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.

Gabe Toth With Eagle Nest Lake closed to ice fishing until last weekend, some ice anglers looked for other opportunities, including Eagle Rock Lake just outside of Questa.

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Taos Pueblo

The Red Willow people of Taos Pueblo have called the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains home for more than 1,000 years.

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico The Land Of Enchantment

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Angel Fire

In the mountains east of Taos lies Angel Fire, appropriately named by the nomadic Moache Utes.

Photo by Michael Johnstone, The Sangre de Cristo Chronicle Hot air balloons rise over Angel Fire during the village’s Summerfest and Balloon Rally on Saturday (June 27).

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Red River

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.

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Taos Ski Valley

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.

Sangre De Cristo Mountains Surrounding Taos, New Mexico

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Arroyo Seco

Located near the foot of El Salto Mountain, the tiny village of Arroyo Seco is 7 miles north of Taos along NM 150, the main road to Taos Ski Valley.

Nathan Burton/Taos News Electra, Christian RistowÕs most recent sculpture glows in the setting sun on Sunday in Arroyo Seco.

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