The temps were climbing back to the low 90’s, so we left the rugged, rocky beauty of the Rio Grande gorge and made our way to the Enchanted Circle.
We were not familiar with this scenic byway until we started researching northern New Mexico, but it’s a great place to escape the summer heat. The Enchanted Circle is an 85 mile loop around Wheeler Peak, the highest point in NM. We headed northeast from Taos about 30 miles, and decided to spend some time at Eagle Nest Lake State Park. After our last campsite, we weren’t expecting much, but this is another beautiful area. And our site on the lake isn’t too shabby, either.
Our backyard and views. You can’t see the mounds of dirt in the photos but we are in the middle of a prairie dog town.
This is a primitive park with no hookups or dump but there is water and vault toilets. We are now at 8300’, so the highs are in the upper 70’s, lows upper 30’s. This is the first time in weeks we’ve had decent phone service and fairly good internet. Plus with our NM State Parks pass, it is free (or $10 without the pass).
There are lots of places to hike and explore in this area, including the village of Eagle Nest, the popular ski town of Angel Fire, and Cimarron Canyon State Park, all within 10 miles. At the rate we’re moving through New Mexico, not sure when we’ll make it to Colorado this summer!