The Enchanted Circle is home to quaint western towns, modern mountain resorts, everything in between, and some of the best skiing on the planet. A gateway to once-in-a-lifetime sights and experiences, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with so much to do. Take a weekend to explore this distinctly New Mexican alpine oasis and discover the downhill delight of an adventurer’s getaway.
DAY ONE in Angel Fire
Start your Enchanted adventure in Angel Fire. Whether you’re renting a private home, staying at the nearby RV Resort, or booking a room, be sure to check out The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort — home to exquisite shopping and multiple dining options. When you’re ready to hit the mountain, take the whole family over to the 2-lane tubing hill for some friendly competition (open daily).
Angel Fire Resort is home to the only night skiing in New Mexico. More than 50 acres of manicured twilight trails. Grab a bite at El Jefe for casual Mexican fare at the base of the mountain. Or make a reservation at the resort’s elegant Elements at the Country Club. This upscale option highlights local ingredients and food growers in a spacious setting with expansive views. If you’re looking for a nightcap, celebrate your first day by dropping into the award-winning Enchanted Circle Brewing Co. for a locally crafted beer.
DAY TWO in Red River
Head north along NM-38 toward the historic mountain town of Red River. Adventurers hungry for breakfast should stop at T-Bucks Breakfast & Donuts for serious cinnamon rolls and filling breakfast fare. Wander the shops and storefronts of Red River’s Main Street — the bustling heart of the Enchanted Circle. After searching for souvenirs or mixing with locals, make your way over to the family-friendly Red River Ski & Summer Area, just off Main Street.
Hit one of the Red River Ski and Summer Area trails, ranging from beginner to expert, including glade trails and terrain parks. Ski or ride all day with runs for every skill level. If you missed out on tubing yesterday or didn’t get your fill, be sure to grab a reservation. The 4:30 p.m. timeslot is available to reserve online and could offer perfect twilight tubing if timed right.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, we recommend the Sitzmark Lodge with its charming variety of cozy rooms and rustic cabins. In need of rental equipment? The Sitzmark has you covered. Reserve your gear ahead of time for a 10% discount.
After playing on the mountain, head back toward Main Street for a bite to eat at one of nearly 20 local restaurants — including the delicious Red River Brewing Company. Try one of their Hatch chile cheeseburgers or house-smoked bbq plates. Then take in some live music while sipping on one of Red River Brewing Co.’s award-winning beers or spirits.
DAY THREE in Taos
Pack your bags and make the 45-minute drive to Taos — the perfect exclamation point to round out your weekend. As you pull into town, remember the best terrain in the country can be found here in the Taos Ski Valley. Skiers and snowboarders will delight in countless unforgettable runs for beginners and experts alike. Spend the entire morning here; the mountain is your playground.
Hit the resort’s rink and take the family ice skating. Or if skating isn’t your thing, warm up beside the outdoor fireplaces and people-watch. Before heading out of town, stop at the fantastical Bavarian Restaurant. Charmingly European, the Bavarian offers casual German fare set in a picture-perfect alpine lodge. As you swing steins of German beers indoors or out, reflect on the magical memories you made during your enchanted weekend getaway.
For the truly adventurous spirits that can’t tear themselves away from the Enchanted Circle, extend your stay a little longer by checking into the Blake Hotel at Taos Ski Valley. The Blake is a true mountain spa resort and a LEED-certified architectural wonder with ski-to-door access and over-the-top service. A fitting tribute to your picture-perfect weekend.