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Enchanted Circle Drive

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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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Several hours of tranquil beauty

The circle takes you through Angel Fire and Red River. Beautiful scenery on the winding road. So take your time, have a picnic, enjoy the beauty of the river, mountain and towns.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Dianne W
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Sugar Land, Texas
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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The circle takes you through Angel Fire and Red River. Beautiful scenery on the winding road. So take your time, have a picnic, enjoy the beauty of the river, mountain and towns.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for beautiful scenery or wildlife, this drive has it all! On this drive, we have seen bighorn sheep, a couple of prairie dog colonies, and the most enormous herd of Elk you can imagine! This trip we saw a heard of at least 150 - 200 cows and babies.... right off the side of the road.... More 

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Abilene
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed taking the Enchanted Circle drive with its mountain towns and lovely scenery including snow-capped mountains, gorgeous wildflowers and rushing streams.

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Westminster, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I used to think of New Mexico as a dry and arid land without lush vegetation and mountain vistas and while the desert has it's own beauty I prefer the former. The enchanted circle changed my perception. We were on a 5 day motorcycle tour with Taos as our base. The high mountains and sweeping views were nothing short of... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This drive is chock full of scenic attractions from the mountains and the mesa to the small towns that dot the route. Stopping in Red River for breakfast was perfect. The town is a ski town, but has summer activities, too. Really cute. The eastern part of the drive is better than the western side, so if you have limited... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Daughter and I drove it on a beautiful June day. If you are acclimated to the altitude, there are many inviting, beautiful spots to go hiking. Just make sure you have plenty of water along, too. The towns along the way offer a bit of shopping and eating opportunities, if you are also inclined. No matter what, just be prepared... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is such a beautiful drive. The are many state parks and forest parks along the way. Creeks, waterfalls, elk, mule deer, prairie dogs and trails are abundant. This time of year (June), my husband and I enjoy the hiking. During the winter we enjoy snow skiing in Red River, Angel Fire and Taos.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

The Enchanted Circle Byway is an 84 mile drive encircling Mt. Wheeler, the highest peak in New Mexico. It involves driving through high country over 10,000 feet as well as through magnificent valleys and connects Taos, Red River, Eagle Nest, and Angel Fire. Beautiful scenery although we preferred the equally scenic High Road to Taos. But if you have the... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is a nice ride around the Taos are. There are several towns and related that you can stop, shop or take in sights. This is a much better road trip than the High Road to Taos

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Southwold, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We started off in Taos, visiting the Rio Grande Bridge, Red River and Eagles Nest. We passed through some great scenery, climbing to 10000 feet as we went throuh bobcat pass after leaving Red River. we were in Red River for the Memorial Day Motorcycle Ralley, great day

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Address: Address: Taos, NM
Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Taos County  >  Taos

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