Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Taos Valley RV Park — 6,959 ft elev.
Lo: 62 degrees High: 90 degrees Humidity: 8%

We headed out in Big Red, with a clean windshield, to drive the Enchanted Scenic Byway. We started on NM Hwy 68 N to Questa, along the Rio Grande River. We drove through the Carson NF, on NM 522. At Questa, NM 38 E towards the mountains. The forest changed from pinon-juniper to spruce-fir.

We were driving by tall cliffs and tall conifers. We went by several National Forest Campgrounds in the Carson NF, and we drove through a few checking out the sites. Further down the Byway, we saw a huge mining operation. We finally saw the sign – Chevron Mining Co. The tailings from the mining operation took up a huge area. We later found out that the mine announced on June 2, that it would be closing in 60 days. A lot of people in this area will be out of work…

Continuing along the Byway, we came to the town of Red River and the lush, green Red River Valley with gently rolling hills and tall mountain backdrops. The Red River Valley is just beautiful… We saw some snow still on the peaks above us, and we were at Bearcat Pass, 9,800 feet elev.

We stopped for lunch at the Tia Bueno Cafe in Red River, and the burritos were terrific.

I finally found a nice straw hat with a wider brim for the ferocious sunshine out here. We went in a few more shops, checked out the visitor center, and drove out to Eagles Nest SP by a small lake. There were prairie dogs all over…

Getting back to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, we continued to Angel Fire, elev. 8,400 feet. There is a nice downtown area, shops, lodges, and a ski area. There was also an airport, with several large jets by the hangar. And, we spied many large, beautiful, expensive, mountain homes. We continued our drive and realized we had made a wrong turn at Angel Fire, we backtracked, found the Byway. If not for that error, we would have missed some beautiful country!

We saw a lot of flowers during our drive today:

Soon enough, we were back at the RV. Time to work on photos and postcards, and catch up on “Northern Exposure” (We bought the entire 7 seasons of this show before leaving home.) It was great sleeping tonight, with the drumming of rain and thunder booming, and cooler temperatures!

About Holly Ritger

I am retired, enjoying being a grandmother, traveling to National Parks and other interesting places in our RV with my husband of 43 years, and visiting with friends and family. Hobbies: photography, learning about wildflowers and birds, and trees, and reading from my kindle.
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3 Responses to Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway

  1. Ingrid says:

    We thought Angel Fire was beautiful and a lovely surprise. Sometimes wrong turns work out nice.


  2. Frank & Ann Wolak says:

    You have managed to find beautiful flowers & scenery throughout all of your journey. Thanks for sharing & safe travels. Ann & Frank Wolak


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