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An Enchanted Circle New Mexico Vacation

Draped like a necklace across Northern New Mexico, the Enchanted Circle, a famous 84-mile scenic byway, is a great way to take in a variety of mountain and valley scenery in the Southern Rockies. Add this to your bucket list for a soul-inspiring tour of some of the best places to visit in New Mexico.

Angel Fire views in the Enchanted Circle

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Area Activities

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Along the way, visitors can stop at charming towns and villages such as Taos, Red River, and Angel Fire, each offering their own unique culture and art.. Art galleries, museums, and historical sites dot the byway, providing plenty of opportunities to learn about the rich history and heritage of the region.

For those seeking adventure, the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway offers endless recreational opportunities. Hiking, mountain biking and offroading trails wind through the mountains, offering stunning vistas and opportunities to spot wildlife. The region’s lakes and rivers provide ample opportunities for fishing and rafting, while winter visitors can enjoy activities such as snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding at the area’s ski resorts. See the area from a new perspective with a hot air balloon ride.  

Scenic drives are a popular activity with countless opportunities to pull off and take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Overall, the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway is a must-see destination for anyone visiting northern New Mexico, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural attractions, and exciting recreational activities

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Snowmobiling is a popular activity in the mountains during the winter months and offers a unique way to explore the mountains beyond the designated ski slopes. Many snowmobile tours are available that allow riders to experience the thrill of exploring the mountains while also enjoying the natural beauty of the winter landscape. These tours are led by experienced guides who know the area well and can ensure the safety of the riders. Riders should also respect the environment and wildlife to avoid disturbing the natural habitat of animals living in the area.


For more information on snowmobiling, tours, rentals and more, please go to

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Whitewater Rafting

Rapidly moving mountain streams can be found closely surrounding Angel Fire. If a more adventurous activity beacons you, enjoy white water rafting. Enjoy a guided tour through the Carson National Forest or even through the majestic scenery and diverse terrain of the Rio Grande.

This gorgeous canyon is filled with truly amazing rock formations and you’ll most likely get a chance to see wildlife like mule deer, river otters and beavers along the way.

Choose from half-day to overnight adventures. Courses vary but for the best adrenaline rush, you’ll want to include a run through the “Racecourse’, a class III rapids. Expect to get wet on the rapids like the Maze, Albert’s Falls, The Narrows, and The Thunderdome.

Planning on adding this activity to your visit itinerary? Please go to for more information.

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Off Roading & ATV

Imagine ascending winding mountain trails with steep drops on your side. Off-roading some of the most challenging trails is a phenomenal way to get a thrilling view of wildlife and scenery in and around Angel Fire. Rent an ATV or side-by-side and brave the cliffs on your own or book a guide who can help navigate the rugged landscape.

For more information on tours, guides, rentals and more, please go to

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Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing is another thing that brings people to the area. Several streams are nearby and in the Carson National Forest where you can fish for brown trout and salmon. There are several local guides who can expertly guide you, especially if you’ve never gone fly fishing before.

To book a tour guide or learn more about fly fishing nearby, please go to


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Hot Air Balloon Rides

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or one of a kind adventure, take to the skies in one of the most daring ways to fly. A hot air balloon ride is most likely an opportunity unlike any you’ve had before. Rush across the opulent blue skies over the peaks of the great Southern Rockies. Breathe in spectacular views from above tree lines and rock formations. 

After your ride, celebrate with your pilots as they indulge in the southwest tradition of explaining the history of hot air balloons while sipping refreshing soda or champagne.

To plan or book your hot air balloon ride, please go to for more information.

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