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“Get off the main roads!”
Review of High Road to Taos

High Road to Taos
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Private Tour: High Road to Taos from Santa Fe
Ranked #4 of 98 things to do in Taos
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

You can buzz right up to Taos from Santa Fe, or you can take the "high road to Taos." Take the scenic road! You will not regret the extra time it takes to drive up this road. Stop along the way to enjoy the little towns, churches and scenic vistas.

Thank Martin S
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

We had a GPS and it was still difficult to navigate but worth the aggregation. Just make sure you have a list of the towns that you will see along the way as the roads are not marked very well. The little towns and churches were worth exploring as you make your way to Taos.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

The little villages and churches along the way are charming. Lots of artists have studios at which you can look and buy. The mountain scenery is wonderful too.

Thank comtn
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

I've been coming to Taos since I was a child and we wouldn't think of not doing this drive at least once. In the summer you have the chance of spectacular monsoon storms. In the fall, there is beautiful foliage with dustings of snow on the mountains. And any time of year are the beautiful churches.
The churches are the highlight for me. The Spanish colonial architecture and design adapted to the southwest are outstanding. Year-by-year you never know what condition you will find the church at Las Trampas. It is a struggle for the small villages to maintain these magnificent structures.
The Santuario at Chimayo is one of the most holy, Catholic places in the United States. The surroundings have been cemented and modernized to accommodate the enourmous number of pilgrims that visit the site year-round, but the church itself is virtually unchanged on the interior.
PLEASE remember that these are holy sites. They welcome tourists, but please be respectful and MAKE a donation of some sort to help maintain.
If you are lucky, they will be selling chile powders outside the plaza. This will be some of the best you will ever taste. It can be kept for years in the freezer, so go for it.
Many people will start or end their trip at the Rancho de Chimayo restaurant. Great New Mexican cuisine (and gringo items like hamburgers). The prickly pear lemonade is wonderful.
By the way, these are Spanish villages, not Indian. There is a real cultural difference. You may want to watch "The Milagro Beanfield War" before you go. It was filmed in the area of the High Road. We met some "extras" for the film at Chimayo one day.

1  Thank Stephanie M
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We took the scenic High Road from Taos to Albuquerque. The scenery along the scenic drive is awesome. We visited the Santuario de Chimayo which is a Roman Catholic church in Chimayo town. The church has a small room called the little well which contains a round pit wtih "holy dirt" that is believed to have healing powers. We totally enjoyed the scenic drive!

1  Thank Hong2012
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