Visiting Eagle Nest is like a passport into the past. Cowboys, Indians, gold miners, saloons and Old West gunfights are all part of the colorful history of our area. This region used to be home to a number of boom towns inhabited by gold-seekers. Today, you can still try gold panning for some nuggets of your own.
The first residents here were Native American tribes who freely roamed in search of game to hunt. European prospectors started to arrive in the late 1850s, after gold was discovered in the region. At this time, the town was named “Therma,” in honor of the local postal inspector’s daughter. More than six million dollars’ worth of gold are estimated to have come from the mines and rivers here.
Ranchers began to move cattle into the open range at the tail end of the 1800s. By the early 1900s, the area had changed to focus primarily on ranching and farming. Some local ranchers, in conjunction with the Cimarron Valley Land Land Company, were granted a permit to impound the water of the Cimarron River for irrigation by building a dam. Built from 1916-1918, this dam led to the creation of Eagle Nest Lake. Once the local town started receiving mail addressed to the lake, they decided to rename their community after the lake - and so our village became Eagle Nest.
Average high temperatures in Eagle Nest reach only mid 80's degrees Fahrenheit in July, the warmest month of the year. Average lows dip to 0 degrees in January. The monthly precipitation average is 1.23 inches. Annual snowfall averages 30.9 inches.
Two public schools and one private school offer education to local students from pre-school up through twelveth grade. Cimarron High School is available within 40 minutes of town and Moreno Valley High School, a Charter School is in Angel Fire, only 9 miles south and ranked in the top 50 of charter schools in the US. Higher education is provided by three institutions that can be reached within an hour’s drive – New Mexico Highlands University, University of New Mexico - North Campus and Adams State College.
Eagle Nest Lake State Park is clearly the main attractions to our beautiful community. The lake is popular for boating and fishing pursuits in the summer, but also gets visitors interested in ice-fishing and snowmobiling during the winter. The waters are stocked with kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and others. Even the surrounding mountains are rich with wildlife such as elk, deer, turkey & bear, grouse and mountain lion. Even Bald Eagles can be seen soaring over Eagle Nest Lake.
Cimarron Canyon State Park is only three miles east of Eagle Nest. This park is largely popular for trout fishing. The Cimarron River and the two creeks that flow off from it are considered some of the top fly fishing rivers in the country. Numerous trails running throughout these 378 acres are ideal for hiking during the summer or snowshoeing in winter. With 94 developed campsites and an array of wildlife to view, this is a scenic escape into the beauty of nature.
Only a short 9 mile drive south you reach the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial State Park and Angel Fire Resort - A family oriented resort. Head 30 miles west of Eagle Nest to reach Taos, home of the Taos Ski Valley resort. Founded in 1955, this resort getaway has the highest-rated ski school in North America.
There’s even more to explore in the beautiful setting of Eagle Nest and the Enchanted Circle. Contact us today to learn more about the splendor of Moreno Valley and the properties we currently have available. We’re confident that we provide the help you need and desire. We would love to welcome you and share our quality of life with you.