What Is It? The Taos area is also ideal for scenic drives, which is good to know if you’re not in the mood for a hike.
Why Do It? The High Road leads into Taos from New Mexico Highways 503 and 76, passing by the pilgrimage village of Chimayo along the way. Along this drive, you can also visit the communities of Truchas, Cordova, Ojo Sarco, and Las Trampas. Take note of the lovely rugs, pottery, jewelry, and woodcarvings in shops you see while in and around Taos, and consider supporting the local artists who work here.
Good to Know: Another great route is the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, which is about 83 miles in length as you leave Taos on New Mexico Highway 522. Detour to the Gorge Bridge, Arroyo Seco, Arroyo Hondo, and on to Taos Ski Valley. Also, the entire drive from Santa Fe to Taos is scenic and offers mountain and canyon views, as well as a few wineries to stop at for a tasting.