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 trip itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Taos.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This was my first time on this drive, even tho' I have gone to Taos a number of times. Beautiful part of the state, high mountains, big vistas, tall pine forests. Very relaxing way to spend a half day...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is "just" a bridge over a canyon....that takes your breath away. The bridge looks like it would be impossible to build and it makes you admire engineers and great thinking. You can drive over and...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    From Taos, drive out to the Taos ski area, it's worth the drive up. Then from there, come back down and head up to Questa, Red River and then onto Eagle Nest Lake. You won't believe how different each...  more »

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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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