Hike of the Week: Angel Peak Scenic Area

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Sierra Club outings and in-person events have been cancelled through February 28th, 2021. While we’re all disappointed, we understand that everyone’s health and safety are most important. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and go for a hike! Our do-it-yourself outings are designed with you in mind and offer a range of difficulties and outdoor experiences. We hope you’ll climb the mountains and receive their good tidings during this challenging time.

Remember to check the location for warnings and closures before you go.

Angel Peak Scenic Area

Take your three-season tent, an ultra-warm sleeping bag and someone in your pandemic bubble for some overdue campfire therapy. Angel Peak is a prominent geological feature in the four-corners region and is the center of a beautifully diverse and colorful “badlands” setting. The hikes in this area are rather short, but the views are long and there’s solitude in abundance. For a little variety, load up your mountain bike and take it for a spin. There are fire rings and nine first-come-first served tent camping spots. Thanks to Sierra Club member and Outings Leader, Hart Pierce, for the tip.

Location: Bloomfield
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Cost: $0
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Map: Angel Peak Scenic Area brochure | Angel Peak trails | All Trails

The Hike: There are 2 main trails and the trailhead is marked on the map linked below. Bicycling is allowed on the main road and a mountain bike or gravel bike will do the job.
Castle Rock – easy, 1.2 miles
Angel Peak – moderate, 1 mile

Pro Tip: There are literally, millions of acres of free camping areas across the United States. The Ultimate Guide to Free Camping on BLM Land is a great primer and compendium of dispersed camping areas that includes do’s and don’ts of dirt-bagging it. 

To Get There: Angel Peak is located off of US 550, 16 miles south of Bloomfield, NM, turn east on CR 7175. There is no charge to visit or camp at Angel Peak Recreation Area. The road into Angel Peak is graveled, but may become impassible in bad weather, so check the forecast before you go.

Stay healthy!

Hike of the Week: Angel Peak Scenic Area