|The visitor pavilion at Eagle Nest Lake State Park.|
And a good way to enjoy some of that scenic beauty is to take a drive along the
a 65-mile round trip from Questa through Red River, over
to Eagle Nest and back to Taos.
A recent drive revealed anglers reeling in trout at recently restored
off N.M. 38 just outside the
town of Eagle Rock
Lake Questa. The picturesque
lake is stocked regularly and is a great place to cast a line before heading
over to Red River.
|Eagle Rock Lake.|
A quintessential summer resort town,
offers so much to do one needs to stop and ponder it all before proceeding. The
patio at Red River Brewing Company overlooking busy Main
Street offers great spot to do that.
Tucked in a canyon surrounded by heavily forested mountains, outdoor recreation and the visitors it brings are the primary focus of
|Main Street of Red River N.M.|
A walk about the teaming tourist town reveals a go-cart track to race around while the nearby ski area lift offers a lazier and more scenic ride.
Horseback rides, off-road vehicle rentals and guided fishing trips can be had while plenty of restaurants, saloons, gift shops, sporting goods stores and art galleries round out the town’s offerings.
The area features numerous campgrounds, motels and hotels for visitors to stay in and attracts many guests from nearby plains states such as
Texas and Oklahoma.
Red River, the Enchanted
Circle tour continues with a climb over at 9,800 feet and winds down into
the rural Bobcat
The valley had once been a booming gold mining area with the city of
Elizabethtown at its heart.
At the time it boasted a population of 7,000 with saloons, gambling halls, theatres,
businesses and several newspapers.
Now the gold and the town are gone and the valley is a quiet place dominated by sprawling ranches and expansive views.
The highway ends at Eagle Nest where the local state park and its beautiful visitor center features a beautiful outdoor pavilion overlooking the lake. This spot is one of the state’s best kept secrets and is a great place to stop for a picnic and some fishing.
The state park also features a campground for those who might want spend the night while the nearby town offers overnight accommodations, gas and groceries, fishing supplies and a classic western style saloon.
The valley also is home to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park where visitors can learn more about those who served and died in that war.
commences on U.S. 64, up and over 9,100 foot
and down through a twisty canyon along which the Rio Fernando de Taos flows. At
the intersection of N.M. 585 travelers can head west to reunite with N.M. 68
and take that road back home. Palo