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“Nice scenic drive”

Reviewed October 10, 2012

We took the Low Road from Albuquerque to Taos. It was a nice scenic drive in Oct with the fall foliage along the river. Do stop by Rio Grande Gorge Visitors Center for useful tour information and advices. We were very grateful to the lady volunteer, Marilyn, who was very welcoming and helpful.
We took the High Road back to Albuquerque. In my personal view, if it is a single trip, the high road is a better choice for it's beautiful countryside scenery. when you are on the High Road, Be sure to visit Santuario de Chimayo, a national historic landmark.

Thank Hong2012
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

It was a beautiful drive...especially in the fall...the colors were just coming on and it was spectacular!

Thank PKN428
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We took the High Road from Santa Fe to Taos, and the Low Road back home. (see separate review of the High Road). We really enjoyed the low road. Not too far out of Taos, you begin having views of the Rio Grande Gorge off in the distance on the right. We stopped off at Orilla Verde area of the Gorge and drove up the steep/washboard road to find the Vista Verde Trailhead. We hiked a portion of this trail, thinking we would have views of the gorge. We didn't make it far enough to see the gorge, but the trail itself was fun and the mountain views great.

Continuing south towards Santa Fe, there are a couple of scenic pullover areas- worth the time to stop and take in the beautiful vistas. Good photo opportunities as well. The biggest treat on the way back to Santa Fe were the varying scenes going on in the sky. A storm off to the east- producing wide areas of rain you could see coming down out of the clouds. The occasional huge bolt of lightening. And to the west, signs of a beautiful sunset on the way. The sunset was an amazing progression of colors in the sky. Had to stop at one point to take some photos- the colors were really unusual and bold. One of the prettiest sunsets we have seen!

Definitely worth taking a day trip to Taos from Santa Fe- if nothing else, than for getting to experience the beautiful views on both the High Road and the Low Road.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

When you're headed south from Taos to Santa Fe, the drive becomes scenic just before you drop down into the Rio Grande Gorge. Be sure to stop at the parking area where there's usually an old pickup truck whose owner is selling jerky, and look back at the gorge receding towards southern Colorado. After winding down to the Rio Grande, take a brief detour at Pilar on the road that leads to the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. You'll pass an old, homemade bridge on your left. Park and walk out onto it. Contemplate the river, realizing the water flowing below you originated in the mountains near Creede, Colorado, and will eventually flow into the Gulf of Mexico. In autumn, the cottonwoods along the river glow with a golden light. Once the road deviates from the river, the drive is admittedly much less scenic - even ugly as you pass through Española - but the scenery I've described makes the drive worth it, in my opinion.

3  Thank PerfectTommy
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We took the high road to Taos and thought it was nice but not as impressive as some had led us to believe. After driving the low road back to Sante Fe we better understood why people recommend the high road.

Thank ColeenRN
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