The Enchanted Circle
Enchantment is a feeling of great delight or a feeling of being captivated – that’s typically what new people report upon experiencing the Land of Enchantment that is New Mexico. It’s only fitting that our scenic byway here in Northern New Mexico is called The Enchanted Circle – an 83-mile loop through captivating mountains, valleys, mesas and national forest.
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, bighorn sheep, marmots, mountain lions, bobcats, beaver, black bear and more.
From Taos, the route runs through Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. Cultural sites 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 northeast of the village of Angel Fire.
So hit the road and get ready to discover what makes locals rave that this region is so spectacular.