Along the Enchanted Circle in neighboring Colfax County is the laid-back mountain town of Eagle Nest.
The tiny village — with a long history of gunslingers and gold mines — is now a popular destination for outdoor fun and adventure.
In the summer, visitors can hike, camp, horseback ride, mountain bike, canoe, sail and fish. Eagle Nest Lake is a great spot for fishing year-round and is regularly stocked with trout and salmon. The area is also home to buffalo, elk, deer and golden eagle — for which the lake is named.
In August, the town hosts an annual hot air balloon and country music festival. The main drag offers visitors hotels, restaurants, gift shops and a brewery. There’s even an outfitter to sell gear for adventurers visiting the Lower Eagle Nest Lake Trail and Cimarron Canyon State Park.
Eagle Nest Visitor Center & Gateway Museum 505-721-0704 visiteaglenest.org