DestinationsTaos, New Mexico
New Mexico has long been known as The Land of Enchantment, so it’s only fitting that this designated scenic byway be called the Enchanted Circle. Explore the picturesque 83-mile loop through mountains, valleys, mesa and national forestland—all unique to Northern New Mexico—plus multiple enchanting community destinations full of fun activities and annual events.
The Enchanted Circle is centered around Wheeler Peak at 13,159 feet, the highest point in the state. Culture and outdoor recreation are abundant around the Enchanted Circle, so hit the road and get ready to discover what makes this region so captivating.
Visit the multi-story adobe Taos Pueblo, the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark and continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years.Learn More
Visit the treasure of the north—the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument—for the most peaceful and expansive views on the gorge of the mighty river.Learn More
Spend a relaxing day fishing on Eagle Nest Lake with one of several local fishing guide companies, or try your hand in the Cimarron River where the fly-fishing is legendary.Learn More
Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the first memorial to the Vietnam veteran, opened more than 10 years before The Wall Memorial, in Washington, DC, was ever started.Learn More
Hike to Williams Lake or camp near the highest point in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak.Learn More
Snowmobile with Big Al in the high country, or sit by the fireplace while sipping a Mayan hot chocolate and watch the skiers come down the mountain. Enjoy one of our Winter Events, like the Winter Wine Festival at the outdoor patios near Chairlift 1.Learn More
Feel the soul of Questa inside the stoic walls of the San Antonio de Padua Church after volunteers saved this historic structure from demolition and then spent five and a half years reconstructing it. Visit one of the top 10 thrift stores in the state—Jay’s Unique.Learn More
Hike or snowshoe the trails of Eagle Nest Lake State Park and Clear Creek Trail in Cimarron Canyon State Park, enjoying the fresh northern New Mexico air. Try your hand at ice fishing on beautiful Eagle Nest Lake.Learn More
Enjoy a sleigh ride or carriage ride around Angel Fire and see the sights. Try tubing or sledding with the entire family. Angel Fire is always open on weekends for the only night skiing in New Mexico!Learn More