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“Fun Drive in NM High Country”

Ranked #5 of 102 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 January 1, 2014

We enjoyed the 122 mile circle drive outside of Taos. Questa is the first "town" on the Circle drive located at the confluence of the Rio Grande and Red Rivers. As you turn right towards Red River, you experience a lovely ride through the Canyon with aspen, ponderosa pine, spruce, cottonwood trees and a gurgling river. What you also come across is Chevron's molybdenum mine which looms over the mountain village. The history of the mine, in use since 1916, is both interesting and controversial. Recently Chevron filed suit against the US government to pay for its fair share of the government mandated clean up required.

Red River itself is a charming little town started in the 1920s and 30s as a mountain playground for tourists escaping the summer heat. In the 1940s, a ski area was added along with tourist cabins. Red River is now a pet friendly small ski resort with lots of outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, ice skating, etc. There are lots of interesting places to eat and hang out. Definitely a place to consider if returning to the area.

The drive continues through the Sangre de Cristo mountains which are beautiful. On the day we toured, we saw horse drawn sleighs taking people covered under fur wraps out for rides in the snow laden fields. As you enter Angel Fire, you will see a large Vietnam Veteran's Memorial high on a hill overlooking the town. It is well worth a visit to stop and learn the story of how one man's efforts to honor his fallen soldier son inspired the creation of this truly remarkable park. Angel Fire itself is a recreational town with its own ski slopes.

The circuit ends where Kit Carson Road intersects the Taos Historical Plaza.

Great ride, lots of things to see.

4  Thank Boudecca
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We didn't really make any stops along the way but really enjoyed the changing scenery as we drove. It was nice to experience some true solitude and we even saw a bit of wildlife-- a wild turkey and a coyote!

Thank mishaaja
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a must when in Taos. The Circle Drive starts in Taos and circles through national forests. The Viet Nam Memorial in Angel Fire is absolutely beautiful and moving. A stop in Red River, another ski town is lots of fun and is a good resting stop to get a bite to eat. There are artist shops galore and once you get to Questa and El Prado.

Thank ca t
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

we did about 1/2 the enchanted circle drive going west to east and turned around half way because we had to go to the airport. the left half wasnt all the great, not sure what the fuss was about, but maybe we missed the best part in the second half?

1  Thank alldayieat
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Beautiful, but you've seen it all before. Or to put it another way, you've seen it all before but it's still beautiful. We were there two days after a snowfall of 5" (12.5 cm). No problem - the roads were completely clear, but you could still see snow by the side of the road and in many places on the hills. Added to the beauty.

With a stop for a coffee and a visit to the Viet Nam memorial (a must), plus a side trip to the Rio Grande Gorge, we were back in Taos within four leisurely hours. Hikers will obviously need more time.

1  Thank Lucky_Eddie
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