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High Road to Taos, Taos

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Take a drive along High Road to Taos, the scenic byway between Santa Fe and Taos, for a beautiful tour of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and historic villages. If you're interested in natural wonders, stop along the way to enjoy views of forests, mountains, and high desert. The road also winds through Pueblo Indian and Spanish Land Grant villages, where you can explore remnants of Old Spain and visit galleries. As you wander the villages, take in the scenery, talk to the locals, purchase authentic crafts, or pop into a restaurant for a bite to eat. On the way back, you might try the Low Road, which goes along the Rio Grande River. Plan your High Road to Taos visit and explore what else you can see and do in Taos using our Taos trip itinerary maker.
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  • My niece and I drove from Taos to Santa Fe. The natural beauty is amazing. The Carson National Forest is beautiful and as you get closer to Santa Fe the scenery is even more spectacular. I highly reco...  more »
  • The drive is pretty but the artist stops were not that great. We enjoyed the views but this is a one and done thing.  more »
  • We drove from Taos to Santa Fe. It was not what we expected. The scenery was lovely. Winding through the mountain areas was beautiful. Then coming down into pastoral valleys............beautiful. What...  more »

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Where to stay in Taos

Taos offers a wealth of accommodations right in town and in the surrounding area. Plenty of small inns, bed and breakfasts, and hotels lie in and around the business district, but your options greatly expand when you consider renting a small house or an apartment. Where you stay depends on what you come for. If you want to use Taos as a base for seeing local sites, opt for accommodation within the city limits. If you plan to spend most of your time in the mountains, the Valdez and Arroyo Seco areas are convenient. Staying between these areas and downtown puts you close to the Taos Pueblo Indian Lands.
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