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Angel Fire Zippin’; New Mexico’s Mountains Boast Summertime Specialties

Angel Fire

Just as the summer heat gets serious down below, the four northern New Mexico resorts have fired up some cool action. 

Angel Fire Resort has jumped on the zipline bandwagon this year, with a two-hour tour constructed around the summit of the ski and snowboard area. Operations begin on July 6.  

 

The Angel Fire Zipline Adventure tour features a 1,600-foot “super line” section where zip-liners race side by side. Resort officials say that this parallel part of the course rises to the equivalent of 50 building stories in height. The zipline park includes six separate sections that begin at the top of the Chile Line Express chairlift and end with an ATV ride back to the top. In between, zipliners take off and land on platforms, and take short nature hikes at certain intervals in the adventure park tour. 


The cost is $89, which covers equipment, safety session and chairlift ride to the course. Groups up to 10 in size can go on the zipline tour together, but participants must be 18 years old or have a guardian with them, and weight between 70 and 270 pounds.

Also at Angel Fire are top-class mountain biking, a climbing wall, bungee jumps and disc golf around the summit. 

At Red River Ski Area, the latest craze is tubing – without the snow or the water. The resort managers have installed the second tubing lane on their mountain this summer – an 800-foot slide that runs off the Gold Rush Hill. It joins the Baby Blue Hill tubing run off the beginners’ carpet lift. Baby Blue tubing costs $15 an hour, $10 for three runs, and Gold Hill will run you $20 an hour, $15 for three runs.

The slides are constructed out of a hard plastic that runs quicker in the cool morning and slows as the day gets warmer. Crews can reduce drag as the plastic warms up to maintain speeds, the resort said.

Red River is also home to chairlift rides and disc golf during the summer months.

Over at Taos Ski Valley, the steeps of Northside beckon mountain bikers. About 25 miles of single-track and grass-covered two-track roads wind up the precipitous eastern side of the Rio Hondo Valley. Located on the private land, the mountain biking challenge costs $10 a day, $50 a season. Permits can be purchased at select businesses in Taos Ski Valley and in town.

Taos Ski Valley also offers up chairlift rides, horseback riding, disc golf and plenty of hiking.

The disc golfing at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is among the best in the country -- at least according to Disc Golf Digest magazine – and it’s free.

Each hole on the 20-basket course has pro, advanced and recreation tees, so the layout runs between 3,000 and 5,000 feet in length. The course winds out of the base area, up the mountainside into the aspen and pine forests and back down to the finish by the Rio Pueblo.

The resort offers private and group disc golf lessons, and the general store carries disc golf equipment and accessories.

Photo: Angel Fire Resort


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