It’s no accident that New Mexico has long been known as The Land of Enchantment. It’s only fitting, then, that this 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, the highest point in the state at 13,159 feet. The loop includes Taos, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest, Angel Fire and villages in between including the ghost town called Elizabethtown. From Taos, you can begin by traveling north to Questa on State Road 522, then take State Road 38 to Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire and then return to Taos through Taos Canyon on U.S. Highway 64 — or begin the circle headed toward Angel Fire.
And even if you don’t ski or board, a visit to Taos Ski Valley on State Road 150 with a stop in Arroyo Seco along the way is a mini-sidetrack you won’t regret.
Culture, history and outdoor recreation are alive and abundant around the Enchanted Circle, so hit the road and get ready to discover what makes this region so spectacular.