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Enchanted Circle

Top Places & Things To Do Along The Enchanted Circle

The Enchanted Circle, a magnificent 84-mile scenic byway, is draped across Northern New Mexico like a necklace. This breathtaking route offers an array of mountain and valley scenery in the Southern Rockies, making it an unforgettable destination for those seeking a soul-inspiring tour of the best places to visit in New Mexico.

The circle starts from Angel Fire, passes through Eagle Nest, Red River, Questa, Arroyo Hondo, and Taos, then returns to Angel Fire as it circles New Mexico’s highest mountain, Wheeler Peak. While traversing the heavily-forested winding mountain roads, you’ll connect with the landscape and quaint mountain towns. The stops along the way offer opportunities to learn about New Mexico’s history and explore native and modern art. You’ll also be awestruck by the carved-out canyons of the Rio Grande, visible from the vantage point of 600 feet above. For those seeking adventure, the Enchanted Circle has an array of exciting activities that reignite the passion in your soul.

With so many stops and scenic mountain towns, it may seem overwhelming to decide what to do and see. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top things to visit in each town along the way.

Visit Angel Fire

Angel Fire, is renowned for its famous night skiing at Angel Fire Resort, which lights up the skies during the winter season. Its name is derived from the red and orange glows on Agua Fria Peak as the sun rises and sets, creating an alluring visual experience. The tree-lined mountain ridges are also home to herds of deer, elk, bobcats, and longhorn sheep. With an average of 272 sunny days a year, odds are you’ll have perfect weather to see the herons, eagles, and pelicans common to the region.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do in Angel Fire all year round. The Country Club has an 18-hole PGA-certified golf course, while the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains provide the ultimate family fun in skiing or mountain biking, depending on the season. You can also choose to hike, fish, or go on a horseback ride. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, there are plenty of opportunities for excitement in the inspiring landscape of Angel Fire. So why not add the Enchanted Circle to your bucket list and discover the wonders of Northern New Mexico for yourself?

During your Enchanted Circle adventure, make a pit stop at Angel Fire and take advantage of our vast selection of Angel Fire vacation rentals for your accommodation needs.