Punish Yourself on Angel Fire Bike Park's Volcanic Gnar

One of the largest and most challenging bike parks in the Rocky Mountains.

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Description

Crowned "Best in the Southwest" six years in a row by MTB Riders Choice Awards, Angel Fire Bike Park is a standout spot in Northern New Mexico. With around 60 miles of purpose-built lift-served terrain, Angel Fire claims to be the biggest bike park in the Rocky Mountains. Set on forested terrain with a summit elevation of nearly 11,000 feet, and situated just below a dormant volcano, this bike park is vast, it's epic and it's unusual.

You’ll be riding on Angel Fire’s signature lava rock whilst enjoying views of Moreno Valley and Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest summit.

With long, rough natural terrain routes descending 2,000+ feet, downhill racers can easily get their kicks. There’s an impressive amount of expert runs ready to challenge top riders. Rocky, technical, and steep, they’re fired up with big jumps and daring drops. But there is something for every rider; from manicured beginner flow trails, to North Shore-inspired skinnies, and huge black jump lines. The park’s most popular signature trails include Boulder Dash, an almighty jump trail, and Hungry Hippo, a black jump beast! The bike park crew are forever updating and adding new trails, so you could easily spend a week here exploring and discovering more.

If you’re new to bike parks and downhill, Angel Fire has a great beginners Ready to Ride program. You can rent a bike or bring your own, and you’ll get a three-hour intensive lesson and lift ticket, to start you off. Once you’ve caught the mountain biking bug, you can easily upgrade your lift ticket to a full day pass.

There’s a great bike shop and plenty of places to eat, but Angel Fire is quite far away from major cities, so it’s best to come stocked up and prepared. You can stay slopeside, directly by the Chile Express chairlift, at one of many affordable lodging options. If you’re looking for more amenities, comfort, and activities for the kids, you can try the new Angel Fire RV Resort, which is only a short drive from the bike park.

For more information on Angel Fire Bike Park go to: https://www.angelfireresort.com/activities/summer-activities/bike-park/

Adventures

Upper Chillin'

Upper Chillin': steep superchunk that's for experts only.

Diesel Upper

A fun blue connecting you to the other trails on the mountain

Upper Boogie

Extremely technical superchunk through a variety of terrain

Transition

An access trail that is really just a fire road

Chutes and Ladders

A local favorite with many large ladder bridge drops and wooden features

Duke

A fast but chunky techincal/flow mix

Boulder Dash

The fan favorite, with top to bottom flow and jumps.

Dirt Diggler

A short cut used to transfer from Upper Supreme to Upper Chillin

Last Call

A short but intense jump line leading down to the lift

Pepper Spray

A short technically demanding trail through the trees

Lemonade

A local favorite, with a mix of everything

Fo' Sho'

Fast technical riding with a new flow section

Lazy Susan

A short technical trail used to skip the climb on Combi

Candyland

Large jumps, hips, step ups, and drops. Freeride skills required.

Angel's Plunge

A long, winding track down the left boundary of the resort

World Cup

Angel Fire's premiere race run and the ultimate test of your downhill prowess

Hungry Hippo

A massive moto style jumpline containing the largest jumps on the mountain

Diesel

A fast flow trail with technical sections lower down

Duchess

A winding technical track through the trees

Pinball

A short flowy jump line that skips part of Lower Boogie