This 84-mile loop connecting Taos, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire shows off some of Northern New Mexico’s iconic sights and landscapes.
The route circles Wheeler Peak, which at 13,161 feet in elevation is New Mexico’s tallest peak. Wildlife including elk, black bears and eagles can also be seen from the roadway. The fiery spectrum of golds, oranges and reds of aspen and cottonwood trees in fall help put it on Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s Best Fall Foliage Drives.
The route follows U.S. Route 64 between Taos and the small community of Eagle Nest and turns onto NM 434 to the community and popular resort area of Angel Fire. Between Eagle Nest, the resort community of Red River and Questa, the route follows NM 38 before following NM 522 between Questa and Taos.