The Southwest is an enchanted place regardless of the season. Fall is for many denizens of the region the most favored time of the year. The summer heat tempers, the crops mature, the air is crisper, the monsoons have refreshed the earth and the high country puts on a colorful display.
One of the more popular road trips is the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in New Mexico is a loop through Angel Fire,Eagle Nest, Elizabethtown an old mining community, cross Bobcat Pass at 9,820 feet above sea level, Red River, Questa, Arroyo Hondo, Taos then back to the beginning. Of course it matters not the starting point.