Less than an hour north of Taos, the Village of Questa is the northern gateway to the Enchanted Circle. The town was host to a molybdenum mine for a century, and is now known as a solar and sustainable energy leader.
A stroll down Main Street in Red River reveals shops, restaurants and motels from a seemingly bygone era. The tiny hamlet — at an elevation of 8,750 feet — offers bright blue skies and plenty of access to the great outdoors.
Adventure-seekers can take NM 150 to the end of the road, where the Village of Taos Ski Valley offers an ideal home base for Rocky Mountain activities — all under the shadow of Wheeler Peak, the highest elevation point in the state.