Opening Day: May 19, 2016 - Closing Day: October 16, 2016
2016 OPERATING HOURS SPRING SEASON HOURS (May 19 - May 22)
Thursday through Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. REGULAR SEASON HOURS (May 26 - August 21)
Open Daily: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. LATE SEASON HOURS (August 25 - September 5)
Thursday through Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. FALL SEASON HOURS (September 9 - October 16)
Friday through Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2016 TICKET PRICES
Full Day: Adult $44 | Youth $34 | Senior $34
Biker Two-Ride (Two laps via chairlift): $29
Multi-Day Rate (3-day): $119 2016 SEASON PASS PRICES
Adult Pass: $299
2016 MTBPARKS PASS MEMBER BENEFITS
• One FREE lift ticket
• 50% off return visits all season
Angel Fire Bike Park Overview
Angel Fire Bike Park: Voted Best Bike Park in the Southwest 2013, 2014 and 2015 MTBparks Riders' Choice Awards. Forget the images of arid desert the state name conjures; Angel Fire Bike Park is a forested gem featuring a variety of soil and weather including a monsoon season that allows builders to do amazing things with the dirt. This three-time “Best of the Southwest” has a summit elevation of nearly 11,000 feet just below a dormant volcano, offering a truly unique riding destination in Northern New Mexico. Trails range from North Shore-inspired skinnies to massive jump lines, manicured flow and boulderiffic World Cup-esque superchunk.
Angel Fire Bike Park, looking to cement its reputation as one of the best downhill mountain biking destinations in the Rockies, continues to grow in both size and reputation the each year. In 2016 the Angel Fire Bike Park will offer more new and improved downhill and cross-country trails for riders of all abilities, on one of the largest networks of lift-served mountain bike trails in North America.
“Our bike park has been solely developed and built by a team of actual riders. The goal has always been to create the most authentic trails that riders will be excited about,” explains Hogan Koesis, bike park director, Angel Fire Resort. “The equal mix of manmade versus natural trails on our mountain is what most people who come to check us out, compliment us on. We strive to give all riders a great experience, which we’ve worked hard in the off-season to create.”
WHAT'S NEW AT ANGEL FIRE BIKE PARK
This summer Angel Fire Bike Park is adding 10 more bike carriers to its massive 2-mile long lift. The park is also purchasing a saw-mill to add even more wood features. The trail crew is also purchasing some specialty grading attachments to our excavators for even better trailbuilding. And for the first year, every trail crew member will have their own excavator for 6 months. "We are extremely excited about this upgrade as it will allow us to build and repair trails faster than anyone in the U.S.," says Hogan Koesis, bike park director at Angel Fire. The trail crew also plans to finish the park's easiest blue trail, Devinci's Code.
Angel Fire will also begin the process of becoming an IMBA ride center and a corporate member, helping to solidify the next step of the bike park's offerings beyond the chairlift, including amazing singletrack trails and long beautiful high forest and alpine rides. "The next step for us besides making an amazing bike park even better is to offer amazing trails for all abilities and interests in regards to mountain biking," says Koesis.
Also new for 2016 is a learn to ride program that will utilize a new surface lift especially for teaching base terrain. A two-hour session will be offered for $49, including a lift ticket, body armor, bike and an instructor. Ultimately, the resort hopes this new entry level terrain based learning will enhance and increase the amount of people getting into the sport of downhill mountain biking.
2016 ANGEL FIRE EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
OPENING WEEKEND BASH | May 19 - 22
Join the Angel Fire crew for an early start to the 2016 bike season.
ANGEL FIRE DEMO DAZE | May 28 - 29
Join us at Demo Daze, presented by Angel Fire Bike Park, for the only Summer bike demo in the southwest. Whether you ride DH, XC, Enduro or a mix of mountain bike terrain, Angel Fire Bike Park is bringing together bike vendors from near and far for you to test ride to your heart’s content.
FIRE 5 RACE SERIES | May 29, July 16, Aug. 13, Sept. 4, Oct. 8 Angel Fire Bike Park’s Fire 5 is the premier downhill race series in the Rocky Mountains. A series of five unique downhill races held at Angel Fire Bike Park throughout the bike season
SCOTT ENDURO CUP | June 11 - 12
The SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria is expanding the series to four stops in 2016 by adding our very own Angel Fire, NM, to the 2016 schedule.
CHILE CHALLENGE PRO GRT AND PRO XCT |June 23 - 26
The Chile Challenge returns bigger and better than ever with both the Pro GRT and Pro XCT national mountain bike racing tours stopping at Angel Fire Bike Park.
6TH ANNUAL GRAVITY GAMES |September 2 - 5
With Bike Jousting, an enduro-scavenger hunt and an awesome raffle giveaway, it's sure to not disappoint.
CLOSING WEEKEND | October 15 - 16 (weather permitting)
Come out and finish off another amazing season of mountain biking with one last shredfest!
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Angel Fire Bike Park offers over 50 miles of downhill and cross-country mountain bike trails, plus a cool pump track located at the base of the chair lift and a new drop zone skills park area. Known for serious downhill mtb terrain, Angel Fire just completed an extensive expansion plan during the past few years, which included an assortment of new trails. The bike park's primary focus was on building more sweet berms, smooth flowy sections, technical gnar, and tons of jumps. Angel Fire Bike Park now caters to every level of rider, offering everthing from beginner rolls to monster hucks and tons of features for the most advanced downhill riders.
This trail is the epitome of flow and fun for all. Even though it’s a green, it offers rollers and corners that can be doubled up by advanced riders, truly offering up something for everyone. This trail is as fast as you can make it, but an easy cruiser for most.
Angel Fire Bike Park is home to a world-class Dual Slalom track, complete with sculpted berms, jumps and rollers. This zone is able to be negotiated from an intermediate perspective, but charging the course with speed will provide a challenge for advanced riders—the reason this trail has been identified as a Skill Zone.
Drops—one of the most crucial, yet often most intimidating, features for mountain bikers to master as they advance their skillset. The Drop Zone at the Angel Fire Bike Park offers a chance to master the art with progression in an expertly designed Skill Zone
Easy Street is the easiest way down the mountain at Angel Fire Bike Park. This trail is almost seven miles long and has fun banked turns, mellow rollers and some of the best views of the Wheeler Mountain Range in the bike park. If you're new to downhill mountain biking, this should be your go-to trail to get a feel for the flow and the mountain, as it offers up a very low risk to reward ratio, making it a great introduction that's fun for everyone.
Last Call is your last chance to finish a run through the Angel Fire Bike Park with style. Located at the base of the mountain this short trail is an alterante black finish that egresses off of Easy Street below Boulder Dash. This trail is super flowy and has tons of fun built into it. Sizeable tabletops, step-ups, hip transfers, a wooden drop and some amazing shrediliscous berms make Last Call good to the last drop...and berm, and jump, and...you get the idea.
The Enlightenment trail is the only uphill access to the Angel Fire Bike Park for those who want to earn their turns. While a lift ticket is not required, you must go to the Angel Fire Bike Shop and sign a waiver—then you are free to suffer, we mean pedal, as much as you'd like! This 2.5 mile climb is steep enough to remind you which direction you're going, but is totally doable by most riders on a modern enduro/all-mountain bike.
This trail is an easy cruiser. Mostly comprised of double track, it branches off of and reconnects to Easy Street and offers one of the easiest ways down the mountain in the Angel Fire Bike Park. The mellow cruise is punctuated by the occasional berm, roller and optional side features for novice riders to experiment and play on, but with minimum consequence. This is a great introduction to the mountain and gravity fed flow for those new to downhill mountain biking.
One of the most notorious runs at Angel Fire Bike Park, Candyland is a short but high-amplitude jump line with showboat features like a massive 20-foot hip, a series of 40-plus foot tabletops and a log sender.
Often part of the downhill races held at Angel Fire Bike Park such as the Pro GRT, Pepper Spray is very similar to Upper Boogie but slightly lower angel. This section of the track is best pumped, rolled and popped through and over obstacles to maintain your momentum.
Hold on because it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Largely considered by many racers to be one of the most demanding downhill tracks in North America—and certainly of the highlights of the Angel Fire Bike Park—this steep, technical and extremely rocky and rooty gauntlet demands the utmost attention of even seasoned riders. If you like it rough, than this is the track for you.
Lemonade is a high-speed blasting ribbon of singletrack. One of the purest strips of dirt in the Angel Fire Bike Park, this trail will remind you of an epic backcountry descent, carving and ripping through the woods and fields of Northern New Mexico. While not a built bike park trail with sculpted featuers, there's plenty of opportunity to use the terrain and momentum to your advantage here, popping off natural rises and rollers, railing corners and smiling the entire time.
Do you want berms? Do you want jumps? Do you want drops? Do you want all of these on the same trail? Well, you have it! Lower Boogie is a fast, flowing contrast to Upper Boogie's tech-gnar, and one of the most fun high-speed rippers in the Angel Fire Bike Park. You drop in and immediately start your pinball experience, arcing turns and carving from berm to berm with the occasional tabletop and an optional drop, you will be grinning from ear to ear. This trail is the perfect way to finish off your downhill adventure, delivering you back to the base area for another lap.
Lift-served biking can be fun for anyone, but many are unfamiliar with some of the obstacles—and skills needed to negotiate them—found in a downhill bike park. Angel Fire Bike Park's Base Skills Park is a great place to learn how to jump, balance on skinnies, ride rock gardens and pump in a pump-track in a controlled and safe environment.
You will be surfing contour lines for more than 4 miles on one of Angel Fire Bike Park's best beginner friendly singletracks. Sierra trail provides plenty of fun and flow to introduce the novice rider to the thrill of singletrack and downhill mountain biking with awesome views and controlled elevation loss and gain for a safe and memorable way to sample what the mountain has to offer.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – The Angel Fire Bike Park Trail Crew is out on the mountain every day, working with a variety of hand tools and heavy machinery to build the Best of the Southwest. Episode Two of Angel Fire's five-part series, Elements of a Trail Crew, dives into the relationship the crew has with the machines that allow them sculpt and move earth on a level that would be otherwise impossible, and one of their favorite elements: metal.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – As soon as the snow starts melting, the Angel Fire Bike Park trail crew is out on the mountain getting the trails ready for summer. But what does it actually take to open the bike park? Episode One of the five-part series, Elements of a Trail Crew, dives into the struggle the crew faces against its most volatile element, water.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – Angel Fire Bike Park, the three-time rider-voted "Best in the Southwest," rolled out the brown carpet last Thursday for 2016's official season opener. A few inches of unexpected snow the day before meant tacky hero-dirt conditions as the skies cleared and the sun came out for the remainder of the weekend with more than 75 percent of trails open and in prime condition.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – Downhill mountain biking kicks off Thursday, May 19*, for the Best of the Southwest when Angel Fire Bike Park fires up the lift for 2016 summer operations. Angel Fire boasts a summit elevation of nearly 11,000 feet just below a dormant volcano, offering a truly unique riding destination in Northern New Mexico.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – Angel Fire Bike Park has announced a new downhill race series for the 2016 season. 'Fire 5' will consist of—you guesssed it—five races over the course of the summer. Full details below. Angel Fire Bike Park opens May 12.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – Opening dates are coming up fast across the continent, but perhaps nowhere marks the return of summer for riders across the Southwest like Angel Fire's opening weekend. Scheduled for Thursday, May 19, the "Best of the Southwest" can count on seeing us in the lift line, and this update from Angel Fire Bike Park Director Hogan Koesis has hoping the next two months fly by.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – With no fanfare, the mooring lines from my life in Texas were released and I set sail with my truck, my bike, an MTBparks Pass and not much else. A mountain bike tour of the Rockies was my broadcast message to everyone. Lessons in self-discipline and camping were to come. The highways served as canals to my target destinations. It was time to go off the edge of my personal map.
ANGEL FIRE, NM –When Ross McDonald isn't busy chasing races for MTB Mania, he takes every opportunity ride his own bike. So when he embarked on a cross-country road trip from New Mexico to Massachusetts in his "down" time, he picked up an MTBparks Pass to ride free at bike parks along the way. His first stop, Angel Fire Bike Park, stop was voted two-time Best of the Southwest in the Best Bike Parks Riders' Choice Awards.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – Angel Fire Bike Park has released the full schedule for the 2015 Gravity Games. On September 4, the 7th Annual Gravity Games will kick off with a free showing of unReal, and feature three days of races and contests including a chainless race, whip-off, photo scavenger hunt, long jump, bike jousting and more. Oh yeah, it also happens to coincide with the Bikes, Blues and Brews festival. Full details below.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – The New Mexico Enduro Cup heads to Angel Fire Bike Park August 16 for the final race of the season. This State Championship event will determine which riders will reign as 2015's NM State Champions. Five timed stages will descend more than 10,000 feet of Angel Fire's finest trails and over $4,000 in cash and prices will be up for grabs.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – The historic Chile Challenge returned to Angel Fire Bike Park this year, this time as the third stop of the Pro GRT. More than 200 racers made the pilgrimage to the small town in Northern New Mexico last month, and when the dust settled on the classic World Cup track, our freinds at MTB Mania had captured the action. We got a sneak peak earlier, but the full episode is finally ready. So sit back, relax, open a cold one and press play.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – The dust settled, literally, on course at Angel Fire Bike Park Sunday evening over what was a perfect weekend of downhill racing. Riders celebrated together at the base of the mountain, gathered for awards then packed up to head home. The Chile Challenge Pro GRT brought over 200 racers into town from around the country to a course that showcased a bit of everything the mountain has to offer.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – It was a rad day on the hill as racers pushed themselves yet even further for the last time on the old World Cup track during finals at the Angel Fire Bike Park Chille Challenge Pro GRT. Times dipped below 4 minutes after having the top qualifier sitting at 4:03 yesterday.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – First day of practice for the Angelfire GRT started early and everyone was eager to tackle the 2005 World Cup course. Though slightly smoothed out, the long rock gardens proved to be a challenge as far as keeping speed throughout. The OG road gaps looked to be intimidating, but it seemed no one wiped out there.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – The Chile Challenge returns to Angel Fire Bike Park June 19 through 21. Now in its 26th incarnation, this year's Chile Challenge will also be the third stop of the Pro GRT. More than 300 racers are expected to compete on the 1,800 vertical feet of the revamped World Cup course on a mountain steeped in racing history—pun intended.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – After an unseasonably dry ski season at many resorts, Old Man Winter attempted to come out swinging during several opening weekends at bike parks around the Southwest, and Angel Fire Bike Park took a beating. The Best of the Southwest may have stumbled, but refused to tap out. MTBparks.com ambassador Buck Honcho was ringside.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – Angel Fire Bike Park opens this Thursday, May 14, for the summer of 2015. This two-time Best of the Southwest has a host of trail updates for 2015 and returns to the MTBparks Pass program with a free day and 50 percent off return visits.
ANGEL FIRE, NM — Angel Fire Bike Park announced the installation of 38 new quick-load triple-bike carriers on its Chile Express chairlift. The new carriers are an improvement in response to a common request among riders, according to Hogan Koesis, bike park director at Angel Fire Resort. The new system will hold three bikes per chair and will increase uplift capacity as well as more securely and safely carry bikes with less chance of scratching the top tubes.
ANGEL FIRE, NM – Angel Fire Bike Park returns to the MTBparks Pass for 2015 with ONE FREE DAY AND 50% OFF RETURN VISTS. The MTBparks Pass gives riders free lift tickets, discounts and deals at some of the Best Bike Parks across North America. With more than 30 resorts and partners offering benefits—and more continually being added—the MTBparks Pass is the best value available in resort destination riding.
ANGEL FIRE, NM — Angel Fire Bike Park added Hungry Hippo—the largest built black jump trail in North America, according to the resort—to its trail map during the 2014 season, and it promises to be a highlight for 2015 as well. In this Q&A, trail crew foreman Patrick West describes the build and experience. "It is a cross between I would say a downhill, BMX and motocross trail," says West. "What makes the Hungry Hippo different is the sheer size of the trail and what machines we actually used to create the trail." Watch the video after the break.
Angel Fire, NM – Angel Fire Bike Park is the place to be this Labor Day Weekend when the mountain hosts the second annual Gravity Games & Brewfest. Yep, two of your favorite things wrapped up into one kick-ass weekend. Festivities include a whip-off and longjump competition, downhill racing, a free movie showing, a run for the world’s longest Boulder Dash train, and lots of tasty craft brew sampling. This may be just what you're looking for if you're still trying to decide what to do this weekend.
Angel Fire, NM – Grab your POV camera, head for the trails and start filming your best edit. The crew at Angel Fire Bike Park wants to know why you should win a 2015 Angel Fire Bike Park Gravity Pass next summer. The submission process is simple. Head to Angel Fire, create an edit, post it to YouTube and you're on your way to fame an possibly a free pass.
Angel Fire, NM – The country's top downhill and dual slalom riders are making the trip to Angel Fire Bike Park in New Mexico for the 2014 USA Cycling Gravity MTB National Championships this weekend. Each pro race is featuring an equal prize purse of $1,000 that pays five deep. This early season running means that winners get the chance to rock the Stars-and-Stripes for most of the summer!
ANGEL FIRE, NM – There’s a slight chill in the mid-May air and my lungs burn as I struggle to catch my breath at the top of Angel’s Plunge. It’s one of the newest trails on the mountain, and also one of the only ones requiring a bit of uphill effort once unloading from the Chile Express. The rocky doubletrack isn’t a very long climb, but at nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, the pounding echoing in my full-face begs to differ.
Angel Fire Bike Park, NM – I have been counting down the days until the DH season opener all winter, and it almost didn't happen. Angel Fire was poised to open Friday May 16th, but the 14 inches of snow they received on Tuesday almost closed it down. With a solid trail crew, and a good turn out of gravity patrons, the park opened on time with only a few upper trails closed.
Angel Fire, NM – When Angel Fire Bike Park was crowned the Best Bike Park in the Southwest from the 2013 Rider Choice Awards, its team made a pledge to make sure the park would be in tip top riding shape when the lift starts spinning on May 17th and they are taking that pledge seriously! The trail crew began to get things rolling towards the end of April when everyone arrived in full stoke, and 100% fired up to start getting the goods ready to share with you this summer despite some challenging weather...
Angel Fire, NM – Angel Fire Bike Park opens for the 2014 season on May 17 and the crew has been working hard to get things ready for summer. Along with a host of races, festivals and events planned for the summer, the resort recently released a sneak peek at what to expect this season. Look no further than MTBparks.com for the full run-down on everything that's happening at Angel Fire, the Best Bike Park in the Southwest.
Angel Fire, NM – Still looking for something to do this Labor Day Weekend? Come join in the fun at one of the top mountain biking destinations in North America at Angel Fire Bike Park for their first annual Gravity Games & Brewfest.
Angel Fire, NM — Want to knock the dust off your DH rig? Or maybe you just want to try out your new steed for the season? Summer is right around the corner and your buddies want take the first road trip of the season, what better place to clear your head than the new and improved Angel Fire Bike Park.
Angel Fire, NM – The Red Bull Final Descent Series wraps up at Angel Fire Bike Park once again this year on September 29, 2012. The 3rd annual Red Bull Final Descent series, a mountain biking challenge that pushes riders to the brink and back, over some of the most technically challenging terrain in North America, returns in 2012 with more riders, more competition, and more mountain.
Angel Fire, NM — As the 2012 mountain bike season begins to get underway, plans are starting to unfold for further expansion at Angel Fire Bike Park in Northern New Mexico. In April, they announced plans to add another 20 miles of trails this summer.
Angel Fire, NM — The location for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships in 2013 and 2014 is the Angel Fire Bike Park in Angel Fire, N.M., USA Cycling announced. The exact dates of the 2013 and 2014 events will be announced at a later date.
Angel Fire, NM — Mountain bikers put to the test with nonstop 12-hour downhill ride. Red Bull Final Descent makes its last stop at Angel Fire Resort. It was a frosty morning packed with snow as riders came out to take on the mountain at the last stop of Red Bull Final Descent at Angel Fire Resort. The event brought out 127 dedicated riders participating in categories including expert, pro, team, male and female.
Angel Fire, NM — The Red Bull Final Descent will begin with a mass start at the top of the lift at 9:00 a.m. The course closes at 8:45pm sharp, and all riders on the mountain at that time will be allowed to score their final lap.
If two riders are on similar total laps, the first to cross the finish on their final lap will be the winner.
WHO: Solo, Duo and Team riders, competing in Pro & Expert divisions, will push the limits in this 12-hour MTB downhill challenge. Riders can enter one event or ride all three stops in the series.
WHAT: The 2nd annual Red Bull Final Descent series, a mountain biking challenge that pushes riders to the brink and back over some of the most technically challenging terrain in North America, returns this year with more riders, more competition, and more mountain.
Angel Fire, NM – July 23, 2011 – Angel Fire Bike Park Presents the 2nd Annual Freeride Festival, Friday August 19th, Saturday August 20th ,and Sunday August 21st. To participate in Freeride Festival activities you must show a valid full-day bike park ticket or a 2011 Gravity Pass.Participants must register, sign event waiver and get a wristband at Freeride Festival Booth located outside the Ticket Office.
Angel Fire, NM – Angel Fire Resort is hosting the 2nd annual Freeride Festival August 19 – 21, 2011. The event will offer live music, beer and a chance to mountain bike the area in a non-competitive, fun, festival environment. The weekend will include open rides, equipment demonstrations, skills training sessions and several competitions. The three-day event will also include family friendly races, contests and a Little Tikes Terrain Park.
Angel Fire, NM - USA Cycling is pleased to announce a two-year agreement with New Mexico's Angel Fire Resort to host the 2011 and 2012 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.
After unanticipated difficulties forced the original venue to step down as the event's host this spring, Angel Fire agreed to step in and offer up its world-class bike park for the three days of national championship racing.
Both the 2011 and 2012 events will be held on their originally scheduled weekends of October 28-30, 2011 and October 26-28, 2012.
Stay right at the base in the Lodge at Angel Fire Resort and save when you book a combo package in advance that includes your lift tickets and lodging. As low as $49 per person, per night which includes lodging and single-day lift pass!
The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort offers spacious rooms. It's an ideal setting for the family on-the-go. All rooms have additional amenities including a coffee maker and refrigerator. Located just steps from the ski deck and the Chile Express chairlift, our lodge is the ideal place to begin and end your day.
Our hotel offers your choice of spacious rooms and suites, just steps from the Chile Express chairlift. Each room features two queen beds—perfect for your family (or friends). Pets are welcome. Take a plunge in the indoor pool, enjoy a relaxing soak in our hot tub, sweat it out in a spinning class or just enjoy our free WiFi Internet access. www.angelfireresort.com/
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52 North Angel Fire Road
Angel Fire, NM 87710 (800) 338 2589
Angel Fire Resort offers several slopeside lodging options just steps from the Chile Express chairlift. Why drive when you can sleep trailside with everything you need from thelocal bike shop to great grub a short stroll from your front door? Angel Fire also offers great Stay and Ride Packages catering to mountain bikers.
You can't ride on an empty stomach, but when the lifts are turning, time is of the essence. Annie's Coffee House, located conveniently in The Lodge at Angel Fire, offers quick and delicous options for breakfast and lunch.
Comanche Creek Brewing Company is a small family owned microbrewery nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico at and elevation of 8500'. We are located just north of Eagle Nest, New Mexico approximately equidistant between Red River, NM and Angel Fire, NM.
225 Comanche Creek Rd
Eagle Nest, NM 87718 575-377-2337
This is by far the best bike park in the Southwestern USA. It has something for everyone, from wide, manicured green trails, to massive jump lines, to intense super chunk, and much more.
For beginners, 3 green trails may not seem like much, but what is lacking in quantity is made up for in quality. The green trails are long, smooth, and fun, a perfect fit for groms, intermediate riders looking for a good warmup run, or someone who is just starting to delve into the world of downhill mountain biking.
The intermediate blue runs at Angel Fire Bike Park show the most variation of all the trails here. Intermediate riders have access to all kinds of trail types well within their comfort zone. They can hone their skills on drops, jumps, rock gardens, technical trails, and skinnies with the collection of blue trails.
The black diamond runs at Angel Fire Bike Park all have something in common: they're sick. Though most of these runs are technical, rocky, and steep, there are some great, high-speed flow trails among them; Lower Supreme DH offers an assortment of tabletop jumps and drops, along with a nice wooden drop; and Hungry Hippo is the A-Line of Angel Fire Bike Park, with smooth berms and huge booters, one after another. On trails such as World Cup and Pepper Spray, riders will be challenged by jumps, drops, and gnarly, steep rock gardens to negotiate.
Angel Fire Bike Park has an impressive assortment of expert (double-black diamond) runs. One word can describe all of these runs: GNARLY! With big drops, big rocks, big jumps, and steep chutes, these trails are enough to challenge all but the top riders. If conditions are wet, be careful with the slippery diagonal roots as wide as your leg and the rocks that are bigger than your full-face helmet!
The pro-line at Angel Fire Bike Park is short but sweet. It's called The Graveyard for a reason, people. As you drop in, you are faced with getting yourself and our bike down a super steep rock garden, which is actually an ancient lava flow (the resort is on the slopes of a dormant volcano). The ride smooths out as you roll up onto a wooden platform, on which you can either stop for a breather or immediately ride down a steep ramp into part 2 of the trail. Part 2 is even rockier, with boulders so big that they would be tough for 2 people to pick up. If you survive the rocks, however, you are presented with a nice selection of smooth flow trails for your enjoyment.
Angel Fire has some of the longest, roughest natural terrain in the country, making a favorite among downhill racers. But, despite how rocky the mountain is, the trail crew has done an excellent job building beginner trails, flow trails, and jump trails with really big table tops. Because of how readily the trail crew accepts rider suggestions, Angel Fire truly is a bike park built for riders, by riders.
The only downside to Angel Fire is how far away it is from major cities. However, lodging is cheap and the bike shop has everything you might need, so it is definitely worth staying for a few days! The head mechanic, Clay, is also the most talented mechanic I have ever met, so even if you do have any mechanical issues, you will be back riding ASAP!
If you like groomed jump trails or natural gnar you will find it here. The only down side is the loading system for the bikes. It's one and on some chairs two bikes at a time. The btrail crew actually listens to all input from riders. They are constantly adding new trails and updating the current ones. This park is a little out of the way but well worth the drive.