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The Low Road From Taos and Santa Fe

Taos, NM
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Just O.K.

The picture you see of this road makes it look as if you will be driving along next to the river... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful... a little congested and mundane at the end toward Santa Fe

We took the Low Road from Taos to Santa Fe. Much lovely scenery. Very good Rio Grande Visitor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The picture you see of this road makes it look as if you will be driving along next to the river but you are not really. There is perhaps one spot that looks like this. It is scenic but not terribly interesting terrain. It is...More

Thank P2005UYmaryb
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Low Road from Taos to Santa Fe. Much lovely scenery. Very good Rio Grande Visitor Center manned by National Park Service on the way . Turns into local stores and traffic toward the end but worth the drive. Good choice.

Thank Gloria G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This road isn't exactly a tourist attraction. It is the shortest and most direct road from Espanola to Taos. It is low because it goes through the Rio Grande valley adjacent to the river until it begins the 1,500 foot climb to Taos. The views...More

Thank agnitfom2000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice drive between Santa Fe and Taos. First part of the trip is pedestrian, but once the road narrows to two lanes and you get into the mountains, it's very scenic. Places on the west side of the road to stop along the Rio Grande...More

Thank mortravel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took the low road to Taos from the advice of women at the Sante fe visitor center, and glad we did! Beautiful views, especially following the rio grande. Stopped at the visitor center at the gorge......do stop and take a look of these amazing views!...More

Thank Reen173
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the high road to Taos and returned via the low road. Both very interesting and scenic in their own different ways. Enjoyed driving along the Rio Grande River, catching occasional glimpses of the rapids and boaters. River valley terrain exposes a different geologic and...More

2  Thank BlueridgeCharlie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing special about this drive. It is simply the shortest way to get from Santa Fe to Taos. There are some nice views and it rides along river in places. Take the High Road for a much more scenic way to go.

Thank Mrharley
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The so-called 'low road' - also known as the Rio Grande rift valley road, is one of the most gorgeous drives in the state. The rift valley is a remarkable geologic feature, and the Rio Grande runs alongside the road for much of the trip....More

1  Thank BeingVerb
Reviewed 9 May 2017

This is a gorgeous drive along the Rio Grande river. It is very scenic. When you get close to Taos you come out on this large plain where you can see for miles with Taos in the distance. We also drove out to the Rio...More

3  Thank slc3271
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Where the High Road takes you through the mountains and high mesas, the Low Road comes down off the mesa and travels along the Rio Grande Gorge and River. Great pull outs lets you picnic and get up close and personal with the river. You...More

Thank Fred W
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Judy H
Are there towns we should go into on both high low roads? Is there an area where local goods are sold at a reasonable cost?
26 January 2017|
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Response from M0minga | Reviewed this property |
There are two traditional long-standing weaving shops in Chimayo--Ortega's (bigger one) and Trujillo's which I prefer because it's smaller, family-owned and staffed, and more personal.
Judy H
Is there a route number for the high-low roads to and from Taos
13 January 2017|
Response from William L | Reviewed this property |
Head north on US 84/285 and turn right on NM 503 where the "High Road" to Taos begins. Take NM 503 to NM 76. Follow NM 76 to Chimayó, a traditional weaving village with galleries featuring work by award-winning weavers. Here... More