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A Taos Air Plane In Flight Above Taos

The Enchanted Circle is one of New Mexico’s greatest treasures. The 84-mile designated scenic byway loops through mountains, valleys, mesas, and national forests and monuments. Circling Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico at 13,161 feet, the Enchanted Circle connects Taos, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Red River, and Questa. 

The communities along the Enchanted Circle are home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the state. Visitors can discover abundant skiing and snowboarding, hiking in Carson National Forest, fishing for brown trout in a high-altitude river, horseback riding in the mountains, or hot air balloon rides across the valley. While visitors are exploring, they should keep an eye out for quartz and feldspar, some of the oldest rocks in the southwest, dating back two billion years. 

The Enchanted Circle also gives visitors a chance to be fully immersed in the culture, art, and history of the southwest. Festivals, brewery or winery tours, and shopping at the area’s quirky shops are all part of the Enchanted Circle experience. Artist communities in Angel Fire, Taos, and Questa hold studio tours for visitors to gain insight about the Northern New Mexico painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramicists, and weavers that call this area home.

Taos Ski Valley

29 minute drive from Taos Regional Airport

Taos Ski Valley is a little piece of Alpine wonderland right here in the American Southwest. Nestled in the shadow of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley offers epic adventure throughout the year—but especially in the winter. Come see why Taos Ski Valley routinely gets top marks for its ambience and, of course, its bountiful dry powder and challenging terrain. With abundant options to entertain and excite every member of the family, Taos Ski Valley offers up an outstanding mountain experience with a hint of rustic charm.

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Woman walking in downtown Taos

Town of Taos

14 minute drive from Taos Regional Airport to city center

Taos boasts a rich and dynamic history that drives a thriving arts and cultural scene today. There’s Taos Pueblo, a Native American community that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years; the Taos Plaza, where locals and visitors alike gather to shop, eat, and visit art galleries; and San Francisco de Asis Church, which has been an inspirational force for Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, and many other artists.

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Taos Pueblo

The shops at Taos Pueblo give visitors the unique experience of purchasing handmade arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, and paintings. The family-owned businesses may often give visitors the opportunity to interact with the artisans themselves. The influences of the rich culture of the Pueblo can be seen throughout New Mexico and the southwest.

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Red River

43 minute drive from Taos Regional Airport

There is no shortage of outdoor adventure in Red River. In the summer, spend the day hiking through Carson National Forest, or grab a mountain bike and ride the chairlift to bike down expertly maintained trails, exploring the mountains, streams, and lakes. Anglers enjoy prime lake fishing and wild streams, paddlers raft some of the best rapids on the Rio Grande, and equestrians take breathtaking sunset rides. In winter, Red River Ski & Summer Area offers opportunities for all abilities on its 63 trails. The Moon-Star Mining Camp is great for beginners, and the terrain parks will keep adrenaline-seeking riders coming back for more.

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Questa

27 minute drive from Taos Regional Airport

Located just 24 miles north of Taos and 12 miles west of Red River, the small, historic village of Questa is a wonderful base camp for Northern New Mexico adventure. Located at the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Red River, and surrounded by thousands of acres of protected wilderness, Questa is the gateway to the 240,000-acre Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, a haven for rafting, fishing, biking, camping, and rock climbing. Questa is also home to many artists who open up their workspaces during the Questa Studio Arts Tour every summer.

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Taos Air is a public/private partnership dedicated to providing air service to/from Taos and the Enchanted Circle region. Partners include: