Attractions & Activities

Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park:

15 minutes from our lodge

Visitor Center is open daily from 9-5

Chapel & Grounds always open

Phone: 575-377-2293

 

Eagle Nest Area Activities

Eagle Nest Lake – Great for Fishing!

 

Hiking/Backpacking: Cimarron Canyon, Carson National Forest, Coyote Creek State Park and around Angel Fire

Four-Wheeling

Golf-Angel Fire Resort-18 holes 575-377-3055

Horseback Riding:  Roadrunner Tours Ltd offers horseback riding and winter sleigh rides: 575-377-6416  Cowboy Evening with dinner and singing: 575-754-2769

Wildlife Viewing & Photography

Vietnam Veteran’s Chapel & Memorial: 10 minutes away on highway 64 towards Angel Fire.

Elizabethtown & Museum: Ghost town 5 miles north on NM 38 575-377-3420

Shopping: The towns of Eagle Nest, Red River and Taos offer many unique shops

 

SUMMER VACATION ACTIVITIES

Hiking/Backpacking: Cimarron Canyon, Carson National Forest, Coyote Creek State Park and around Angel Fire

Four-Wheeling

Golf-Angel Fire Resort-18 holes 575-377-3055

Horseback Riding:  Roadrunner Tours Ltd offers horseback riding and winter sleigh rides: 575-377-6416  Cowboy Evening with dinner and singing: 575-754-2769

Wildlife Viewing & Photography

Elizabethtown & Museum: Ghost town 5 miles north on NM 38 575-377-3420

Shopping: The towns of Eagle Nest, Red River and Taos offer many unique shops

 

Fishing:

Dos Amigo Angler’s (Fishing equipment) – 575-377-6226

Weekly Fishing Report

State Parks:

Eagle Nest Lake: This 2,400 surface acre lake offers some of the best trout and kokanee salmon fishing in the state.  Seasonal recreation includes boating, hiking, picnicking, and cross-country skiing, with opportunities to see an abundance of birds and other wildlife, including elk, dear, bears, and eagles. Set in the scenic Moreno Valley and surrounded by two of the state’s highest peaks, Baldy Mountain and Wheeler Peek. At 8,300 feet in elevation, the park offers a cool retreat from the summer heat for fisherman, boaters, campers and wildlife enthusiasts.  A new state of the art green visitor center features exhibits, a classroom, and expansive patio overlooking the lake, making Eagle Nest Lake an ideal location for wildlife viewing. In the winter, ice fishing and snowmobiling are popular sports when ice thickness permits. Snowmobiling is limited to the lake surface.

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/EaglesNest.htm

Cimarron Canyon: Set in New Mexico’s high country, where spectacular palisade cliffs and clear running waters dominate the landscape, Cimarron Canyon State Park is part of the 33,116-acre Colin Neblett Wildlife Area – the largest wildlife area in the state.

Angler’s Delight
The cool, high mountain park offers excellent trout fishing. Anglers can fish eight miles of premier brown trout waters for stocked browns or rainbows. Smaller trout and solitude can be found in the Cimarron River’s tributaries –Clear Creek and Tolby Creek

Wildlife Abounds
Wildlife viewing and bird watching is plentiful.  Elk, deer, bear, turkey and grouse attract hunters in the fall and winter.

Favorite Activities
Crenelated granite formations make up sheer palisade cliffs that dominate the park’s scenery. From the main canyon, day hikes and cross-country skiing are popular.

Getting There
Cimarron Canyon State Park is three miles east of Eagle Nest along US 64, as shown on this map of the area. The park is part of the Colin Neblett Wildlife Management Area owned by the New Mexico State Game Commission and the Department of Game and Fish, originally funded in part by the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act.

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/CimarronCanyon.htm

Coyote Creek: Solitude, scenery and some of the best mountain trout fishing in New Mexico await visitors at the park, which sits at 7,700 feet in the eastern foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It is an ideal place to camp, hike or fish. (575-387-2328).

Coyote Creek State Park is nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains along a meandering stream. Enclosed by a forest of spruce and pine, the small valley displays abundant wildflowers and beautiful fall foliage. The park is ideal for fishing, family camping and leisurely nature walks.

Take a Break
Private campsites are scattered along the creek, which is sheltered by cottonwood trees and willow plants. The park’s refreshing temperature offer relief during the height of New Mexico’s summers.

Fishing and Hiking Extras
Coyote Creek has the most densely stocked waters in New Mexico. Trout are abundant and provide excellent fishing for children of all ages. In addition, the park offers 1.5 miles of hiking trails through a forest of ponderosa pines.

Getting There
Coyote Creek State Park is 17 miles north of Mora via NM 434.

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/CoyoteCreek.htm

 

Special Trout Waters – Go to www.wildlife.state.nm.us for special trout water fishing restrictions.

For license information visit: http://www.takemefishing.org/fishing/license/location/state/NM

 

Boating:

NEW MEXICO BOATING WATERS

Here you will find a comprehensive listing and information on all of our New Mexico State Park Lakes and Reservoirs as well as those for boating opportunities elsewhere in New Mexico.

Boat Rentals in New Mexico State Parks

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/EaglesNest.htm

Power Boating in New Mexico

http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/PRD/BOATINGWeb/boatingwaterslakeeaglenest.htm

Sailing in New Mexico

Rafting, Kayaking and Canoeing in New Mexico

Other Lake and River Water Sources in New Mexico

Water Levels for State Park Lakes – Click Here


Rafting

Rio Grande: Rafting on the Rio Grande some sections are for well experienced rafters and whitewater kayakers for the most part with a short section available as a 1/2 day in the Orilla Verde BLM Recreation Area and the Velarde all day run.  In all cases GPS locations are provided for general reference only and not for navigation purposes. (Check your waypoints for your own GPS map base!)

Map is found on the BLM Wild Rivers Recreation Area brochure in the link below.

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nm/programs/recreation/rec_docs.Par.51590.File.dat/RioGrVisGd.pdf

Rafting, Kayaking and Canoeing in New Mexico

 

WINTER VACATION ACTIVITIES

 

Southwest Snowkite Festival: Held on Eagle Nest Lake

 

Ice Fishing (start date 12/30/11)

             (Contact Eagle Nest Lake State Park for current conditions) 575-377-1594

             Unlimited fishing for Northern Pike Begins January 17, 2013.

 

Skiing – Snowboarding – Cross Country Skiing – Snowmobiles – Tubing

Close to Angel Fire Mountain: Just 10 minutes to Angel Fire Ski Resort.

Near Red River: Just 20 minutes to Red River Skiing.

Ski the Enchanted Forest: We are 10 minutes from the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area.

Taos Ski Valley: We are 30 minutes from Taos.

 

Angel Fire Excursions – Book A Tour.


Angel Fire Excursions, located at Frontier Square in Angel Fire, New Mexico offers snowmobile tours in the winter and ATV tours in the Spring and Summer. We offer first class guided tours on the scenic trails of the Carson National Forest. Angel Fire, New Mexico is surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range in northeastern New Mexico. Plan on joining us for a snowmobile or ATV tour, and experience the wonders of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains! To book a tour, contact us at:

Angel Fire Excursions
Highway 434 and North Angel Fire Rd.
Angel Fire, New Mexico 87710
Reservations: 575-377-2799
Fax number: 575-377-1838

 

Hunting:

Animals that can be hunted In Eagle Nest area are:

Deer, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, Ibex, Turkey, Javelina, Barbary Sheep, Oryx, Bear, and Cougar.

For license information visit: www.wildlife.state.nm.us

For Bow Hunters staying in our Sportsman Cabins, you are able to walk out the front door of your cabin and practice on our target before you got out on your hunt.