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You are probably aware of the world-class skiing and riding during the winter, but the mountain is just as “cool” during the summer. Once the snow melts, these winter meccas are transformed into giant summer playgrounds.
Take a deep breath as you begin to unwind and let your senses adjust to the surrounding sounds and sweet smells of nature. Here, the vacation begins on your terms, with the option of mountain adventures just steps from your hotel or cabin. Red River boasts the title of “Nightlife Capital of the Region,” so wrap up your day of exploration with live music and two-stepping.
Activities: Zip line, 18-hole disc golf, summer tubing, scenic chair lift rides, music festivals, mountain biking, hiking
True Travel Tip: Ride the longest summer tubing lanes in the country on "Gold Rush Hill" serviced by the Gold Chairlift.
Home to some of the best lift-accessed mountain biking in the country, the Pajarito Mountain trail network is created and maintained by a dedicated group of local volunteers. The area plays host to many live music events and festivals throughout the summer.
Activities: Mountain biking, hiking, craft beer events and summer concerts
True Travel Tip: Without a set weekly schedule, make sure you visit the Pajarito Mountain Events Calendar to make sure the chairlift is open prior to visiting. Better yet, plan your visit to coincide with one of the area’s festivals, such as Ullr Fest, held early every October.
Open every weekend in September and October 1-10 daily, the Ski Santa Fe Scenic Chair Ride offers guests spectacular views of The City Different. The short drive from Santa Fe to Santa Fe Ski Basin offers many great camping, picnicking, and hiking opportunities, as it passes through both the Santa Fe National Forest, and Hyde Memorial State Park.
Activities: Scenic chair lift rides, hiking and La Casa Lodge open for meals
True Travel Tip: The lift will open daily during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, one of the best opportunities to take in the golden aspens in their entire fall splendor.
Get a whole new perspective on the Duke City! The Sandia Peak Scenic Chair will be operating weekends and holidays beginning Fourth of July and running through Labor Day. Explore the lift-accessed downhill trails, ranging from the novice Capulin Spring Road, a wide gentle dirt road offering the inexperienced rider the opportunity to hone their skills before tackling the more advanced trails, to the most difficult Bighorn Climb.
Activities: Hiking, mountain biking and scenic chair lift rides
True Travel Tip: Visit the Double Eagle Cafe for your breakfast and lunch needs.
Where can you ride a gondola over green valleys passing by alpine peaks, then get a little shopping in and have a delicious lunch while taking in panoramic vistas and World class views at a mountain-top Gazebo? Well there is Switzerland of course! Then again, there is Sierra Blanca and Ski Apache – a world of their own! Visit the new Wind Rider zipline. This beautifully stunning adventure begins above 11,000 feet and reaches over 8,900 feet in length, making it one of the longest in the world while offering a thrilling and unforgettable experience.
Activities: Zipline tours, mountain biking, scenic gondola rides, music festivals, disc golf and a children’s play area
True Travel Tip: Due to high volume, reservations are required for the wind rider zipline. Also, call to confirm the day of your reservation to check on weather conditions and make sure the zipline is operating.
At Angel Fire Resort, you can experience an 18-hole Championship PGA golf course by morning and the #1 Bike Park in the Southwest in the afternoon. The addition of a new 35-acre state-of-the-art RV Resort means you’ll have even more options for luxurious lodging in the cool valley of the Southern Rockies.
Activities: Golf, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, zipline and more
True Travel Tip: Don’t miss the Bike Park, voted #1 in the Southwest by MTBparks.com for 2 years running!
With renovations closing the main base area, summer activities have been relocated to the backside of the mountain for the summer of 2016. Beginning June 24th, Chair #4 will be open for scenic chairlift rides. Area businesses remain open to provide craft beers, hiking and fishing equipment, and hearty fare to help you fuel up for your time on the mountain.
Activities: Fishing, full moon hikes and scenic chair lift rides (Chair 4).
True Travel Tip: Enjoy lunch and a drink on the deck of the Bavarian Restaurant before checking out the Williams Lake trail, which departs from the restaurant.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort offers the perfect blend of quiet, laid-back style and ongoing, family-friendly events. Whether you are looking to experience one of the finest trout fishing regions in the state, an unforgettable white water rafting adventure, or simply enjoy the refreshingly cool air of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Sipapu is the place to be all year long.
Activities: Hiking, fishing, rafting and disc golf
True Travel Tip: Drop in for a FREE fly-casting clinic each Saturday morning at 10:30am, or check out the world-class disc golf, also free to the public.