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Enchanted Circle Drive

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Address: , Taos, NM
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Description: Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and...
Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos.
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Off the chart beautiful heading to Eagle's Nest through Angel Fire

We drove only half the Enchanted Circle on the south side. It was beautiful. Some sections are slow which was fine for me but not for the others (I assume locals) that wanted to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Albert008
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We drove only half the Enchanted Circle on the south side. It was beautiful. Some sections are slow which was fine for me but not for the others (I assume locals) that wanted to drive faster. The approach to Eagles Nest was so magnificent we just laughed: like driving in a Post Card.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Completed the Enchanted Circle Drive during our Fall vacation 2014. Great roads, great vistas, a stunning example of a great drive that includes varied terrain and beautiful high valley mountain scenery.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Enchanted Circle Drive is a great day trip through some of northern New Mexico's most beautiful mountain areas. Quaint villages and some nice small towns.

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Spicewood, Texas
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Beautiful drive. Although the gorge is not really a part of the drive, do take the "detour" north of Taos to the rio grande gorge bridge. My favorite part of the circles is from the town of Red River to the Vietnam Nam Memorial. Another recommended is a detour at Eagles Nest to fish the streams in the park just... More 

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Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

New Mexico is beautiful however the Enchanted Circle Drive was a clever chamber of commerce scheme to get people to drive to dead uninteresting ski towns durning the summer.

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Ashland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We've driven this both clockwise & counterclockwise from Taos, and recommend counterclockwise, going first toward Angel Fire. The Vietnam memorial on the hill near Angel Fire is very moving if you take some time in the excellent visitor center. There are several hikes near here with trailheads along the road; get directions ahead of time from the visitor center. Red... More 

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Lampasas
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We had a couple of hours before we could check in to our hotel, so we drove this scenic loop to while the time away. The elevation is constantly changing and some stretches wind around tight curves continuously. The scenery is very different on the north and south sides of the loop and there is always something new and different... More 

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is really a beautiful drive with diverse landscape as you go. We didn't make many stops along the way because we started in the afternoon. I think it would be great to take the day and take your time on this drive. The small towns of Angel Fire, Eagles Nest, and Red River would be great places to explore... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

my niece was afraid to get out of the car, but the rest of us had a fun time. some vendors around if you want to buy from them. they didn't bother us. place makes you wonder about all the water that made the canyon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

My husband and our 2 sons, aged 23 and 20, took this beautiful drive. There were several stops along the way, so it broke up the trip nicely. The scenery was amazing and the little towns of Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire made for a nice, relaxing 1/2 day trip.

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