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Enchanted Circle Drive, Taos

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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 trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Taos.
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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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  • Along the Enchanted Circle, there is a lovely town called Arroyo Seco. It is charming, and a lovely place to walk about and see some of the shops. This should be a definite stop.  more »
  • While vacationing in Taos, my wife and I decided to make the trip around the Enchanted Circle. The drive is a perfect day drive. Not too long. Never boring! We took a detour from the circle to visit t...  more »
  • We spent the day driving the Enchanted Circle. We started at Eagle Nest and continued counterclockwise along the route. We stopped several times to soak in the views, and nabbed a few geocaches. We al...  more »