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The Angel Fire area has a long history—the Native Americans (Apaches and Utes) long used the area as hunting grounds and as a gathering place in the summer and fall months. The Native Americans were fascinated with the pink “fire” that comes to the mountains in the morning and evening, and called this phenomena “fire of the gods.” Later, Europeans came to the area. Some of the first Europeans to visit were Franciscan monks and they renamed the fire phenomena “fire of the angels,” which led to the current name of Angel Fire.
Many came to the Angel Fire area during the gold rush of the mid 1800’s. Just after the gold rush was over, ranchers and homesteaders came to the area. In 1864, Lucien B. Maxwell came to be the owner of 1.7 million acres of land that came to be known as the Maxwell Land Grant. Later, this land was the scene of the land grant wars and much bloodshed and violence—and the source of many stories and legends of the West.
Nowadays, Angel Fire is calm and peaceful in the high, clear air of the southern
My family truly enjoys all of the
I hope you all have a chance to visit New Mexico sometime…you will find it a place of legends, history, and healing…and you’ll have a lot of fun, there, too!
This weekend, my husband and I are going to the
You all have a great and happy Labor Day weekend!
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