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 thatĀ 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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  • Be sure to stop at Vietnam Vets Memorial. The entire road is just full of sights and things to experience  more »
  • We were expecting a spectacular drive. It was a nice drive, but we were expecting more because of all we'd read about it. We enjoyed the town of Angel Fire and the Vietnam Memorial was very touching.  more »
  • This was a great drive that has beautiful mountain scenery. The mountains of this area are gorgeous and offer the visitor wonderful mountain scenes and a variety of forests. The trip during the fall i...  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, bedĀ 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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