miss the only night skiing in New Mexico.

Photo provided by Angel Fire Resort

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Itching to get out of town, Fort Worthians? Skip those pesky airport security lines and jump in your car for a road trip to Angel Fire, New Mexico instead.

From snow-filled days on the mountain to guided fishing charters — we’re spilling all the details on how to have an unforgettable time in the Land of Enchantment.

Essential info

Drive time: ~9.5 hours
Year village was incorporated: 1986
Est. population: 1,200
Average high in December: 39°


Who’s ready to shred?

Photo provided by Angel Fire Resort


Angel Fire Resort
Play all day in the snow with 81 ski and snowboard trails, spots for sledding, tubing, and snowshoeing + New Mexico’s only spot for night skiing. The slopes open Friday, Dec. 15 + kids ages 12 and under ski for free during the first week of the season.

Zipline Angel Fire
Fly 50 stories above the ground in this thrilling adventure. Don’t miss the wind-rushing experience with six different mountain summit ziplines.

Turquoise Trout
Charter a fishing guide for a family expedition around Eagle Next Lake and reel in a good time.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Pay respect to those who served in Vietnam at this tranquil, striking memorial at the Dr. Westphall Chapel.


All the outdoor activity will help you work up an appetite.

Photo provided by Angel Fire Resort


The Bakery & Cafe at Angel Fire
Start your day with a warm, fresh baked good and a hot cup of coffee. Order breakfast all day or curb your hunger with a guacamole burger with onion rings.

Enchanted Circle Brewing Company
Fuel up after a long day outside with a basket of wings or beer cheese nachos and a pint of local brew — with a view of the slopes.

Mikuna Grill
Get a little taste of Peru in New Mexico with family recipes including ceviche, arroz con mariscos (rice with seafood), and aji de Gallina (Peruvian chicken stew).

Elements at the Country Club
Plan a swanky night out with a selection of steaks, seafood, and upscale drinks on the mountain-side patio. Opens Friday, Dec. 15 for the ski season.

Angel Fired Pizza
Grab a slice of the New Mexican or T-Rex specialty pizza with a thin, wood-fired crust.


Rent this cozy cabin for a family trip to the mountains.

Photo courtesy of Vrbo.


The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort
Skip the hassle and opt for convenience with easy access to dining, shopping, ski rentals, and the slopes. Plus, vacation in luxury with an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, and pet-friendly accommodations.

The Retreat at Angel Fire
Book a family-operated cabin nestled in the pines just a stone’s throw away from the ski lifts.

Cozy condo
Walk into town from this convenient condo that sleeps six with a wood fireplace and picnic area.

Secluded mountain cabin
Enjoy a relaxing retreat for nine in this cozy cabin tucked under the ponderosa pines, just two miles from the Angel Fire Resort.

Wait a minute, Fort Worthians. Before you head out the door, find the cheapest places to fill up your gas tank + bookmark this guide so you have no trouble finding all of our recommendations while visiting Angel Fire.

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