When driving allong U.S. Highway 550 in northwest New Mexico, travelers should take a 30-minute break to expore Angel Peak Scenic Area. The scenic area is located approximently 15 miles south of Bloomfield, and a sign will point visitors to the turn off on County Road 7175. Visitors can turn down the gravel road to the rim of the badlands. The view opens up from high desert terrain to the badlands that cover the area. Visitors should continue down the gravel road along the rim and stop at viewpoints along the way.
After about 6 miles the road will turn into a loop and visitors can park their vehicle there and spend some time walking the small network of trails. While there is not a desginated trailhead, the trails are lined with rocks that keep them very noticable. There are plenty of park benches and covered picnic tables where hikers can stop and enjoy a snack. This parking area will provide the best view of the 7,000 foot Angel Peak, the gem of the scenic area. There is also a campground if visitors choose to say overnight.
This is a great place for visitors to stop and strech their legs while enjoying the views, and it can be easily missed when driving past.