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High Road to Taos

Taos, NM
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Ranked #9 of 40 Attractions in Taos
Type: Scenic Drives
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Dallas, Texas
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101 reviews 101 reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Took the High Road on the way to Taos, and the highway on the way back... The scenery on the highway is better, the traffic is easier to deal with, and there is nothing scenic about the depressing, desperate little towns on the "scenic" high road...

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Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The high roadie blessed with many vestiges of the old Spanish culture that settled the region many years ago. Stop in Chimayo to visit the Santoro de Chimayo and learn of the stories regarding the "Lourdes of New Mexico". Visit the craftsmen and world renowned weaver in the area. Stop at the Rancho de Chimayo for a pleasant New Mexican... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We decided to take the High Road to Taos from Santa Fe. We would say it was worth it for over half the trip. The New Mexico landscape is so unusual and the vista so vast that it is totally worth the drive up and only takes an extra 20-25 minutes from the normal route. The latter part of the... More

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Elephant Butte, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

On the Taos plateau road I saw some of the strangest houses that I have ever seen. Some look like castles with purple, orange, green,etc.,walls. Strange shapes and designs. Taos is definetely an art community.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

For a detour from all the Santa Fe galleries and shops, take this stunning alternate route up to Taos through some of the most scenic parts of the state (think Georgia O'Keefe paintings everywhere!) You must stop at Chimayo and visit the church and pilgramage center. It will strengthen anyone's faith (it always makes me cry). Stop for lunch at... More

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Coweta, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Fun road in very good condition, lots of things to see if you want with places to stop and grab a bite to eat.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS
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35 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Yep, it's all that the other reviews claim. Great views, galleries and small towns. But beware, the artists in Truchas have removed certain route signs so you go straight down a road which dead ends ( or turns to dirt) but before, it takes you by many of their galleries that you would miss if you turned left on 76... More

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Maine
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Every time I go to New MExico, this road must be traveled. The 360 degree views are magnificent. You get mountains, dotted hills, rock formations, big sky, wonderful clouds. On this trip we even found a lake--Santa Cruz lake. Follow the dirt road to the campground and you will be astounded by the views.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

What a wonderful way to head south from Taos. The views are amazing, row after row of mountain tops. Great small towns along the way.

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Stilwell, Kansas
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14 attraction reviews
267 helpful votes 267 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

If you have the time, or even better can make the time, this is a the classic "road not taken". Get off the 4 lane black top and enjoy the views and galleries on the High Road. Be sure to check their website or get a map to see all of the gallery options. One word of advice, eat in... More

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