The most popular tour in our area, this National Forest Scenic Byway circles Wheeler Peak, the highest in New Mexico at 13,161 feet. Throughout the drive, you’ll see some of the oldest rocks in the southwest – quartz and feldspar that date back two billion years. Look for special Enchanted Circle markers to help guide your way. The views are spectacular, and enjoying them from an open air Polaris Slingshot is the best way to breathe in the mountain air and ride the curvy mountain roads!
You’ll start out from our home, Red River. Enjoy a stroll through this family-oriented town with an old west feel, complete with saloons and a melodrama. Red River offers winter skiing and snowboarding; the ski area lifts also operate in the summer. As you leave Red River begin looking for elk and other wildlife between Bob Cat Pass and Eagle Nest Lake, one of the finest trout waters in the United States. Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial just outside of Angel Fire. Drive the twisting Taos Canyon road to Taos. Many artists live and work in this canyon. Studios and galleries – painting, pottery, bronze casting, woodworking – are open for visitors to watch artists create their art. Stop to visit the Plaza shopping in Taos, or drive over the Rio Grand Gorge bridge. Travel through the lush Hondo Valley and watch for the sign to the D.H. Lawrence Memorial. Stop at the Red River Fish Hatchery which has free self-guiding tours of a show pond and several trout raceways. In Questa, you will want to visit Artesanos de Questa. Local woodworkers, tinsmiths, painters, stained glass workers and sculptors show their work at this cooperative. End your ride going back to Red River and hopefully you'll catch a glance of the Bighorn Sheep herd that resides in the canyon.
GOOSE LAKE ROAD ADVENTURE
Advanced off-road riders, prepare to climb in elevation with Weezie’s Wild Rides in their state-of-the-art Polaris RZRs and Ranger Crews. Starting at 8,500 feet, guests will climb a mountainous terrain and reach an elevation of 11,500 feet leading them to the northern side of the Sangre de Cristos mountain range, past Black Mountain and eventually to Goose Lake. Goose Lake is an incredible glacier lake that makes guests feel as if they’ve entered another world. For intermediate to expert hikers, there is an advanced hiking trail that guests can explore to stretch their legs and see more of the mountainous terrain that isn’t accessible by vehicle. Guests will have unrestricted views of Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, and more. While soaking in the scenery, guests will have the opportunity to see bighorn sheep scaling the mountain side. Other overlooks along the way consist of the historic Placer Creek mines and abandoned mining cabins from the early 1900’s where an estimated 662,000 ounces of gold was produced from the deposits. This popular destination has been sought after by off-road enthusiasts for decades, assemble your squad and see what all of the hype is about!