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Enchanted Circle Drive

Taos, NM
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Ranked #6 of 39 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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Herndon, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

This drive was a beautiful and easily do-able drive in three hours. We did not make any real stops except for photographs until Arroyo Hondo hot springs. We experienced spring warmth and spring snow over the course of the drive, and were lucky to see mountain goats and lots of prairie dogs. Unfortunately , or fortunately, most of the town... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Beautiful scenery changing as you go around. We spent most of the day on this drive, but we made several stops to take pictures, taste beer, eat lunch.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Wonderful daylight drive from Historic Taos through Questa, by molybdenum mine, Red River fishing/ski resort, Eagle Nest, near Angelfire, and back to Taos. Leave early so you have time to explore and stop for refreshment!

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Bath, Maine
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

My husband wanted to do this trip me not so much. Once we got going it was great fabulous views but scary drop offs. We had just come from Maine so I was trying to get away from winter and here we were driving through snow again. Well worth the trip.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Lacks the culture of Taos it's self but the scenario in spectacular. The transition from the high desert of Taos to the high alpine setting of most of the circle and then back down into the desert is just amazing. Not many great restaurants along the way but plenty in Taos. On our trip we saw a coyote and 3... More

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Santa Paula, CA
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our drive on the Enchanted Circle Drive. We got a bit of a late start on this drive and almost turned back at Eagle's Nest. We really enjoyed the drive to Eagle's Nest...saw a few bald eagles which was really cool! We stopped in Eagle's Nest and told the gal who owned an antique store (she was... More

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Vidor, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Nice mix of spring and winter to see. Snow and frozen ponds, but not so cold that it's miserable. Very pretty around Red River ski area. Lots of touristy places to stop and stretch. Don't know that it's 'enchanted', but it was a nice scenic drive.

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Petaluma, California
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16 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We enjoyed this three hour loop around Taos, particularly with sunny weather. If you have the time and are tired of browsing the galleries and gift shops, head out on 64 East and enjoy the ride. We stopped at Red River and had lunch - that seemed about the halfway mark. We saw elk and bighorn sheep along the road.... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Visiting in November, some things were closed and some things weren't open for winter business yet. The Enchanted Circle Drive, filled time, gave us a chance to see the drastic variations in the land and be a tourist. We headed southwest out of town and did the loop counter clock wise toward Angel Fire. Our first stop was some learning... More

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Florida
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144 reviews 144 reviews
36 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

A must do if you are visiting Taos. our first stop was the Taos Pueblo and then continued on to the Rio Grand bridge. You can take your time if you like the full circle making stops will take you approximately 4 hours. From the Rio Grand bridge we continued to Red River. On our way up to the mountains... More

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