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The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe

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Address: Taos, NM
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off the beaten path, very lovely drive between Taos and Santa Fe. The other way is nice too, but this one is truly special.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

off the beaten path, very lovely drive between Taos and Santa Fe. The other way is nice too, but this one is truly special.

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Malvern, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Low Road from Taos to Santa Fe involves taking 68 out of Taos to 84 and into Santa Fe. It is quite a bit faster than the High Road but not as scenic. There are some beautiful views along the river. The ideal thing to do if time permits is to take the High Road up to Taos and... More 

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Taos, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On my very first approach to Taos 30 years ago, the views took my breath away! Unlike the High Road to Taos with all its little villages, this is mostly just a scenic drive with gorgeous vistas! This road follows the Rio Grande for several miles with places to pull off and pause for a moment or two. This is... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I love driving along the river, always so beautiful. Either road you take, it is gorgeous, so it's a win win situation all around!!!

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This drive has always been a beautiful intrigue of colors and textures jockeying for your eye's attraction.

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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

After taking the high road back and forth a few times, I thought I would give it a try. Lots of places to pull over right next to the river and plenty of places I should have stopped but didn't. Try it in winter, the river looks excellent in snow.

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Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

My husband & I decided to take the High Road to Taos & the Low Road to Santa Fe. The views on the low road were beautiful. Riding along the mountains & the Rio Grande was a sight to see.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

As you enter the canyon from Velarde, you follow the Rio Grande part-way to Taos. The road is smooth--but can be icy in the winter. There is a point where you veer left and head up a hill-and then bam....there is the Rio Grande Gorge and a great view of the valley, the town and the mountains. Takes my breath... More 

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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Ignore the fanfare about taking the High Road to Taos which is underwhelming. The Low Road to Taos is not only faster but the vistas are spectacular and cannot compete with the Low Road.

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Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The high road is special because of the sanctuario and weavers in Chimayo and the acequia in Las Trampas, plus being in the mountains. But this has some fantastic mountain and river views as well. Do both routes!

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