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Motorcycle Roads Enchanted Circle Plus Side Trip13   in New Mexico New Mexico83 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Enchanted Circle Plus Side Trip

By Big Al Welty
on July 6, 2014

0.0out of 5

3 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Starting in Taos, take 585 East to meet up woth 64 if you are in the South side of Taos or just get to Rt 64. 64 takes you east and then turn north. Then it open up into a huge valley. Eagles Nest Lake is worth a stop to stretch legs and take a few pics. Then a little stint though town. Now you have a choice. You can stay on 64 and take a meander through brand new pavement as of July 2014 on a perfect road (a few sharp turns so keep alert) and beautiful scenery through Cimarron Canyon (a 15 mile round trip but worth it) or you can take a left at the begging of town onto 38 north. Then you get to meander through mountains and more amazing scenery. I took the Cimarron Canyon route east and then turned around and did it again to then take 38 North and head home. When you get to Questa you could head south back to Taos on 522 South or North on 522 toward Colorado. Also a GREAT ride. It is a no loose situation in that whole area.

Scenery

Lush Forest at the beginning of the ride with a road that will snake you through a dappled sunlight forest (best before 8am) with "Shire" like meadows and beautiful scenery. Then you break out into a huge basin with mountain ranges on both sides as you approach Eagles Nest Lake. Open skies and great roads. (Any other questions?). Cimarron Canyon has a beautiful stream and amazing rock formations, but the road is SMOOOOOOTTTHHHHH as it is new pavement as of July 2014. The ride on 38 West is also amazing. You ride through this massive basin as you have this seemingly never ending mountain range to your left. Peak after peak and back range views of really rugged rocks. Then as it turns west, more mountains and the kind of road that winds through small hills so that you get to see just small sections of it as it rises over the tops of some of the hills and ducks behind others. AMAZING view of the mountains open up around on of the corners. Be prepared because you may just gasp as I did.

Added by "wadenelson" in Aug of 2014: "A wonderful climb up Taos Canyon through forest with twisties and turns, alongside a creek, through the pastoral Moreno Valley, up to the ski area and back to Taos."

Road Quality

Some areas of new pavement or fairly new chip seal that has been driven on and swept so that there is no tar/stones at all. Two lane road, minimum traffic, easy and plentiful passing opportunities. these are roads that you can open 'er up a little and get some twisties in too. great combo.

Roadside Amenities

You are riding through some areas where you are in the middle of nowhere. now that being said, in the towns you run across...fill up... Just for peace of mind more than anything. Restaurants are available in every town so stopping for a pit stop or a bite is easily done. I give this aspect a 2 only because there are areas where you will barely see a house, so just be prepared. Met some really nice people at every stop I made...

Additional Info

This was part of a trip from Boulder, CO to Taos and Back. 900 miles in two days. I hit some great roads many of which are already on this site, but this was a great way to start off my return trip. If you are down in Taos, make this ride.

Nickname (optional) : Big Al Welty

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By Rodeo4Phun
on July 13, 2015 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year '05

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great trip, great atmosphere, Red River favorite watering hole on trip

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By ChaseTheRide
on May 27, 2019 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2018

Motorcycle Make Harley Road Glide Ultra

Motorcycle Type Touring

During the Red River Rally I have found Northern New Mexico has some great riding. The Enchanted Circle and Ute Park are included in this. Great scenery and twisty road make this must ride if you are in the area.

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By Kyle82
on November 25, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 17

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Road Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

Did this route with my sportster over a year ago. Ready to go back with my new touring and do the loop again. In Red River, Texas Red's Steakhouse is a good restaurant to check out.

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