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Enchanted Circle Drive

Taos, NM
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Ranked #7 of 40 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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St. Charles, MO
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Drove the circle. Did not see any wildlife. Should have done more research before taking the drive to see what sights or trails were available before going. We did see prairie dogs at the Angle Fire visitors center.

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We drove from Taos east toward Angel Fire. Absolutely beautiful through Red River and on to Questa. We stopped at the Vietnam Memorial to pay our respects. South of Questa back to Taos isn't as scenic as the rest of the drive but well worth the time.

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

pleasant drive, it was fairly quiet for a Sunday afternoon, stopped in red river to get something to drink... felt like a strange time warp exists here :) the scenery is breath taking and the clouds here are really something else, very enjoyable drive and highly recommend driving this loop.

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Coweta, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Can just drive it in two and a half or so, or stop at the towns and resorts and take all day. Many varied views of mountains and high pains. Drive opposite direction next day to get different trip. Hit the 4x4 trails around Red River to see views you can't get from highway

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Amarillo, TX
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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This drive is lovely. We camped off a forest road near Red River next to a lake. It was tucked away in the mountains and we were so glad we went on the adventure. During the summer the rainclouds are beautiful against the green hills and red dirt. LOVELY. If you make it to Red River from Taos (either way),... More

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Beecher, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

90 mile drive through the mountains. Beautiful scenery. We took about 2 1/2 hours just driving through the area. The highlight was the Vietnam Memorial State Park.

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Lexington KY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A lot of our friends who went to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, drove on around the Enchanted Circle or at least to Red River, where they had lunch and then turned around and came back. The Red River Gorge is not to be missed.

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Russellville, Arkansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Lots of scenic beauty on this drive, but you need to plan to spend the whole day. Get an early start.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A very beautiful and peaceful drive which takes you through desert and then to high mountains. Takes you through some incredible small towns (Red River is awesome). We were stunned by the views and environments we went through. So happy we made this drive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Drove through this area with my wife and three girls ages 6-12. My kids put down their gadgets the whole drive through and really paid attention to the awesome scenery. We stopped at quite a few places to run around and take pics. You must stop at the Enchanted Circle Pottery. MINDBLOWN!

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