ANGEL FIRE & TAOS, NM

Physical Exertion: Intermediate+   /   Technical Ability: Intermediate

 

What to expect in Angel Fire: Long rides, big climbs with big descents, and of course the bike park!

 

Angel Fire and Taos sit about 30 minutes apart from each other in northern New Mexico and offer an un-paralleled combination of high-desert and high-alpine riding.  Angel Fire is the main focus of our destination with its world-class bike park, which offers incredibly fun downhill mountain biking served by an “effortless” 2,000 vertical foot lift ride.  Nothing like enjoying the downhill without having to work for the climb!  That being said, the area also offers some of the best high-elevation riding in the region, with 20+ mile classics that take you through aspen and pine forests, wide open meadows and screaming 3,000 foot descents.  Yep, all in one ride.

Angel Fire sits off the beaten path (but still only 3.5 hours from Denver and even closer to Albuquerque), so expect the scene to be quiet and understated… this is truly a place for a full-blown mountain biking experience.  We’ll combine long rides in the high alpine with some fun lift-served downhill on the most fun bike park in the country, which is a perfect recipe for an awesome 4-day trip.  When riding in this area, it isn’t unusual to go a full day without seeing another biker on the trails.  With the combination of Angel Fire at almost 9,000 feet and Taos down at 6500 feet, we’re able run our trips in this area from mid June all the way into mid-October!

 

Note: For 4-day trips, we will plan on spending the third day ripping the downhill bike park at Angel Fire Resort… trust us, it’s as much fun as you can have on two wheels!  (the cost of the downhill bike rental is INCLUDED in the price of the trip)

 

Airport Options:  Albuquerque (2.5 hrs)  –  Denver (4 hrs)

INTERACTIVE ANGEL FIRE TRAIL MAP


WHAT TO EXPECT

Day One:  After the initial meetup with introductions and bike fitting, we’ll hop on the bikes and head straight from town to the “Valley Trails“, an incredible network of trails that serve as the perfect intro to Angel Fire.  Expect some decent climbs, pristine singletrack, and valley views from over 9,000 feet.  We’ll put in about 15 miles and 2,000 vertical today, just enough to whet your whistle for the days to come.

Day Two:  It’s time for the South Boundary Trail, one of the all-time classics anywhere in the Rocky Mountains.  But first, let’s head down to breakfast to fuel up for today’s adventure.  After eating a hearty meal (your choice, of course), we’ll hop in the shuttle and head to the drop-point, which still requires a grunt of a climb.  Expect about 45 minutes of stiff climbing before we top out on the ridge: from here, it’s (almost) all downhill.  The South Boundary Trail is on every must-ride list, and we promise it won’t disappoint.  We’ll experience gigantic aspen forests, endless pine forests, open meadows, and some rocky descents as we near Taos.  This trail has it all, and we’ll descend over 4500 feet while riding about 25 miles.

 

The last few miles drop into Taos, and as we get near our shuttle driver will be waiting (with beer, of course) to pick us up and drive the 30 minutes back to Angel Fire.  A ride like that deserves some R&R, so you can take a nap before we do dinner tonight.

Day Three: We’ll break up the trail riding with a full day at the Angel Fire Bike Park, so make sure you eat a bunch of food and get ready to rock!  Regularly voted one of the best parks in the US, Angel Fire has a bike park that will make even the most picky rider happy.  From flowy bermed runs to a world cup-level DH course, there’s something for everyone.  And because this is Chasing Epic, we’re including the cost of the DH bike rental and the lift ticket with the trip!

 

Day Four:  The Elliott Barker Trail system sits just across the valley from Angel Fire, and it’s the perfect way to end our 4-day trip.  We’ll shuttle to the main TH just north of town, where we begin a steady climb that takes us up to the ridge. From there, we have trail choices galore with everything from wide-open meadows to rocky, rowdy runs used for multiple enduro races during the year.  You’ll be exhausted after a 3-4 hour ride today before you head home!

 

We always try to have things wrapped up by 2:00pm on the last day, and this will be no different: plenty of time to head home and call it an epic weekend of riding!  NOTE: This itinerary is for example only, to give customers an idea of what to expect on a standard Chasing Epic trip.  Mileage and actual trail choices may differ due to riding ability, weather and trail conditions.