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“A great half-day drive”

Ranked #6 of 100 things to do in Taos
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Owner description: Scenic drive that circles through the Carson National Forest, north and east of Taos.
Reviewed August 10, 2013

The Enchanted Circle Drive is a delightful way to see the area around Taos and there are a number of great places to shop and eat along the way. But the best part is the amazing views!

Thank Jill B
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is a truly beautiful drive. People tell you it is only a few hours, but it took us most of the day. The views are awesome. We stopped several times just to admire the views. If you go early in the day, the only sound you will hear is the barking of the prairie dogs. We went from south to north, and ended up at a really great restaurant in Red River. Would definitely make this drive again.

1  Thank Kimberly S
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Great for a leisurely drive. You can hit Angel Fire, Red River and Taos Sky Valley around the Circle. Beautiful scenery.

Thank taosbound
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The enchanted circle drive, going counter clockwise, starts with driving from Taos to Angel Fire. This is a steep and winding climb. In Angel Fire there is a really touching Vietnam Veteran's memorial as well as several decent places to eat and buy T shirts or other souvenirs. The circle continues with Angel Fire to Eagles Nest, which has many nice ranches and homes to see while driving along the valley. Be sure and stop in Red River, a lovely ski and summer cottage village with a nice main street full of places to have a beverage on a patio and people watch. After Red River, you do pass a big mine, which is not the most scenic part of the drive, but does answer the question "what do these people do for a living way up here?". Questa is the next town, with a few shops, and then it is down the mountain to the Rio Grande valley and into Taos. The drive can take three hours or all day, your choice. All in all, a day well spent.

2  Thank bobkatran
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I have rented my bike a gearup here in Taos ( a hybrid) and left east direction to eagle nest .... I was amazed by the changes jn nature, the trees, lakes, vast flat areas, vietnam memorial, little local stores. .... I also enjoyed the friendliness of all people I met during my trip. Local people yelling to me " the other direction goes better", while climbing up with an inclination of 8 % ... And while sitting on a terrace and from a visual perspective looking like a cyclist, all questions and remarks referring to my trip ... The roads are not always 'ready for a bicycle' .. But 90% is for sure. Do not do this if you are untrained in whatever sport. It is pretty steep here and there ... 30 miles is going up, 25 miles is flat and 30 miles is going down ... 85 miles in alternating order .... Coming back to Taos, with a soft drink on a terrace ... What a day

Thank JoostS_NL2013
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