It’s no accident that New Mexico has long been called The Land of Enchantment. It’s only fitting, then, that a designated scenic byway be called the Enchanted Circle. Explore the 83-mile loop through mountains, valleys, mesa and national forest – all unique to Northern New Mexico.
The Enchanted Circle is centered around Wheeler Peak (13,161 feet), the highest point in the state. It is home to large elk herds, red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, mule deer, coyotes and bighorn sheep.
From Taos, the route runs through Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. Culture and outdoor recreation are abundant around the Enchanted Circle, as are some unexpected places, such as Elizabethtown – a ghost town in between Red River and Eagle Nest – a once-thriving small community that sprung to life during the area’s mining days. You’ll also come upon the nation’s first symbol of the “tragedy and futility of war,” the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park just outside Angel Fire.
Time to hit the road and get ready to discover what makes this region so spectacular.