Exploring Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is a perfect way to spend an adventurous weekend while in Taos. It is only about 83 miles, but there is so much to see that you will want to take your time. As you drive out of Taos on NM 522, take a detour to see the Taos Gorge Bridge, which is spectacular. If you take a detour to the east, you can visit Arroyo Seco, a lovely little artistic village on the road to the Taos Ski Valley.
As you continue north, you will pass scenic Arroyo Hondo.
After San Cristobal, you can visit the ranch of famous writer D. H. Lawrence who lived and is buried there. On your east, you will see the towering Sangre de Cristo range. Passing Questa, you will encounter truly dramatic landscapes with access to Rio Grande. A steep road to Red River town offers a spectacular vista of aspen and spruce groves.
There are some great ski runs here and great lodges to spend the night. Continue alonag the Enchanted Circle from NM 38 to NM 64 through Eagle Nest Lake State Park with a spectacular 2,400-acre lake excellent for hiking, fishing, boating, and cross-country skiing. Watch for deer, elk, bear, and eagles. As you continue west, you will pass Angel Fire, another great family resort on the way back to Taos. Photo: brianw_45/Fotolia
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