Angel Peak Recreation Area
Angel Peak Recreation Area
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Joseph W
Albuquerque, NM527 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Solo
Wonderful 3 peaceful nights at Angel Peak campground near Bloomfield NM. Breathtaking views, unbelievable night skies, fantastic sunsets and very quite. Stayed three nights with my dog Brody. We hiked, explored and just enjoyed ourselves so much. Campsite has able 9 spots, no services.
Written June 21, 2020
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richard s
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Dirt /gravel road is passable for cars. Six miles each way with three view points. Each one was a different view of the Badlands. Some good photographic views. Toilets at each view site. Picnic tables with shade. We did not go to the end of the road to the camp sites. It was a Sunday so no large Gas Company trucks were on the road. If you are traveling on US 550 that passes by Ange Peak go check it out. To help you find it...Entrance and sign : Angel Peak Scenic Area is at milepost # 136. 15 miles south of Bloomfield New Mexico. Speed limit is 70 MPH. And you can easily miss the entrance.
Written October 21, 2023
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Christine W
Los Lunas, NM443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
We drove past the sign saying "scenic overlook" and I joked that unless the world drops off into a canyon, I can't imagine what would be over there to be scenic. We turned around to look just for something to do and I was forced to eat my words because that's exactly what happened; the world dropped off into a canyon and we were facing the most spectacular view of the Badlands I could ever imagine. The road was bumpy due to the construction trucks, but manageable and we only had a Volvo. There were restrooms, a shaded area with picnic tables and a constant breeze. I would be wary with small children as it is literally a drop off with no fencing but it does give you the opportunity to view different angles. Truly a breathtaking view of the Badlands.
Written October 1, 2014
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Greg T
Tsaile, AZ73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015
I stopped here on my way back from Albuquerque and was not disappointed. This is one of the local landmarks in the Farmington area that was on my "to do" list for the last 6 years. I only went as far as the first overlook, but the views of the rock formations in Kutz Canyon were vivid. The colors of the various rock layers rival those of the Painted Desert. There was a nice picnic area at the first overlook and the traditional outhouse. The turnoff has a sign, but it could be easy to miss. You want to head east on road 7175, which is between mileposts 136 and 137 on US 550. It's a relatively well-maintained gravel road, but it could be potentially difficult in wet weather. As others have mentioned, there are no amenities, bring your own water and toilet paper, and be sure to haul your trash back out. I intend to explore farther down the road to check out the other picnic areas soon.
Written October 15, 2015
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ExplorerOne
Minneapolis, MN270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
Angel Peak is definitely worth a stop for three reasons. First, along the hard-packed road of the recreation area are fine views of the finely eroded sandstone-capped mesas with colors reminiscent of The Badlands in South Dakota. Picnic areas are available for use to those day-users. It is feasible to hike into the sandstone mesas. However, if you ever hiked in The Badlands National Park you would find hiking here to be not so worth it either. Like a painting done in pointillism, Angel Peak area is better appreciated from a distance.

Second, aside from a few scenic spots along the hard-packed road, you can venture out deeper into the recreation area by doing some off-roading. It goes without saying that you would need a high clearance vehicle equipped with a 4x4. Though, frankly, I would rather do it in Canyonlands where the terrain is much more challenging with far more fantastic views.

And thirdly, this place has FREE camp sites available. Now who could resist such a perk? There are only a few sites, maybe 10 or less, but I always found a spot to tuck myself in, with more to spare. The campground is primitive but it is not that primitive. It has vault toilets, fire grill, and picnic tables. Also, it seems that people who came here to camp were experienced campers. Thank goodness!!! There was no loud talking on both times I came here. And the campers with generators were considerate enough to actually turn them off even before the 10 pm mark. That I very much appreciated! And I bet so would you. Plus, perhaps there are about three camp sites situated with fine views of Angel Peak. (The first time I came, I managed to get one of the spots. This time, not so lucky.) Oh, before I forget, do put your food items back into your trunk. There are coyotes here. And rabbits that would dare sneak into your food stuff and haul away a few goodies.

How to get here: From Bloomfield, drive south along US Hwy 550 for about 15 miles. The signed entrance is on your left.
Written April 1, 2015
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Never_Home_9
Albuquerque, NM68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
Took the dirt road about 1 1/2 miles off the Highway between Bloomfield and Cuba. Road was so full of washboard bumps that it felt like you might loose any fillings on the way. All of a sudden the road ends on a mesa edge and it seems like the world just opened up. The badlands are laid out before you in a super fashion. Well worth the few moments it takes to get there and you really should go. The Painted Desert in Az. is similar in view but this is more unusual. 15 Minutes out of your day for a sight you will not forget.
Written July 22, 2014
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Charlotte S
Kemah, TX78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Made a stop here on the way to Colorado. No big signage pointing the way and a gravel road. You could see nothing from the main highway. We almost turned around but then decided to go just a little farther. We were so glad we did. A badlands style canyon. Nobody else around. Picnics tables, restrooms. Beautiful desolate place.
Written September 15, 2013
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JcqieA
Houston, TX95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The drive off of 550 to Angel Peak recreation area is dirt and washboard. As we were entering the road there were a number of large trucks coming out. The recent sale of BLM oil exploration rights has caused a flurry of activity in this area. From the Angel peak viewpoints you can see all the roads that have been built in the bottom of these Badlands.
Written July 2, 2019
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Karen L
Tularosa, NM5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Lived in four corners area for two years and while could see the Peak from our window never made it out there until today. Probably the most breathtaking views in the area and from what we can see of the log book, vastly under-visited by the locals. While the road is a bit washboard rough for the first 1/2 mile the road after that is fine small gravel that appears well kept. Want to emphasize that many of the picnic sites are accessible as are the vault toilets (bring your own paper and wipes).

Many clean, sturdy picnic casitas and fire rings for grilling are strategically set for expansive views at every turn. While there are no marked trails beyond short rock lined paths along the rim, there is enough openness that one can sight along the hoodoos and cliffs to find a way. The campground is a mix of well-spaced sites, of which some are large enough for a larger camper. Level wide sites could be accessible and baths are as well. There are clean (but not always papered) vault toilets at both picnic areas and campgound (primitive). Of course, not a drop of water beyond the snow clinging tenaciously to the north face will be found so be sure to BYOW and of course, leave this place cleaner than you found it.
Written November 22, 2014
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TexasTravelerGoGo
Santa Fe, NM330 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Angel Peak is off of US Highway 550 about 15 miles south of Bloomfield. The turnoff is on to County Road 7175. This is a very well-maintained gravel road that will take you to the campground and the end of the road in about 7 miles. There are three picnic areas along the way to the top. The first of these is reached only a mile up the road which is the first place that the views start to open up of the badlands. Of course the reason to do this drive is the very impressive views of the vast badlands formations. The only thing distracting from these views are the many oil and gas wells scattered throughout. They are are noise as well as a visual annoyance, but tolerable when you consider the nation's need for energy. There are numerous places to stop and take a short walk and enjoy the view, but there are no major established hiking trails. The experience is hampered by trash left by thoughtless visitors. There are numerous vault toilets along the drive. The free campground is at the end of the road. It has a couple of sites that will accommodate larger RV's but it is primarily a tent campground. There is no water or dump station available, so, if you are camping, you will want to bring everything you need and haul everything back out. It is well worth a couple of hours to explore.
Written November 12, 2014
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