It is not often that a car ride, especially one in such a tourist diverse area, can receive such an emphatic nod as a "must see" activity, but the Enchanted Circle truly is an exception. This 85-mile loop over Highway Routes 38 and 64 wanders through Taos, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Red River and Questa. Along the way, families can wander through art galleries, tour old frontier villages, fish in alpine lakes, dine in cozy restaurants and hike in the Carson National Forest. Make sure to pack a camera.
If you and your family are unsure of themselves in the woods, but still want to experience an outdoor adventure, this tour company can safely lead you on a hike through the Carson National Forest. Its guided Devisadero hike is a six-mile loop that takes approximately four hours. It is very easy and does not require any prior hiking experience. The trail wanders through deep stands of lodgepole pine and occasionally reveals fleeting glimpses of mule deer and elk. Transportation and snacks are provided.
If you are eager for one of those truly memorable family vacation experiences, keep this horse outfitting company in mind. Located deep in the Sangre de Christo Mountains just outside of the Taos Ski Valley, it offers guided horse rides for all budgets and all schedules. Choose from one-, two-, three-, or four-hour rides. The one-hour ride is a great introduction for those unfamiliar with riding a horse and takes a quick loop through a stand of aspens. The most popular ride, the three-hour tour, crests above tree line and allows for amazing mountain views.
This 20-minute lift ride to the Angel Fire Resort's summit provides easy outdoor access to New Mexico's famed mountains. At an elevation of 10,677 feet the views are spectacular and, as rumor has it, have caused some visitors to pull hand muscles from snapping so many photos in rapid succession. There are plenty of hiking options, and mountain bike rentals are available for coasting down the mountain. Dress wisely because the air is much cooler on top.
The Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort is one of the most preferred resorts in New Mexico, and has significantly boosted Vadito's tourism. A choice of accommodation suits those with all budgets; plush suites, duplexes, rustic cabins, apartments and even mobile homes near the river banks are available, while those who like sleeping under the stars can opt for the camping sites. Sports like snowboarding, snowblading, skiing and ski biking are hugely popular while the less adventurous can opt for the nature trails or dine at the atmospheric waterfront cafes.