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High Road to Taos

Address: Taos, NM
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Ranked #5 of 36 Attractions in Taos
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
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374 reviews 374 reviews
56 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The High Road had several scenic vistas and great photo opportunities but not much else. We did stop at the Santuario de Chimayo which was nice but we mainly just drove along the curvy, but well maintained roads. On our return from Taos to Santa Fe, we took the low road and enjoyed it just as much as this much... More 

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Danville, Virginia
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Driving from Virginia to New Mexico got very exciting when we departed from Las Vegas, NM onto the HIgh Road. I felt at peace with the world as we traversed the winding road with views of mountains, rivers, and historic, almost forgotten towns.

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Houston, Tx
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We drove the high road twice, once in the middle of a winter 5 degree night, and second during early morning after sunrise. Of course, there were no late night scenic vistas or town stops during the trip into Taos, but I have to say that I was impressed with the thoroughness with which the road had been plowed and... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I first took this drive 25 years ago. Was hooked ever since.We usually make the loop and change up the directions depending on what strikes us. Sugar Nymphs in Penasco worth the stop. Check out the old theater next door. Grab a snack and a coffee or tea. The whole drive is fun.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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242 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We elected to drive the high road to Taos on a day-trip from Santa Fe. Taking this slower route to Taos afforded us the opportunity to visit the Santuario de Chimayo (an experience well worth a detour), have a look at the Carson National Forest (nice scenery), and drive winding roads in the mountains (always fun, no matter where). We... More 

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Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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262 reviews 262 reviews
59 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Starts just north of SF and takes you through Chimayo, a religious shrine that is well worth the time, even for the non-religious. From there the road winds up through small village, and then gradually climbs out of the high desert into coniferous forest with stark mountain backdrops, ending in Taos. Depending on time taken for stops, it will take... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

So many scenery changes, each more spectacular than the last. This drive should not be missed & should also not be rushed!

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114 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

As many described, you should at least drive once on this route from Santa Fe to Taos. Information about this route is a bit difficult to to get on the Internet; take NM 503 after driving north of Santa Fe on I-84. Especially, first part of the road is beautiful with interesting villages, churches. Even if you have limited time,... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

No matter the time it adds to your trip between Santa Fe and Taos, take the high road at least once so that you can enjoy the scenic route and historic Chimayo.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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219 reviews 219 reviews
48 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Gorgeous views, lots of shops, few restaurants, worth taking a whole day to drive from Santa Fe to Taos on the High Road

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