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"Scenic Byways: The Enchanted Circle" Top 5 Page for this destination New Mexico Things to Do Tip by toonsarah

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  • Scenic Byways: The Enchanted Circle - New Mexico
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The Enchanted Circle byway is a popular day-trip from Taos, but we also found that we could use it as a round-about route to our next destination, Cimarron. It consists of Highways 522, 38 and 64, and for the most part driving is fairly easy though you climb pretty high in places – in the winter this is popular skiing country.

By driving the byway in a clockwise direction we were able to take in most of the circle, and by adding a detour before turning off to Cimarron we saw most of the more notable sights along the route. Although we didn’t have the best weather of our trip here, we did get to see the most striking aspen trees and also enjoyed atmospheric (even in the rain) Elizabethtown. Our detour took us to the moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial near Angel Fire before we turned back and headed away from the byway towards Cimarron.

My photos show a general view (taken in Red River, a popular ski resort), a close up of those glorious aspens, the ghost town of Elizabethtown, the Vietnam memorial, and a map of the route (in blue).

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  • Written Oct 16, 2011
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