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Enchanted Circle Drive

Taos, NM
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Ranked #7 of 41 Attractions in Taos
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
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Owner description: Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The drive is only about 1 1/2 - 2 hours with just one town for stopping, food, etc. but nice turnoffs for hikes. We preferred the High Road to Taos that goes from Santa Fe via Trunchas and Chimayo to Taos.

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Pentwater, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Since we were staying in Angel Fire, it was an easy drive for us. We set out looking for a ghost town that we never found, not knowing we were on the Enchanted Circle Drive. Each small town has its points of pride. We were there in late October, so many of the leaves had already changed and fallen. I... More

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Denver
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We just happened upon the drive leaving the hot springs. Breath taking scenery, vista and valleys. what a unexpected treat

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
59 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

Disappointing drive. My wife renamed it boring circle. Some of the mountain passes were passable if you'll pardon the pun but we felt it was a waste of cheap petrol.

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Loudon, New Hampshire
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We loved the Vietnam Memorial in Angel Fire, spent time in Red River and the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument. Ended our day at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. When finishing up this trip, perfect place for lunch Taos Mesa Brewery just a few miles from the Bridge - OUTSTANDING Trip.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 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

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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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122 helpful votes 122 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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29 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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