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New Mexico Tourism
Eagle Nest and Area

The Village of Eagle Nest  
Historically, Eagle Nest and the Moreno Valley was built around gold
mining, ranching and beginning in the 1930s, has become a resort
destination. Today Eagle Nest still exemplifies the free-soaring
spirit of the eagles that continue to rise above community on
the shores of Eagle Nest Lake. The surrounding mountains
are still a source of life and commerce, treating visitors to
year-round recreation — some of the best scenery, hiking
trails, big game hunting, fishing, and snow skiing to be
found anywhere. To the delight of ice fishermen, snow-kiters
and our Polar Bear Plungers, winter ice thickness on the lake
often reaches two and one-half to three feet.

Eagle Nest has its share of ghost stories, but it is far from a ghost town.
As of October 2010, 65 businesses were registered with the Village Clerk,
and the population is estimated at 300. The population rises during summer
months to around 3,500 due to visiting RVers and our "cabin visitors."

Eagle Nest, New Mexico is a year-round destination centered around Eagle
Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks as well as the Kit Carson National
Forest. Outdoorsmen from around the world are drawn to our valley for trophy
hunting, fishing, hiking and spectacular scenery. Eagle Nest is centrally located
between two ski resorts in the heart of North Central New Mexico.

Therma Drive, the main street in Eagle Nest, is lined with shops
and restaurants which serve both local and visiting guests. RV parks
abound and offer a variety of services and styles. Locals are
proud of our selection of churches, schools and public services.
A variety of summer and winter events are held, including a fine-art
show now in its 29th year, one of the most spectacular "hometown"
Fourth of July weekends in the state complete with fireworks over the
lake, a hometown parade and loads of entertainment, fishing
tournaments, the Polar Bear Plunge and a summer Farmer's
Market, to mention a few.

The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, New Mexico's newest state
park, is located just eight miles west of Eagle Nest and annually
draws thousands of visitors. This park is the first and only state
park in the United States dedicated exclusively to Vietnam
veterans. Recently renovated, the park's mission is to
remember and honor Vietnam veterans, provide educational
opportunities for the public and maintain a haven for healing |
and reconciliation.

The Moreno Valley
The Moreno Valley is unsurpassed in scenic beauty, with
spectacular views from the 8,200 ft base altitude of the
main street in Eagle Nest to the top of Wheeler Peak, the
highest point in the state at 13,161 ft. The snowcapped
mountains offer outstanding winter sports just 10 miles
South in Angel Fire, 40 miles East in Taos, 18 miles North
in Red River and 40 miles West in Taos. The Moreno Valley
is approximately 300 miles South of Denver, 100 miles
Northeast of Santa Fe and 200 miles Northwest of the Texas
and Oklahoma panhandles.

The Enchanted Circle
A scenic 96-mile Enchanted Circle drive encompassing
the base of Wheeler Peak as well as five communities, offers
many opportunities for excellent winter sports, ATVing, hiking,
boating, fishing, gold panning, hunting, golfing and horseback
riding. Quaint mountain villages, ghost town, ancient adobe
structures, a Native American pueblo, America's first Vietnam
Veteran's Memorial, and Southwestern style art studios are
just a few fascinating points of interest in an area which is
truly enchanting.

Eagle Nest Statistics
Population: 306 (2000 Census)
Elevation: 8,258 Feet
Total Area: 5.2 Square Miles
Coordinates: 36° 338 N 105° 1 31 W/3655222, -105.26139
Annual Precipitation: 15.6 Inches
Annual Snowfall: 150 Inches +- (2009/2010)
Average Summer Temperature: 75° Daytime, 38°
Night Average Winter Temperature: 43° Daytime, 9° 
Number of Sunny Days: 345
County: Colfax

Eagle Nest Area Churches
P.O. Box 1048
Angel Fire, NM 87710
575-377-3107, Fax 575-377-9481

Village of Eagle Nest http://www.eaglenest.orq
Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
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