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The Enchanted Circle in New Mexico


Description of a visit that lasted two weeks in the midst of July 2020 (throughout Covid).

The Enchanted Circle consists of the cities of Eagle Nest, Taos, Angel Hearth, and Questa.

Seeking to escape the warmth of Texas we headed out in early July towards Eagle Nest, NM. We arrange camp on the Golden Eagle Campground in Eagle Nest. This could be our dwelling base for the subsequent two weeks.

Sundown in Eagle Nest

Day 1 We spent today settling in and realizing we might be spending most of our time holding our distance from others for the reason that Governor wished guests to quarantine for 14 days. We had already been doing that in our journey days to get right here.

Day 2 We took a drive alongside the Cimarron River taking photos.

Cimarron River

Day 3 We drove to Angel Hearth and had lunch at Enchanted Circle Brewery. We loved the beer and burgers right here. Then we went again to camp and watched a man with a chainsaw carving a life sized bigfoot.

Day 4 Certainly one of our fellow campers was doing free excursions (we donated $ to him anyway). The way in which it really works is that he loans you a walkie talkie and also you drive your personal automotive and you may hearken to him narrate what you’re seeing alongside the best way from his automotive. On today we went to the Schuler Theater in Raton. It is a fantastic theater inside. Then we went to the historic Van Houten Coal Mine neighborhood behind the Whittington NRA Heart. There may be some signage and partial buildings to see there. We discovered you may keep within the campground on the NRA with out being a member.

Schuler Theater in Raton

Day 5 All we did at the moment was go to the grocery retailer in Angel Hearth which is barely about 17 minutes from Eagle Nest.

Day 6 At the moment we drove the 25 minutes to Pink River. We walked the city and visited some retailers and had lunch at Pink River Brewery and Distillery and had some good meals and attention-grabbing drinks.

Day 7 At the moment we drove about an hour to go see the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. The bridge and gorge had been lovely and we loved taking photos right here. We noticed large horn sheep alongside the best way. We wished to go to the mothership of the Taos Mesa Brewery however sadly it had burned. So we completed driving the Enchanted Circle and walked round downtown Eagle Nest. We ate at a restaurant known as Kaw Lija’s. It was actually good and we had been unhappy to listen to that 2020 would in all probability be their final 12 months in enterprise.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Day 8 This was a Saturday and so we stayed at camp considering that any of the cities may need some crowds there. We might have preferred to go to a state park or two however the Governor of New Mexico stated that out of state guests weren’t allowed to go to the state parks.

Day 9 We went to Angel Hearth to do laundry and went to their True Worth for some screws and bolts for the trailer.

Day 10 We drove the Enchanted circle once more stopping in Taos this time. I like artwork so it was slightly little bit of a disappointment since issues like museums are closed. Some retailers had been open however they’d capability limitations so that you needed to wait exterior till somebody got here out.

Day 11 We did one other automotive tour at the moment with the walkie talkies. This time we went to see San Jose De Gracia Catholic Church in Trampas in-built 1760. The we went to a extremely good restaurant known as Rancho de Chimayo. Good ambiance, fairly place to sit down exterior additionally. Afterward we went to Santuario De Chimayo which is one other Catholic Church. Very lovely. We went inside. They’re well-known for the holy dust you may see in a gap within the ground. That was the tip of our tour. Then we stopped at a Walmart on the best way again to purchase a hummingbird feeder. There are such a lot of hummingbirds on this space and lots of different campers have feeders.

Day 12 Stayed at camp at the moment.

Day 13 We went to Angel Hearth and rode the chair carry as much as the highest at the moment. We sat up there awhile having fun with the view. We walked the three/4 mile path across the prime after which rode again down. The restaurant up there was closed. Then we went again to Eagle Nest and ate on the Laguna Vista Saloon. Then we learn a few of the indicators round city describing the historical past and different topics. Certainly one of them was a few burro named Bosco so we went to go to him. so cute. A white burro that involves see you if you park by the fence. There is a cooler with snacks for him and a brush for him. I left a donation and loved visiting with him.

Day 14 That is our final full day right here in Eagle Nest. I drove over to go to Bosco once more whereas my husband stayed dwelling and labored on adjusting one in every of our slides with Nathan on the campground. Nathan is an RV Tech who helps you together with your rig when he can. We went again to the Kaw Lija restaurant and after dinner went to Commanche Brewing in Eagle Nest which has the very best view of any brewery I’ve seen. And the Tiramisu Porter was nice.

Abstract: We stayed 2 weeks and had a good time. But it surely could possibly be completed in much less time. I’d spend a minimum of someday in Pink River and someday in Taos and you can break up one other day visiting Eagle Nest and some other cities across the Enchanted Circle.

Throughout a time when journey is just not restricted I may see staying on this space for a month.

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