Mountain Biking the Sangre de Cristos
Jun 06, 2014 03:34PM
● By Stacy
Angel Fire Bike Park, nestled in a small alpine community in northern New Mexico, has quickly become the premier mountain biking destination in the Southwest. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains surround Angel Fire with spectacular vistas, a mild summer climate and a diversity of terrain to provide top-notch biking. Boasting the longest season in the Southern Rockies, Angel Fire Bike Park is open May through October and offers chairlift-accessed terrain for downhill and cross-country mountain bike riding. Collective features of the bike park include riding clinics, bike rentals and repairs, guided tours, skills parks, freestyle features, special events and bike-friendly slopeside lodging.
Built just a handful of years ago, this popular bike park has quickly gained traction as one of the best in the nation. Recently awarded #1 Bike Park in the Southwest by readers of MTBParks.com and one of the top parks in North America by Liftopia.com, Angel Fire continues to solidify its reputation as one of the largest world-class mountain biking destinations in the country. Ranging from smooth and flowy single-tracks to teeth-jarring rock drops, the variety of terrain on the over 60 miles of trail options is virtually endless.
Along with the revamped terrain, the resort is offering great deals on passes and lodging packages - creating an affordable mountain biking destination for riders and families. The Stay & Ride Package, starts at just $79 (per person/per night, based on double occupancy), and includes a stay in the slopeside Lodge and a single-day lift pass per person – saving guests up to 26% off retail prices. Daily tickets start at just $33 (day dependent) and the Summer Gravity Season Pass is only $259, allowing riders unlimited lift access throughout the 2014 summer season – which is paid off in just 8 days of riding! For those looking to camp, camping is allowed this summer in a designated lot for just $10 per vehicle, per night.
The Angel Fire Bike Shop, which opens an hour before the chairlift starts, is a full-service bike shop for all of you needs, including full gear rental, lessons, clinics and apparel. This season they are offering more for families and younger riders who have never mountain biked - including smaller-sized rental bikes, a new summit area skill center, bike clinics and multi-day camps. The rental fleet and demo program boast the best bikes from the top bike companies.
As the site of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, NORBA Nationals, USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, Red Bull Dreamline and part of the PRO GRT calendar, Angel Fire Bike Park continues to cement its reputation among expert riders with a series of races and events. This summer’s calendar ranges from USA Cycling’s Gravity Nationals, to the NM Enduro Cup, to the Gravity Games & Brewfest over Labor Day Weekend.
In addition to the expansive trail network in Angel Fire Bike Park, there are an abundance of great trails in the Village of Angel Fire and surrounding Kit Carson National Forest, providing even more reason for fat tire enthusiasts to plan extended stays in Angel Fire and experience all the area offers. Ultimately, it’s all about the pure mountain biking experience in a friendly small town setting, without any unnecessary hype.
Visit angelfirebikepark.com to check on the chairlift schedule, prices, specials and events to see why this rapidly growing bike park is such a rider’s favorite!