Have you ever gone on vacation and not wanted to leave? I’m not talking about the kind of vacation where you have to wait in line in the blistering sun while all of the children (including your own) around you are crying. I’m talking the kind where you can be outside in the peace and quiet all day long with temperatures in the 70’s or you can ski all day long and relax in your hot tub at night. Well, that’s what Angel Fire is all about! People come here to visit and leave trying to figure out how they can stay. Some of us are lucky to have figured it out and that’s why I can give you the top five reasons to live in Angel Fire!
Angel Fire has to have the best summers. Crisp, cool mornings lead to sunny afternoons and once that sun goes behind the beautiful mountains, it’s cool again. With and average summer temperature of 75 degrees, we can play outside all day long. In fact, we would rather be outside because very few homes in the valley have air conditioning. If we get too hot inside we just open the window to get a nice breeze going. Of course, I do still have to work but all of Angel Fire’s amenities are so close that I can easily still enjoy them after work. Hiking, biking, golfing and fishing, every single day if I wanted to.
Have you been on a ski trip on the day of a big, fresh snow? Do you remember how much fun it was getting all of the fresh powder? Well, if you live in Angel Fire, you get first tracks and powder days every time it snows. You get to pick your days to ski instead of having to go three days in a row because you have to go home on Sunday. Oh, and the kids, they get to join you because school gets canceled if there is too much snow!
We are in Cimarron Municipal School District so our kids go to school either at Eagle Nest (K-8), Cimarron High School (9-12) or Moreno Valley High School (9-12). All of our schools have tiny classes, most have anywhere from 10-20 students per class. Our kids get so much individual attention from all of the teachers and when it comes to sports, you don’t even have to try out, you just make the team. Niche.com just rated Cimarron School District the 5th best school district in New Mexico and to top it off, we only go to school 4 days a week!!
Great Place to Raise Kids
This is a big one for us. Raising kids in a community where they can play outside and ride their bikes to the store or the lake to go fishing is priceless. I know families who have moved here just for that reason; kids can be kids and parents don’t have to worry about their safety. The one thing we always tell our children is, “If you don’t want me to find out about it then don’t do it because sooner or later I’m going to hear about it.” This village raises some pretty good kids.
Low Crime Rate
You’ll never feel safer anywhere else, not much happens once the sun goes behind those mountains. Don’t get me wrong – we have to lock our house and car doors but it’s not because of burglars or car thieves, it’s to keep the bears out!
There are a few times a year when everyone in town is running around crazy trying to keep all of our customers happy but then there is the rest of the year, when times goes by slowly and quietly, you don’t have to wait in line at the grocery store and the only traffic jam is caused by the elk that are crossing the road.
Often times, I have answered the question “What is there to do in Angel Fire?” My favorite response is listing all of the wonderful activities that Angel Fire offers but I always end it with Or, you can do nothing at all.” That is the beauty of living in this place, it is all at your fingertips all of the time so you never feel pressured to get it all in. Many people who live it Angel Fire feel like they have chosen quality of life over the hustle and bustle of the city and office life. We might never make it big or be on the cover of Forbe’s Magazine but we can honestly say we are enjoying life to it’s fullest!
So, find yourself a local and ask them why they moved to Angel Fire, I’m sure you’ll get quite a story!