It is a beautiful ride but riders need to be very aware of Mile Marker 18.
There is a dip before a 90 degree turn that gives the motorcycle a lift coming out of the turn.
This has helped in causing 4 motorcycle fatalities in 2012 in 7 months.
The highway patrol are so aware of this spot that they told the other riders that were with my husband (who died at this spot) that the Flight for Life Helicopter does not need directions!
Other motorcyclist had posted homemade signs about the turn just a couple of weeks prior, but the state came out and took them down.
The turn is so bad that the state has cleared trees on the other side of the road so when the riders or drivers miss the turn they have a clear field to go to.
That is fine except when there is a car coming from the opposite direction as was the case with my husband.
My husband has over 70,000 miles riding experience on his Harleys and is a very safe and competent rider.
He was not speeding during this turn yet he still was not able to make it.
Please advise riders of this dangerous turn.
I will be working diligently to make New Mexico fix this turn.
- Brenda Miller (8/18/12)
Scenic with some twisty narrow no center line roads.
Small creeks, farms, old towns, Alpaca ranch before you get to Mora.
- Rider from Santa Fe, NM (3/21/12)
This stretch of road takes you through the mountains, and is very scenic with periods of sharp turns, and great views.
Angel Fire itself is a nice ski resort town, and has many great restaurants, and places to stay, or go just up the road and stay in the mountainous town of Red River.
Enjoy some time on the lake in Eagles Nest??
Just 15 miles East of Angel Fire.
Looking for a good place to eat?
Try Theresa's Tamales Just north of Mora on Highway 518, they make some great burittos and tamales.
Or stop in to Johns Cowboy Kitchen, also in Mora and get a huge burger made fresh.
Or stop in to Crystal's cafe in Mora and have a sit down mexican dish.
- James Peace (7/30/08)
From Mora, enter Mora Valley witness a humble Alpaca herd.
Continue north through the valley to Guadalupita where you'll carry the Coyote Creek basin all the way to Black Lake, New Mexico south of Angel Fire and Aqua Fria, New Mexico.
The Aspen leaves in the fall of the year give Angel Fire it's name.
A great winding black top road with surprising curves and twists with no center line stripping part of the way.
Not for winter access or timid riders.
- Jeff Hayden