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.
With a summit elevation of nearly 11,000 feet just below a dormant volcano, Angel Fire offers a truly unique riding destination in Northern New Mexico. Forget the images of arid desert the state name conjurs; this returning Best of the Southwest resort 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. Trails range from North Shore-inspired skinnies to massive jump lines, manicured flow and boulderiffic World Cup-esque superchunk.
Angel Fire Bike Park is a two-time Top Five winner in the MTBparks.com Riders' Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Southwest Region.
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 2015 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 man-made 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.”
New for 2015
While the Angel Fire Bike Park has solidified its reputation with expert riders by hosting a series of races and events, including the 2013 Red Bull Dreamline event, the park’s goal this season is to engage more beginners and intermediates to the sport and expand its cross-country trail network throughout the town of Angel Fire and nearby National Forest.
The park will also expand its new blue trail, Devinci’s Code, by two additional miles. Construction on Devinci’s Code started in the fall of 2014 and will be open to the public at the 5th annual Gravity Games and Bikes, Blues and Brews Festival, which happens over Labor Day weekend. The park plans on trail re-designs which will focus primarily on sustainable drainage, increased flow and most importantly smoothing out many of the existing trails in the park. These additions will now offer riders, of all abilities, over 100 miles of new and enhanced trails.
“It’s been key to grow our bike park at a rate in which we can develop outstanding new riding trails while still being focused on making sure our current trails are kept in great riding conditions. To be able to have grown our total trail mileage by over 100% in the past three summers and now to be able to offer our guests over 100 total miles of riding is something we’re really proud of," said Hogan Koesis, director of Angel Fire Bike Park.
Additionally, the resort has invested in adding bike park carriers to the Chile Express chairlift for an easier and a no compromise experience transport up to the summit.
2015 Angel Fire Bike Park Event Highlights
OPENING WEEKEND BASH: May 14 - 17
Join the Angel Fire crew for an early start to the 2015 bike season.
MEMORIAL WEEKEND RIDE, WHITE AND BLUE FESTIVAL: May 21-25
Join the Angel Fire Crew for the national holiday with a South Boundary XC Trail Ride (Angel Fire to Taos) with free shuttle service provided, live music, demo days, a beer garden and free outdoor movies.
FREERIDE WEEKEND: May 28 - 31
Free downhill bike lessons for everyone who comes to check out the bike park. The resort will also host a free cross-country bike clinic along the green belt trails, kids and family bike clinics and a beer garden.
NEW MEXICO ENDURO CUP: June 13 - 14
Angel Fire is proud to announce one of the Nation’s most unique and largest Enduro races, the New Mexico Enduro Cup, sponsored by Mountain Top Cycling. Enduro is all about combining cross-country athleticism with downhill technique, with one day out of bounds and one day in bounds, this event should be at the top of bucket list for any mountain biker. Negotiating timed stages, mountain bikers will race their way through an action packed weekend and a plethora of courses to be crowned Enduro champion.
USA CYCLING PRO GRT CHILI CHALLENGE RACE: June 19 - 21
Angel Fire Bike Park hosts the USA Cycling PRO Gravity Tour. Events will include Downhill and Dual Slalom racing along with festivities in between.
ANGEL FIRE’S 5th ANNUAL FREERIDE FESTIVAL AND BREWFEST: September 4-7
Why? Because, what's not to love about Gravity and Brewfest in the same sentence? The fun continues with a whip-off and long jump, racing, a movie premiere, craft beers and prizes. Make plans to be here for this awesome event. All season pass holders will be entitled to free entry to the Gravity Games & Brewfest.
NEW MEXICO ENDURO CUP MOUNTAIN BIKING RACES: September 26-27
Come out and race the final stop on the New Mexico Enduro Cup, presented by Mountain Top Cycling. This action packed weekend will include multiple Enduro courses and the UNM Back to School Special Races.
CLOSING WEEKEND: October 16-18 (weather permitting)
Come out and finish off another amazing season of mountain biking with one last shredfest!
2015 Operating Schedule
Early season weekends and peak weekdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Peak season weekends: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
2015 Ticket Prices
-Full Day (9:00am-5:00pm)
-$40 Biker Two-Ride (Two laps via chairlift)
-$20 Adult Season Pass-$269 Youth Season Pass (12 & Under)
-$35 Senior Pass (70 & Over)
-Free Multi-Day Rate - (3-day) $100
2015 MTBparks Pass Perks
-One FREE lift ticket
-50% OFF return visits
Located in northern New Mexico, Located high in the Sangre De Christo mountain range in Northern New Mexico, Angel Fire Bike Park is a premier mountain bike destination. With over 18 cross country trails, the famous South Boundary trails and a gamut of destinations nearby, Northern New Mexcio is quickly becoming a sought after destination for Gravity, Enduro and Cross Country enthusists alike. Not far from the southern Colorado border, Angel Fire is accessible by car or air. It's a scenic drive from most southwestern states or can be can accessed via Albuquerque Sunport International Airport.