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Enchanted Circle Drive

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Address: Taos, NM
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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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Pleasant drive

A very nice scenic drive through the mountains NE of Taos when the roads are clear, Road in good condition

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Colleen M
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Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very nice scenic drive through the mountains NE of Taos when the roads are clear, Road in good condition

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I travel this circle about twice a month doing insurance work ...and better than that, we live on it between Taos and Angel Fire. We have the best job ever!!!! You have to take it easy after a snow, but the roads are quickly cleared by New Mexico's road department and the scenery is just so beautiful.... More 

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Southern USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

This was a beautiful drive on a cloudless, warm October morning. The scenery was lovely and there were still areas of bright yellow fall color. We passed interesting old buildings, houses, small towns and it seemed there was something new at each turn. We had to make a u-turn to explore and photograph an old deserted homestead with outbuildings. This... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

If you are visiting Taos you must do the Enchanted Circle Drive. The scenery along the 90 mile route never gets boring. We did not do a lot of stops in the towns and the trip took us 3+ hours as we detoured to Ski Valley. Also, do not miss the Vietnam Memorial just outside of Angel Fire. It is... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Start out at the Taos Pueblo then make your way to the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge. Then you are off into the mountains to see some amazing scenery ! Please stop and visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Angel Fire and be so kind as to leave a donation. Then you are back in Taos. Take your time, its a... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

My Lonely Planet book recommended this drive and I am very glad I took it. Starting out from Taos, you drive through several small towns and excellent scenery through the mountains. Especially enjoyed Red River with its cool downtown area and funky shops. Saw bighorn sheep on the drive and going in the fall made for beautiful colors with the... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Every turn and curve was beautiful. Little towns excellent. War Memorial in Angel Fire a must visit. Red Rive and Eagles Next very quaint. Take your time and enjoy God's Country.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Take the time to do the circle drive. Beautiful scenery, quant little towns and excellent mountain views

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Even if you don't stop at any of the many towns, the scenery is worth the drive. Not many choices for lunch in end of October but the changing leaves made up for it.

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La Junta, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We have driven all around the northern New Mexico area, but not the Enchanted Circle. We left Questa and drove east, through Angel Fire and onward to meet up with the high road to Taos. We stopped in Mora, NM then onto Penasco, NM through Ojo Sarco, Dixon and onto Taos. It was a casual, colorful and often dazzling drive.... More 

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