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Enchanted Circle Drive

Taos, NM
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Ranked #7 of 39 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Wonderful daylight drive from Historic Taos through Questa, by molybdenum mine, Red River fishing/ski resort, Eagle Nest, near Angelfire, and back to Taos. Leave early so you have time to explore and stop for refreshment!

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Bath, Maine
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

My husband wanted to do this trip me not so much. Once we got going it was great fabulous views but scary drop offs. We had just come from Maine so I was trying to get away from winter and here we were driving through snow again. Well worth the trip.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Lacks the culture of Taos it's self but the scenario in spectacular. The transition from the high desert of Taos to the high alpine setting of most of the circle and then back down into the desert is just amazing. Not many great restaurants along the way but plenty in Taos. On our trip we saw a coyote and 3... More

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Santa Paula, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our drive on the Enchanted Circle Drive. We got a bit of a late start on this drive and almost turned back at Eagle's Nest. We really enjoyed the drive to Eagle's Nest...saw a few bald eagles which was really cool! We stopped in Eagle's Nest and told the gal who owned an antique store (she was... More

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Vidor, Texas
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Nice mix of spring and winter to see. Snow and frozen ponds, but not so cold that it's miserable. Very pretty around Red River ski area. Lots of touristy places to stop and stretch. Don't know that it's 'enchanted', but it was a nice scenic drive.

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Petaluma, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
16 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We enjoyed this three hour loop around Taos, particularly with sunny weather. If you have the time and are tired of browsing the galleries and gift shops, head out on 64 East and enjoy the ride. We stopped at Red River and had lunch - that seemed about the halfway mark. We saw elk and bighorn sheep along the road.... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Visiting in November, some things were closed and some things weren't open for winter business yet. The Enchanted Circle Drive, filled time, gave us a chance to see the drastic variations in the land and be a tourist. We headed southwest out of town and did the loop counter clock wise toward Angel Fire. Our first stop was some learning... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A must do if you are visiting Taos. our first stop was the Taos Pueblo and then continued on to the Rio Grand bridge. You can take your time if you like the full circle making stops will take you approximately 4 hours. From the Rio Grand bridge we continued to Red River. On our way up to the mountains... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We enjoyed the 122 mile circle drive outside of Taos. Questa is the first "town" on the Circle drive located at the confluence of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers. As you turn right towards Red River, you experience a lovely ride through the Canyon with aspen, ponderosa pine, spruce, cottonwood trees and a gurgling river. What you also come... More

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Brooklyn, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We didn't really make any stops along the way but really enjoyed the changing scenery as we drove. It was nice to experience some true solitude and we even saw a bit of wildlife-- a wild turkey and a coyote!

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