Welcome to our little lodge by the Lake. We purchased this parcel as part of our long term retirement plans. The simple version is that we will someday retire to New Mexico and spend our summers here in Eagle Nest, while spending our winters somewhere in the southern portions of the state where the winters are warmer and the summers are too hot!
The area provides great summer weather for the many outdoor and family activities. The average daytime highs are in the mid-70s and evening lows in the 40s with low humidity. Fall is golden, brisk, and dry offering some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere.
During the winter, fantastic snow skiing is literally minutes from your door. Winter temperatures average lower-30's daytime to mid-teens in early morning. The average snowfall is 210" annually with snow typically on the ground at Halloween. Being a mountain community, don't be surprised to see snowfall on Memorial Day Weekend too!
We truly enjoy being out here and just sitting on the porch. We hope that you will too!
Jean and Don Embler
Eagle Nest/Moreno Valley history
The town of Eagle Nest was officially incorporated in 1976, the first town in America to be so noted in the Bi-Centennial year. The town's main street, Therma Drive, was named after the original Postmaster's daughter. The local population is 300 (2005).
Eagle Nest is located in the Moreno Valley in the midst of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nestled between the states two highest peaks - Baldy Mountain (12,441 feet) and Wheeler Peek (13,161 feet), it sits at the junction of US Hwy 64 and State Hwy 38.
High above sea level, at 8,300 feet, the village rests on the western slope of Baldy Mountain, an area rich in Gold Rush history. Before the miners, the area was called home by the Ute and Jicarilla Apache Indians.
In 1873 Charles and Frank Springer founded the CS Ranch on the banks of the Cimarron River and in 1907 they applied for a permit to build the Eagle Nest Dam. Finally, in 1916 construction on the dam was begun and was completed in 1918 to store the surplus waters of the Cimarron River for power plants, mining and irrigation. Most of the labor for building the dam was provided by the Taos Pueblo Indians. The largest privately constructed dam in the United States, the concrete structure is 400 feet wide, stands 140 feet above the river bed, and is 9.5 feet thick at its crest and 45.2 feet thick at its base.
Supposedly, eagles built nests on the sides of the new dam and that's how it got its name.