Out of the Old West — Enchanted Circle Cattle Drive


Head 'em up; Move 'em out

Head ’em up; Move ’em out

If you drive the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in a clockwise direction, you exit the Carson National Forest along the northeast portion of the loop.  Continuing along state road NM 38 you will see grazing land, ranches, pass by the ghost gold mining town of Elizabethtown, drive through the town of Eagle Nest where NM 38 merges into U.S. Route 64, and, after a short detour, hit Angel Fire.  You may even see some wildlife along the way.  We came across this little guy below after departing Angel Fire to rejoin U.S. Route 64 back to Taos.

A deer friend of mine

A deer friend of mine

The panorama below was taken along the northeast portion of the Enchanted Circle heading toward Elizabethtown:

Along the Northeast portion of the Enchanted Circle

Along the Northeast portion of the Enchanted Circle

So, too was this ranch:

Ranch Country

Ranch Country

 

Out of the Carson National Forest headed for Elizabeth Town

Out of the Carson National Forest headed for Elizabeth Town

Ursula and I had been to Angel Fire before, so this one was a quick side trip without a stop for lunch:

Angel Fire Ski Resort — base: 8,600 feet; top: 2,600 meters to 10,677 feet/3,254 meters

Angel Fire Ski Resort — base: 8,600 feet; top: 2,600 meters to 10,677 feet/3,254 meters

We rejoined U.S. Route 64 and then, less than ten minutes after our encounter with the deer pictured above, we stumbled upon a scene right out of the Old West — a cattle drive.  Alas, not a single 1873 Colt .45 or Winchester Model 1892 (see examples after today’s gallery below) to be seen anywhere, unfortunately:

Ranching tools of the Old West:

U.S.F.A. Rodeo copy of a Colt Single Action .45

U.S.F.A. Rodeo copy of a Colt Single Action .45

Rossi copies of the Winchester Model 1892

Rossi copies of the Winchester Model 1892

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