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High Road to Taos

Taos, NM
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Ranked #8 of 38 attractions in Taos
Type: Scenic Drives
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you have an extra day, try this route. We had to bypass most of the interesting stops, but still enjoyed the view.

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Bay Shore, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Wish I could have enjoyed the journey to Taos a bit more. With single lanes in both directions, you don't get to appreciate the drive as much as you should...especially with tailgaiters. Not memorable.

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Leawood, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

When you begin heading north, Chimayo is "left". It's a recommended town to stop. We had a map, took a right, had a wonderful diversion into real rural New Mexico. Reminded us of Ireland or Europe in the narrow roads close between buildings...That road then hooks up with where the Chimayo road led to.. for Las Trampas, etc. Then eventually... More

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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110 reviews 110 reviews
26 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Get off the main drag and take the high road between Taos and Santa Fe (Hwy. 518). From Taos don't take the short route back (Hwy. 75) to the main drag. When passing by the town of Penasco head south on Hwy. 76 and take in spectacular views if the second highest mountains in New Mexico, the Truchas Peaks (13,000... More

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Newark,Delaware
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168 reviews 168 reviews
46 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We really enjoyed this scenic ride very much! It was thoroughly worth every minute. There are many interesting stops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Great leisurely drive from Santa Fe to Taos. Loved El Santuario de Chimayo and the nearby Santo Niño chapel. If you go south to north, Sugar Nymphs Bistro in Penasco is a fabulous place to stop for lunch. Don't be put off by the exterior... the food is 5*+!!! We didn't find anything stop-worthy in the other villages and those... More

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Austin, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It was a scenic, winding drive, most of the way through the national forest. As we got closer to Sante Fe it was more desert but still pretty. We didn't stop at any of the galleries on the way but there are several. My only disappointment was that there are too few safe areas to pull out and take photos... More

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Berkeley, Ca
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went back & forth from Taos to Santa Fe several times on our trip. We went the low road several times, which is lovely. But the high road is just spectacular -- constantly changing scenery, interesting little towns that you go by. I'd love to go back and go more slowly next time!

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