Angel Fire Bike Park is the largest Bike Park in the Rocky Mountains and has been voted Best in the Southwest by MTBparks.com 4 years in a row. It features more than 2,000 vertical feet of runs, 60 miles of lift-served trails, and is suited to mountain bikers of all skill levels. Prices are competitive with other ski resorts we’ve visited with a full day adult pass for $49.
We rode the park on a sunny Friday in June, and were very impressed by the quality and quantity of trails. Most of the trails start at the top of the Chili Express lift, a high speed quad that gets you quickly to the top of the mountain. Once there, riders can choose from entries to a variety of terrain including green (easiest), blue (intermediate), yellow (advanced), and orange (expert only). Each of the levels can be combined into a ride all the way back down the mountain, in most cases in the 5 to 6 mile length with about 2000′ of vertical drop.
The more advanced runs are spiced up with a variety of terrain features, including ramps, drops, and bridges.
The majority of the runs are through pine forests across the peak, but several areas also feature groves of Aspen trees. Even though we were riding on the Friday before a big race event, the lift lines were always short and moved quickly and we very rarely ran across other riders on the trails.
The base area at Angel Fire was a little sparse because of the season. But, featured a well stocked bicycle shop with rentals and gear, and a couple of restaurants including an excellent Mexican place called El Jefe.