Angel Fire’s Oeste Vista Trail

 

The Oeste Vista (West View) Trail provides grand views towards the west of Monte Verde Lake, Angel Fire Golf Course and the surrounding hills including the Wheeler Wilderness. Wildlife and wildlife signs are abundant.

 

Oeste Vista – This trailhead is the only entrance to this loop trail! The Oeste Vista Trail is designed to follow the lower trail going south and the upper trail going north. Please follow this rule as the contour design and signs assume this route. The trail is well marked with red diamonds on the trees and is kept clear of down fall and debris. The first part of the trail is moderately steep, since switchbacks could not be used due to the trail threading between private property. Please stay strictly on the trail in this section!

The trail weaves south through a forest of pine, large ponderosa and clusters of pinion trees. Several ravines are encountered but they are easily crossed. At several places on the right of the trail, short excursions can be made to large rock outcroppings and fern filled deep ravines. Crossing the last and most dramatic ravine, the trail enters a series of switch backs. Following the trail on a gradual climb you will reach the southern most point of the trail. This is an excellent spot to take a break at the picnic table with views of Monte Verde Lake.

The trail then continues on another series of switch backs. At the top of the switchbacks is the upper trail. The upper trail provides the best views so stop and enjoy them often. When you reach a dirt road, turn left and then right at the signs. The trail intersects another dirt road and continues down this road. At a bend, signs will direct users into the forest along a stream. The trail crosses several small and narrow bridges and returns to the initial trailhead.

One way length of trail is 2.6 miles with an elevation gain of 500 feet.

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