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Oeste Vista Loop

Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico

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  • Oeste Vista trailhead.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • Start of the Oeste Vista Trail.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • Much of the hike is through a deep forest of pine and aspen.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • View of the nearby golf course from the trail.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • The trail is well-marked for cross-country skiing.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • View of Wheeler Peak to the northwest.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • The southern end of the loop is a great spot to take in the view.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • Monte Verde Lake from the trail.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • Wheeler Peak and the Sangre de Cristos.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • Oeste Vista Trail.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • Aspen and pine.- Oeste Vista Loop
  • Oeste Vista Trail.- Oeste Vista Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Nice easy hike. Good views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains, NM
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
8,833.00 ft (2,692.30 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking
Total Distance: 
2.40 mi (3.86 km)
Total elevation gain: 
390.00 ft (118.87 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,443.00 ft (2,573.43 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Oeste Vista Trail is a nice loop near the Angel Fire Ski area that is popular for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Located on a west-facing slope at the base of Agua Fria Peak just off the main highway, this trail offers nice views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains and the surrounding developed village of Angel Fire.

The trail leaves from the parking area across from the golf course entrance and passes through a small meadow before meeting the junction of the loop. Heading right, the route follows the lower trail as it rises gently up to the south end of the loop at a beautiful overlook with a bench and picnic table. Continuing back north along the upper trail, the route has gentle ups and downs with great views of Wheeler Peak to the northwest. The trail loops through a little gulch with a creek before returning to the trailhead.

This trail is on private land and managed by the Angel Fire property owners association, but it is open to the public.

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