Fall Along the Enchanted Circle – Taos, NM
Golden Enchanted Landscapes Abound
Fall is my favorite time of year. Cooling weather and the changing colors of the leaves amazes me every year. I can’t get enough of the vivid enchanted tones and hues. My favorite drive, so far, is the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway.
Starting and ending in Taos, New Mexico, the byway follows Hwy 522 north to Questa. Then following Hwy 38 through the skiing town on Red River until it continues south on Hwy 64 back to Taos. There are many interesting stops along the way. However, this trip was all about fall foliage color. I think I succeeded with some beautiful captures.
The Enchanted Circle drive is 83 miles with many stops along the way. Enjoying lunch in Red River or at one of the picnic areas make it a great half day drive. When planning your trip, look for a fall foliage map like Weather.com offers. The peak times throughout New Mexico vary, but the higher elevations around Taos are going to change earlier in the fall.
My favorite fall trees are the Aspen. There is something so ethereal about their shimmering golden leaves in the sunshine. I love them so much! Red River had several nice golden Aspens along some of their streets, but I was looking for landscapes!
Make sure you plan to spend some time in Taos, at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. In the Taos language, it means “place of red willows.” Whether you visit the many art galleries or the historic Native American Taos Pueblo, Taos is a quintessential taste of all things that make New Mexico –
“The Land of Enchantment.”
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