The Enchanted Circle and Cimarron

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Enchanted Circle

Next, off we headed on the Enchanted Circle where the scenery was beautiful. We traveled counter-clockwise and, according the GPS, our altitude topped out at 9,139 ft. on the outward journey to Eagle's Nest. In the 9 years I've her, my airplane has only been that high a few times! Lunch was at Kaw-Lija's in Eagle's Nest. Lin just had a hamburger but I was wise enough to take the waitress' advice on the sliced brisket BBQ sandwich. It alone was worth the trip! At this point, we left the Enchanted Circle and headed east to Cimarron. We stopped at the visitor info office and got a ton of info. Because it was after 4, we first drove though Cimarron itself and stopped at the museum and then at the trading post at Philmont Scout Ranch and bought a t-shirt for Julian. After continuing a bit further south on NM 21 to an overlook for some pictures, we returned to the older section of Cimarron for a walk around and a visit to the St.

St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
James Hotel. The St. James started as a saloon in the wild west town and was visited by some notorious characters including Wyatt Earp and Frank & Jesse James. There are bullet holes in the pressed-tin ceiling of the dining room part of which was once the bar. It probably wouldn't have been healthy to stay on the second floor back then! Though it is an active hotel, the St. James welcomes visitors to come in and have a look around. Eager to head towards "home", we headed west again to Eagle's Nest to continue on the Enchanted Circle. The scenery was pretty until we approached Questa where some mining operations have had their normal impact on nature.

Back in Taos, I dashed over to Kit Carson Park adjacent to the hotel to grab some pictures of Carson's grave, then we got ready for dinner at Lambert's. Lin had chicken stuffed with spinach and goat cheese while I had a phenomenal filet mignon of buffalo. A perfect end to a perfect day. A major change from yesterday!

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Enchanted Circle
Enchanted Circle
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
Enchanted Circle
Enchanted Circle
Eagles Nest
Eagle's Nest
Kaw-Lijas in Eagles Nest
Kaw-Lija's in Eagle's Nest
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
St. James Hotel, Cimerron, NM
Eagle Lake
Eagle Lake
Cimarron
photo by: jaypost