Enchanted Circle Drive, Taos

4.3
#3 of 10 in Scenic Drive in New Mexico
Loop around Wheeler Peak on Enchanted Circle Drive and take in all the natural wonders that alter the landscape along the way. The route covers 133.6 km (83 mi) over mountains and through forests. You can explore an ancient Native American village at Taos or take part in outdoor activities around every bend, including balloon rides, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, and skiing. If you have time, consider straying off the main road to catch sights like the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Put Enchanted Circle Drive into our Taos travel route planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Taos.
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  • We drove the enchanted circle yesterday. It was beautiful but there was almost no snow, which is terrible for the ski season.  more »
  • This drive offers stunning and varied views. Easy, though largely uninhabited areas along drive. We went in December and did not encounter any weather issues.  more »
  • This circular drive in Northern New Mexico has great views and some of the neatest small towns you will find anywhere along with three of the greatest ski areas in New Mexico.  more »

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Where to stay in Taos

Taos offers a wealth of accommodations right in town and in the surrounding area. Plenty of small inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels lie in and around the business district, but your options greatly expand when you consider renting a small house or an apartment. Where you stay depends on what you come for. If you want to use Taos as a base for seeing local sites, opt for accommodation within the city limits. If you plan to spend most of your time in the mountains, the Valdez and Arroyo Seco areas are convenient. Staying between these areas and downtown puts you close to the Taos Pueblo Indian Lands.
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