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Is Angel Fire Better Than Taos?

For someone to decide which is better between two towns is to look into what each town has to offer and how those factors align with your needs and wants.

A view of the Moreno Valley and Eagle Nest Lake near sunset during the summer months
The Moreno Valley from Angel Fire Resort

Angel Fire is a rural mountain valley village, with abundant outdoor adventure. Angel Fire Resort is a great place for families to learn to ski, mountain bike, play golf, and more all within a 5 minute drive. There are several hiking trails in the area and facilities offering ATV and snowmobile tours, horseback riding, and off-road tours. The village and resort offer community events throughout the year, including an art and farmers market, free Friday night concert series in the summer, Music from Angel Fire, and Veteran Wellness gatherings. The village has a grocery store, two gas stations, locally owned restaurants, and two hardware stores. The Moreno Valley Clinic offers healthcare appointments year round and the Ulti-Med Urgent Care takes patients during the winter season. The Moreno Valley High School is highly rated in the state of New Mexico, and there are plenty of extracurricular activities involving skiing and outdoor sports for the area kids. If you prefer a quiet community atmosphere, Angel Fire is a great place to settle into.

Mountains seen from Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico during the summer
View of the Taos Mountains

Taos, while still a rural town, offers more convenience in the way of shopping with a variety of stores, art galleries, and the historic Taos Plaza. There are many restaurants offering traditional New Mexican fare alongside other classic American dishes. The world-class Taos Ski Valley is a quick 30 minute drive and offers big mountain skiing and a traditional European town feel with Southwest flair. The Holy Cross Hospital provides comprehensive medical care for the Enchanted Circle, plus several other clinics in the area to choose from depending on your preference. The Taos school system provides a great learning environment as well as traditional extracurriculars alongside activities catering to the unique Taos landscape. During the summer and winter tourist seasons, Taos can get busy and traffic funneled through the historic plaza and Bent Street areas, but there is still plenty to do outside of the town limits if you prefer a smaller crowd.

Depending on your personal needs and wants regarding a place to live, both Angel Fire and Taos can provide a great place to live, grow a family, and carve out your own little corner of New Mexico.

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