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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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A nice diversion

We spent a couple of hours on this drive, as we wanted to see new areas, in particular Red River. The drive to Red River from Taos was O.K. We also enjoyed the rest of the trip... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
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dallas
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92 reviews 92 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We spent a couple of hours on this drive, as we wanted to see new areas, in particular Red River. The drive to Red River from Taos was O.K. We also enjoyed the rest of the trip to Angel Fire and back to Taos.

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Oklahoma
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Angelfire, Eagle Nest, Red River, and part of the valley. Good Vistas. It is what I came for. Can't comment much more.

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Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Filled with wonderful scenery and amazing views, the Enchanted Circle Tour is something everyone should experience when visiting the Taos or northern New Mexico area.

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ASSARIA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The communities are nice but the road is very long. The locals say that wildlife is plentiful at dusk.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Loved the circle tour! Went in December had to watch for shaded icy spots, was a great ride! My favorite was from Angel Fire to Taos, lots of curves and minimal ice.

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San Diego, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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436 reviews 436 reviews
245 attraction reviews
206 helpful votes 206 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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403 reviews 403 reviews
122 attraction reviews
876 helpful votes 876 helpful votes
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
38 helpful votes 38 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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