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“Best way from Santa Fe to Taos.....................”
Review of High Road to Taos

High Road to Taos
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Private Tour: High Road to Taos from Santa Fe
Ranked #9 of 104 things to do in Taos
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

There are two ways to get to Taos from Santa Fe. This is the one to choose. Yes, it takes longer and is probably a little further. That said, there is much less traffic, several little towns and sites to explore and much more to see than the drive through Espanola.

We like to drive the High Road and stop at any place along the way that looks interesting. It might be the Sanctuario de Chimayo or an art gallery in Truchas. The next time it might be lunch in Penasco or a visit to a 1776 church. Slow down, get local and enjoy what the backroads of NM have to offer.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This was the only reason we decided to drive all the way to Santa Fe. I wanted to take the High Road to Taos. Let me talk about the highlights first.

The Sanctuario de Chimayo is most definitely worth stopping at.

You pass through other towns after Chimayo, and while they are beautiful farming villages, and may offer unique artisian stops, I wouldn't recommend stopping unless the signage for these folks is better. Unfortunately, there are crime and drug problems along this route. One can feel like they are not in the US along this route. It is rural, rugged, and beautiful.

We stopped in Truchas which is a cool artsy town and stopped at an old house turned gallery. This is where we gathered a bunch of a brochures, etc. One of particular interest was the High Road Artisans brochure. This brochure highlights different artisans and their particular skill and what they offer. While this is a great idea in theory, it didn't particularly work as most of those places are homes and have no signage OR the directions are terrible and you end up on dirt roads to private driveways with no clear sign of where you are.

If you stop in Penasco, the only bathroom we found available was at the Feed and Tool store near the gas station.

Many of these communities are poor with depressed economies, but they are surrounded by beautiful scenery and a wonderful history.

It is truly another world...

1  Thank Kelly S
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

If you have an extra hour to spend coming or going from Taos, this highway is recommended for its beauty and history of the small farming communities you will pass through. Try to stop and visit some of the churches along the way...not much on the outside but gorgeous and stunning on the inside.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

The High Road is long and some of it gorgeous. It was also interesting to go off the path to Truchas. It is the poorest town in the U.S. I have been to outside of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Beautiful drive, we did it a day or two after a snow storm. It's plowed, but did leave extra time for ice, snow in cold weather, you will probably encounter it. Beautiful country! Actually saw a cougar cross road in front of car coming from a carcass...didn't think they were up there, but they are. Cross many climate zones in a few hours.

Thank Jeanette M
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