Angel Fire to Build RV Resort

Angel Fire Resort recently announced approved plans to develop a modern, state-of-the-art RV resort near the west entrance to Angel Fire, New Mexico, on Highway 64. With 260 RV sites, 109 RV storage units, 10 cabins, a full-service clubhouse, bathrooms, laundry facilities, and dog runs, the resort is meant to serve RV travelers who expect a luxurious experience.

Angel Fire Resort (Credit:

Over the course of the next few years, this luxury park will be constructed on 94-acres of mountain meadow land with scenic views of the Angel Fire ski mountain to the south, and Mt. Wheeler, New Mexico’s tallest peak, to the north.

The scope of a construction project can often be inferred by its cost, and Angel Fire Resort officials plan to invest more in a new RV resort than on the multi-million dollar country club they erected last year in northern New Mexico, reported the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.

Resort Marketing Director Dave Dekema said the project is not meant to cater to the resort’s current clientele, but it will bring a different type of vacationer to Angel Fire.

“This is a destination resort for them to bring their toys and their friends,” he said. “…This isn’t an amenity of the existing resort. The resort is investing in a completely new business here in Angel Fire.”

“Angel Fire Resort is committed to creating an RV hospitality experience unlike any other in North America,” said Daniel E. Rakes, general counsel of Angel Fire Resort. “We’re working with the top experts in RV resort development to identify the most desirable amenities, and to guarantee the best resort practices, so that we greatly exceed the expectations of today’s passionate RV travelers.”

Angel Fire is set in the Moreno Valley, high in the heart of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. Overlooking the facility to the west is Wheeler Peak, New Mexico's highest mountain at 13,161 feet. Eastward is the Cimarron Range with peaks over 11,000 feet tall. (Credit:

The new RV resort will include a well-appointed private clubhouse, paved roads, fully concreted, over-sized spaces with easy pull-through access and 50-100 amp electrical pedestals, bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities, convenient Wi-Fi access, 100 heated storage units, 10 cabins, outdoor fire pits and jacuzzis, putting and chipping greens, horseshoe pits, and dog friendly areas.

Each RV space will be large enough to handle the slide-outs of today’s biggest recreational vehicles. RV spaces will be available for short and long term rentals.

The approved location for the RV resort is adjacent to the Carson National Forest and the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. With frontage access to US Highway 64, it provides guests with convenient proximity to the wide array of outdoor recreation amenities in Angel Fire, including golf, skiing, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, snowmobiling, fishing, and more. The RV resort will also have its own private access to Carson National Forest, where visitors can bike, hike, and snowmobile. The Resort is seeking permitting for ATV trails with the US Forest Service.

“Taken together with the new Angel Fire Resort Golf & Country Club, and the extensive renovations to the Lodge at Angel Fire, this new RV resort adds considerable momentum to Angel Fire’s position as a premiere family vacation destination in the Rocky Mountains,” said Rakes.

Carson National Forest hiking trails in Angel Fire. (Credit:

Living Designs Group of Taos is working with Angel Fire Resort to oversee the design of the new RV resort. This award-winning design company has worked on other large-scale New Mexico projects, such as the four-star El Monte Sagrado luxury resort in Taos and the new Angel Fire Resort Golf & Country Club.

According to an economic impact study, the development would generate $100,000 in wages paid to employees and $1,146,685.12 in various taxes during the first year.

Rakes recently told the Village of Angel Fire Council he is confident that the project will attract people who will “nest” in Angel Fire for long periods of time. He said the resort’s RV industry consultant from Washington State advised that the industry remains strong despite increasing gas prices.

The RV Resort site plans were approved earlier this month by the Village of Angel Fire’s town council as well as the planning and zoning committee. Immediate next steps are to extend utilities and infrastructure to the site starting in September 2011.


Angel Fire Resort

Angel Fire Resort is a top year-round mountain resort destination in New Mexico. Situated at over 8,600-feet elevation in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Angel Fire strives to offer the best value and choice for family outdoor recreation activities to its members, guests, and visitors—including skiing, snowboarding, golf, mountain biking, tennis, fishing, hiking, and more.

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