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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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Coweta, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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
50 helpful votes 50 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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honolulu
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65 reviews 65 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It's a pleasant drive. 2-3 hours from Taos. Some nice views of mountains and ski villages but don't expect anything spectacular.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We included Taos Ski Valley, so it was a nice overview of the 3 ski areas - Taos, Red River and Angel Fire. It was a great ride with beautiful scenery, mountains and twisty roads, not too far between each area with several options for gas, food or other activities along the way. Definitely picturesque!

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I have just a couple of words for those very few reviewers who "poo-pooed" this drive, and these words would be censored by TA. It is a pleasant and worthwhile drive if for no other reason than to visit the magnificent Vietnam War Memorial. If you can't invest 2 hours of your life for this, then just go to the... More

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