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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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The pictured bridge is NOT on the enchanted circle, but west of Taos

First, I note that one of the photos attached is not on the enchanted circle, but rather the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge west of Taos. But back to the trip. We found it to be a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
CrankyOldGuy
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Texas

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First, I note that one of the photos attached is not on the enchanted circle, but rather the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge west of Taos. But back to the trip. We found it to be a great day trip from Taos. The drive climbs north of Taos to Questa and then east to Red River - which is a ski... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always make the circle every visit to Taos. Scenic circle with refreshing views along the way. Be sure to take in the Vietnam memorial and wonderful views from it! Have lunch in Red River or a great lunch at the dinner in Questa with all the locals. Fishing lake by Questa is great place to pull up your chair and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoy this drive for the day with stops - in Red River for sure to shop and eat lunch if you are coming from Taos - I would start going the east route thru Eagle Nest and then Red River for a bite. It is only an hour drive from RR back south to Taos and the view is not... More 

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Thank sctexas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you find yourself in the Taos area and have a few hours to spare, this drive is a must-do. Wonderful vistas of the many wide open spaces, beautiful mountains and green meadows. The cleanest air anywhere!

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Thank Kelly and Dave J
Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove the enchanted circle. It was a great drive with lots of spectacular scenery. The north side of the loop has a ski town called Red River which is super touristy. The East side of the loop has Eagle's Nest, which is a beautiful little town on a lake and a good place to stretch your legs and take... More 

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Thank magaggiemay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Free too! It is less than 15 minutes from town. Once again, lots of people trying to sell you junk. Great photo op!

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We vacation by motorcycle and this route is a Must Do for anyone visiting the Taos area. The scenery is excellent and roads are a pleasure to ride!

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stunning views of the high country. Saw big horn sheep and deer along the way. Red River is a cool town and also visit the Vietnam Memorial along the way

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Golden, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Th drive was good, with valleys and high mountains snd a creek next to most of the drive. The ski town was very scenic, in the style of Switzerland. It passed a molybdenum mine and quaint small towns. For large city residents it would be very relaxing, especialy in May it is very green.

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New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great photos, even from a cell phone. Easy drive, much can be seen and enjoyed from the car. There is a convenient rest area and park near the bridge which provide easy parking to get out an enjoy. Too much beauty....

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