Expansive yet private ranch

A horse property in Black Lake is a homestead of retreat and recreation


The Village of Angel Fire is an active, year-found resort town. As a popular destination, the Angel Fire Airport has a jet-capable runway for private aircraft. To the south, about 20 minutes away, lies the exclusive Black Lake neighborhood. 

With sweeping, uninterrupted views of the Wheeler Peak mountain range and open meadows all around, herds of elk regularly graze on the opposite side of the fence line.

“One thing about this property is that you don’t hear traffic at all. And we’re only two miles from the main road. Even though I have neighbors, it doesn’t feel like it. The home and the way the property is situated, it is very private. At night I can only see one light off in the distance,” said Smith.

The home and its surrounding property are perfect family reunions and large events, as it is spacious and accommodating.

Qualifying broker Catherine Moon of RE/MAX Mountain Realty said, “You can make this into your own compound.”

One of the property’s most appealing features is the rustic, outside dining area, which is the natural gathering place between the main log home and the bunkhouse. There’s even an RV hookup station off to the side of the bunkhouse. Guests can stay all around the property and gravitate to this gathering spot for meals and together time.

Smith said, “We call this the John Wayne cookout area,” while pointing to an image of the Duke nailed above the prep station.

Ample tree canopies provide cool shades in the summers and a roaring fire pit is a cozy spot for all to gather in the cool evenings under the starry sky.

The home is so perfect for entertaining that Smith hosted the opening night of the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup.

Krysty Ronchetti, the public relations manager for Angel Fire Resort, filled us in on the details.

“The opening night event was held at Karen Smith’s house. It was a VIP, invite-only party that was closed to the public. There were over 100 people. Tickets weren’t sold for this event. We were trying to feature the best views in the area including Black Lake. Her ranch provided a unique venue that offered something different,” said Ronchetti.

Even though there are many beautiful homes in the area, Smith’s ranch was the perfect spot for the kickoff. Ronchetti explained, “The outdoor venue was large enough for the tent. She also had the space for the fire pit and access to an amazing kitchen for our chefs to prep their dishes.” 

For horse lovers, the real estate listing notes that “this is horse country with endless room to ride and explore.” The main home and bunkhouse are uphill from the horse barn, so you can sit under the covered porch that runs the entire length of the house and watch the beauty of your horses. When you’re ready to ride, the property adjoins New Mexico State land and has a private, direct entry gate.

The stables have three stalls and three fenced areas to separate horses. There is a tack room, grain storage and large, covered area with outdoor seating and big views, to hang out after a long ride. 

A two-car carport welcomes family and friends into a mudroom, making the home great for year-round entertaining, like skiing over the holidays.

“We love to cook and entertain right here in the great room,” said Smith. “After dinner, the men may choose to stay in here while the women head to the outer room with the views of Wheeler.”

The rustic design of the house, and surrounding cottonwoods, ponderosa pines, and aspens give the home the feel of a lodging in a national park. Indeed Moon calls the house “grand but cozy.”

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Catherine Moon, Qualifying Broker

RE/MAX Mountain Realty

3655 Mountain View Blvd., Angel Fire, NM 87710


Cell phone: (505) 795-3773