High Road to Taos
This day trip takes you to the charming town of Taos and back to Santa Fe. We recommend traveling to Taos on the beautiful High Road and returning to Santa Fe along the scenic Low Road. (Approximately 165 miles roundtrip.)
Taos Pueblo at sunset
Make your road trip extra special with a deluxe picnic basket packed just for the two of you. Take a little break from your drive and have a romantic meal along the way. Enjoy selections of artisan & house prepared lunch foods including: sandwiches, salads, fruit, sparkling water, and house baked goods.
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A road trip for two might be the perfect place to pop the big question! On the way to Taos, keep an eye out for the perfect spot and pull over when you find it. Turn your vacation at our Santa Fe bed and breakfast into an engagement celebration with a romantic add-on or even our special elopement package if you’re ready to tie the knot in New Mexico!
Nambé Pueblo & Nambe Falls
The Pueblo of Nambé, home to one of the most spectacular natural waterfalls in the southwest, is situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and encompasses nearly 20,000 acres of high desert landscape. Nambe, originally “Nanbe”, meaning round earth, is one of six Tewa-speaking pueblos of Northern New Mexico. In 1977 the Pueblo opened the Nambé Falls Recreation Area to visitors for day hikes, picnicking, and overnight camping.
This small village is located 25 miles north of Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This quaint northern New Mexico town is also the home of the famous Santuario de Chimayó (a National Historic Landmark). The church built from 1814-1816 remains a pilgrimage destination for devoted Christians each Holy Week who attribute the red clay of the Santuario with miraculous powers of healing.
Even today, each Easter tens of thousands of people walk to the Santuario, some from hundreds of miles away. Over the years, the pilgrims who came would leave with vials of holy water, buckets of holy dirt and sacks of the famous local chile. Today Chimayó is famous for the weavings of the Ortega and Trujillo families and Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant.
Along the scenic High Road to Taos lies the village of Truchas. Venturing through this ridge top village (continuing past the turn to Taos), provides an opportunity to view the village’s well-preserved history. The original adobe homes are woven tightly along the curved road, and outside the general store, still in operation, a few old gentlemen gather to share the local news. The village’s beauty and simple way of life have, over the last 20 years, attracted various artists to the region. Prominent galleries include: Hand Artes Gallery, Cardona-Hine Gallery, and Móntez Gallery. Robert Redford filmed The Milagro Beanfield War in Truchas.
Peñasco is a small rural mountain town, population 700. The majority of its residents are Native and Hispano peoples whose families have lived and farmed there for generations. Is it time to eat? Be sure to stop at Sugar Nymphs Bistro in the heart of Peñasco on NM 75. Next door to Sugar Nymphs Bistro is the Peñasco Theatre home of Peñasco Theatre Collective a theatrical group that uses a variety of artistic mediums including aerials (trapeze, rope, hoop, fabric), physical theatre (clowning, juggling, acrobalance), poetry, visual art (painting, puppet-making, fabric arts), and dance (flamenco, hip-hop and other movement-based disciplines). Nearby is Picuris Pueblo. Picuris Pueblo was called by its neighbors “pikuria”, or “those who paint”. They have a long history of creating beautiful arts, crafts, and pottery. This tradition of artistry continues to this day. They have a Gallery/Gift Shop at the Pueblo
A rolling mesa at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos, population 5,700, has a magical quality. Like Santa Fe its majestic mountains and unique blend of cultures – Spanish, Native American and Anglo – have historically drawn artists, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
Millicent Rogers Museum
At the Millicent Rogers Museum, four miles north of Taos, visitors can enjoy an outstanding historical collection of Native American jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and weavings, as well as Hispanic textiles, metalwork, sculpture, and a wide range of contemporary Southwestern art. The original collection was amassed by Standard Oil Heiress Millicent Rogers and has been expanded to include Hispanic secular and religious arts and crafts from colonial to current times. Museum hours and information can be found on their website.
The Taos Art Museum
The Taos Art Museum is housed in the home of Nicolai Fechin, who, with his family, moved to Taos in 1927. Born in Russia, Fechin is one of the most important portrait painters of the 20th Century. His paintings of Native Americans and of the New Mexico desert landscape are considered among his best works. The Museum’s permanent collection also includes many examples of Fechin’s carvings, along with over 300 works of art by more than 50 Taos artists, and features the Taos Society of Artists and Taos Moderns. 505-758-2609
The Taos Pueblo, about a mile North of Taos, is an ancient pueblo belonging to a Tiwa-speaking Native American tribe of Pueblo people. At approximately 1000 years old, the pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States and is designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The pueblo is still home to hundreds who maintain the traditional cultural beliefs of their ancient society. Check out their website for schedule of tours, dances and ceremonies open to visitors.
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Travel west on US Hwy 64 to reach the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System. The bridge is a three-span steel continuous-deck-truss structure with a concrete-filled steel-grid deck. It was called the “bridge to nowhere” while it was being built because the funding did not exist to continue the road on the other side. Parking is available adjacent to the bridge and walking to the middle of the span offers great views of the Rio Grande Gorge with the Taos Mountain in the background.
DH Lawrence Ranch & Tomb
The D.H. Lawrence Ranch, also known as the Kiowa Ranch, is located in San Cristobal, New Mexico, approximately 20 miles north of Taos on NM522. The ranch is a 4.2 mile drive on Lawrence Ranch Road from NM522. The Ranch was the New Mexico home of the English novelist D. H. Lawrence for about two years during the 1920s. After Lawrence’s death, Frieda returned to the ranch and lived there, building a memorial building and tomb for DH in 1934. At her death in Taos in 1956, Frieda was buried at the memorial site and she bequeathed the Ranch to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Her grave is located just outside the Memorial building. The ranch is open to the public on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Low Road from Taos to Santa Fe
Returning from Taos via NM 68 (The Low Road) you travel along the Rio Grande for part of the journey.
San Francisco de Assisi Historic Church
This historic church, four miles south of Taos in Rancho de Taos, dates from 1772. Artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams have memorialized this famous church because of its unique massive adobe and masonry architecture. This edifice is ideally entered through the garden on the west side to fully appreciate its enormous structure and authentic adobe construction. The church is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but is closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. Please call for more information. 505-758-2754
The Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo has a well-known art center, the Ohkay Owingeh Arts & Crafts Cooperative where visitors may watch many of the artisans working in a variety of art forms, and where jewelry, pottery, and other work from over one hundred artists may be purchased. One of the most interesting aspects of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo life for the visitor are the numerous ceremonies that take place throughout the year, under the auspices of the two-part social system, the Winter People and the Summer People. Ohkay Owingeh was previously known as San Juan Pueblo until returning to its pre-Spanish name in November 2005. The Tewa name of the pueblo means “place of the strong people”
Traveling the Low Road visitors can experience New Mexico’s northern wine & distillery trail. This includes Blue Heron Brewing Co. & Winery in Embudo, Vivac and La Chiripada in Dixon, Black Mesa in beautiful Velarde, Estrella Del Norte less than a mile east on NM 503, and Don Quixote Distillery & Winery in Pojoaque. All have tasting rooms featuring their offerings and other gifts.