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Enchanted Circle Drive

Taos, NM
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Ranked #6 of 41 Attractions in Taos
Type: Scenic Drives
Description: Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos.
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Delray Beach, Florida
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502 reviews 502 reviews
238 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Worth the extra drive. About 10 miles outside of Taos in the country. Looks like a mini Grand Canyon.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Drive across the bridge to the picnic area, it is a better place for good view of the bridge with photo.

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Albuquerque, NM
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7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Scenery was stunning. Wheeler Peak was snow covered, and the aspens were in their full glory. Amazing fall pageantry everywhere! This is a beautiful day trip from Taos any time, but fall really is spectacular. Make sure you bring your camera.

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Grapeview, Washington
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This looks like it would be a beautiful drive any time, but we were able to drive it at the peak of the fall colors. It was stunning with the aspens and cottonwoods mixed in among the evergreens. Many of the forest service campgrounds were closed for camping but its worth parking at one or more and walking back into... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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169 reviews 169 reviews
29 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The aspens turn golden the first couple of weeks in October. The slightest breeze creates a golden blizzard. I prefer going north from Taos through Questa (visit the Wild Rivers Rec Area a little north of Questa). Stop in Red River for a meal then head east then south to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial State Park in Angel Fire. After... More

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Pineville, Louisiana
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

If you come up from Taos on Hwy 64 it is curvy but not scary. Once you reach Angel Fire it is a clean little town. Stop at the Shell station if you need info nice people. There is a great Vietnam Veterans memorial between Angel fire and Eagles Nest. Follow Hwy 38 through Red River a great place to... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a circle car route up through the mountains and valleys. Nice scenery and towns. Stop and have lunch in Red River if you like. I made a side trip to Cimmaron to see remnants of old west town. Pass through a state park with impressive cliffs on the way there. Classic must see hotel from 1860's or so... More

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OKC
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Enchanted Circle drive was absolutely beautiful during September 2014. We rose to 9800 feet and the scenery is superb. Stop at Shotgun Willie's in Red River NM for lunch. They are fast and the food was great! Overall a very picturesque drive. About 87 miles round trip which isn't too long.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The Enchanted Circle is a very pleasant drive through the mountains north of Taos. The entire circle only takes 3-4 hours and goes through several nice little towns. We had been worried about finding food or gas along the way, but this was not a problem at all. Be especially careful driving between Angel Fire and Taos as this is... More

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Pennylvania
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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

After hearing about the Enchanted Circle drive for years, I finally did it. It was certainly lovely and interesting - but I have to say it didn't live up to the hype in my book. There are lots of drives as pretty. But I'm still glad to have done it and recommend it to people visiting Taos.

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