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Beautiful Drive

Made this drive in long day from Taos, along with a side trip to Cimarron. Many interesting stops... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dennis B
We love this drive!

The drive goes through high desert, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, each area uniquely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carol W
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Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Made this drive in long day from Taos, along with a side trip to Cimarron. Many interesting stops along the way, including Angel Fire and Red River. The scenery is amazing. The side trip from Eagles Nest to Cimarron and back went through the area...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive goes through high desert, mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, each area uniquely beautiful. Red River is a fun town for shopping and for area outdoor adventures. Has a great brewery. We try to also stop at Comanche Creek Brewery along the way! A...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the ride early in the morning as we were heading to Raton. I wish we would have planned our trip a little better because there were a number of areas that I would have like to have spent more time looking at like...More

1  Thank erodrig26
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Angel Fire and Red River are winter skiing destinations and Angel Fire a summer spot for golf, zip lining and mountain biking as well as horseback riding. Continue on to Eagle Nest and maybe fish in the lake. See Wheeler Peak, tallest New Mexico mountain...More

1  Thank 310ralphs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must stop and visit the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Angel Fire, unbelievable tribute to the Veteran's

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did this trip in late Aug, heading clockwise from Tesuque. Decided to tack on Cimarron, making this a full 7-hour day, with only bathroom stops. Totally worth it to get a full appreciation for this varied, lovely landscape. So much variation! High desert/scrub brush,...More

1  Thank World_Traveler_Food
Reviewed August 14, 2018

We like to take this drive in the fall, when the aspen leaves are in full color. It is very pretty & makes for a nice day. We always carry a picnic lunch, as there aren't many places to stop for a bite to eat...More

Thank Teresa G
Reviewed August 4, 2018

We drove the Enchanted Circle as a day trip from Santa Fe. It is a winding, beautiful drive through the Carson National Forest circling Wheeler Peak which rises from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at the peak of the mountain. The cities in the circle...More

1  Thank JanSD2013
Reviewed July 22, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed this drive immensely as the scenery was beautiful and varied and despite being peak tourist season there was little traffic. Red River, at about the halfway point has a lot of restaurants and activities if you need to pit stop.

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Reviewed July 18, 2018

Kudos to the engineers of this bridge - but nature wins! Stunning views and I understand the gorge here is around 600 feet deep.

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Response from 310ralphs | Reviewed this property |
The only real climb and descent is from Taos to Eagle Nest. There are not "sheer" drop-offs but you go up and over; there are guard rails, particularly on the Eagle Nest side where you drive down a heavily forested road. Not... More
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Response from Tim L | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember the hwy route numbers but the last weeks of September are the time to see the Aspens and I guarantee that they will take your breath away. The Aspen leaves spin like new copper pennies in the breeze. And... More
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