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Address: Taos, NM
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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Beautiful scenery everywhere. Ate po' boys at Texas Red's Steakhouse, a place with genuine ambience!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Lebanon, Tennessee
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Lebanon, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful scenery everywhere. Ate po' boys at Texas Red's Steakhouse, a place with genuine ambience!

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New Jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I was there when there was snow in the mountains. It was incredibly beautiful. You can drive for miles and not see another car, but you can see wild goats and deer. There are several towns along the Circle where you can stop to eat and shop. I stopped in Red River, which I found to be serene with friendly... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

When visiting Taos, it's well worthwhile to explore the Enchanted Circle Drive. If you're in search of a meal, stop in Red River a small town that caters to skiers in winter, hikers in summer, and tourists all year round. While small, there are a surprising number of small restaurants and shops along the main road waiting to be explored.... More 

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Oklahoma City, OK
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220 reviews 220 reviews
124 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The Enchanted Circle Drive is an 85-mile scenic byway connecting Taos and Wuesta with the mountain resort communities of Red River is a great way to spend the day if you are in Taos or Red River. There are many points of interest along the way so you can spend as much time as you would like! We started in... More 

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NYC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Enjoyed the drive, although it didn't quite live up to expectations from some of the reviews. Did the drive on the later part of our trip,maybe we got spoiled by all the beautiful scenery we had seen already. First time in New Mexico. If you're in the general area I'd recommend it, but don't go way out of your way.... More 

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Harrison, Arkansas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Driving the EC is a must. You will see some jaw-dropping mountain scenery and have the opportunity to shop, eat, and sightsee in small mountain towns and villages. If you're on the drive at the right time and season, you're likely to see some of the four-legged inhabitants. We never fail to drive the Enchanted Circle multiple times during every... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The first part, to Arroyo Hondo, is flat, kind of boring, but when you turn up into the mountains, it becomes much more scenic. With snow on the mountains and good-sized patches along the road, it was especially pretty. The lower return road, US 64, was interesting and scenic in its own way.

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Taos, New Mexico
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114 reviews 114 reviews
20 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is a terrific drive for locals as well as tourists! A must for anyone! Be sure to stop in Red River if you want some old time culture. I remember going there as a child and it really hasn't changed much since then. Still the old "Western, Mining town it always was. I like all the seasons but winter... More 

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dallas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We spent a couple of hours on this drive, as we wanted to see new areas, in particular Red River. The drive to Red River from Taos was O.K. We also enjoyed the rest of the trip to Angel Fire and back to Taos.

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Oklahoma
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Angelfire, Eagle Nest, Red River, and part of the valley. Good Vistas. It is what I came for. Can't comment much more.

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