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Take the High Road to Taos

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By Wayne Lazarus on September 30th, 2009

Categories: Linda's Travel Articles

One of the most scenic drives to Taos is the High Road from Santa Fe. The natural scenery is spectacular, from dramatic canyons to pastoral fields to Truchas Peak, the state’s second highest point. The drive is only 105 miles, but it takes longer because there are so many historic and cultural places of interest along the way.

From Santa Fe, take US 285 N, right on NM 503, then left on county road 98 to Chimayo, famous for its generations of weavers. The Santuario de Chimayó, almost 200 years old, is said to have been built on ground with mystical healing powers. A few miles northeast along NM 76 is Cordova, as famous for its generations of woodcarvers as Chimayo is for its weavers.

The galleries here and in the next towns of Truchas and Ojo Sarco will delight you with their offerings. (See the High Road Art Tour website for more about the artists.) Further along the High Road, Las Trampas’ 225-year-old San Jose de Gracia is considered one of the best examples of Spanish Colonial missions in New Mexico. At the  Picuris (San Lorenzo) Pueblo, visit the Picuris Pueblo Museum and Visitor’s Center. Before you turn north on NM 518 towards, Taos, go south just a few miles to Ranchos De Taos, to see the most painted and photographed church in the state,  the San Francisco de Asis Mission. You won’t want to miss the galleries and shops built around the plaza. Here you will be in the Carson National Forest. It has been 200 years since famous scout Kit Carson was born and the Kit Carson Home and Museum is just one of the many fascinating museums in Taos.

Famous both for its resident artists and scenic beauty, Taos has plenty to offer the traveler. You’ll find excellent cuisine, spas, golfing and outdoor recreation of all kinds. The nearby Rio Grande (don’t miss the view of the Gorge Bridge) offers whitewater rafting, and fishing, and the ski resorts in Taos Ski Valley are popular year-round. (Lilac and Adobe photo by Terry Thompson and Taos Vacation Guide,  San Francisco de Asis by Ray Lutz and Taos County Chamber of Commerce)

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