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Enchanted Circle Drive

Address: Taos, NM
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Ranked #6 of 36 Attractions in Taos
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Owner description: Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Owner description: Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos.
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San Diego, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We found ourselves in our rental car alone on this lovely highway that truly was enchanting. We drove through an old abandoned mining town, passing by lakes and forests and lovely mountain ranges. We took a break by stopping in Red River, which was so charming. As I was getting out of the car and looking past the old school... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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242 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Owing to lousy time-budgeting on my part, our experience with the Enchanted Circle Drive was confined to segments close to Taos. We did see enough of this scenic drive to convince us we should return for more. We’ll look forward to doing the entire loop, plus the Angel Fire and Taos Ski Valley spurs, the next time we’re in this... More 

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Oklahoma City
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We started out from Angel Fire - first top Red River which is a really neat and cozy little town even though it is pretty touristy. The locals are very friendly and welcoming and we found several good stores. J Griffin, (gas station but has wonderful and totally unexpected gift store), Bear Xing (fab wooden carved bears and other sundry... More 

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114 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This circular drive is pretty self explanatory. You can either do clockwise or other way from Taos. This scenic drive is mainly for scenery and you will see different terrain as you climb up altitude; changing from typical NM high desert to Aspen and snow capped mountains. Just check road condition before the trip. We saw some wildlife near the... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
60 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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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176 helpful votes 176 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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