TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: High Road to Taos

Published Date Author: , December 5th, 2016

Taos

The High Road to Taos of course is the road from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Taos, New Mexico. Actually there are two different ways to drive from Santa Fe to Taos, the High Road or the regular highway. Most people take the High Road to Taos and then take the four lane highway back to Santa Fe. Taos is only 70 miles from Santa Fe and takes just a little over an hour to drive on the four lane highway however it can take 2 1/2 to four hours when taking the High Road which is a very small two lane road that winds thru different very small villages.

taosFrom Santa Fe take New Mexico highway 76 all the way to Taos. The High Road to Taos is a scenic, winding road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains., It winds through high desert, mountains, forests, small farms and tiny Spanish Land Grant villages and Pueblo Indian villages with plenty of galleries and studios selling weavings, hand crafted pottery, woodwork, pottery, paintings, jewelry and other traditional art work of the region.

The first village is the Nambe Pueblo which is located about 15 miles north of Santa Fe. It has existed there since the 14th Century. We have been there many times and have seen their native Indian dances and festivals. All visitors and guests are invited to watch the different ceremonial functions that they have throughout the year.

The second village is Chimayo where the Ortega weavers are still producing high quality rugs, blankets and a sundry of other items which can be purchased from their gift shop. You will also find the 19th century Santuario de Chimayo Church, known as the “Lourdes of the Southwest” which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Other small villages are Cordova, Truchas and Ojo Sarco which also have native American Indians selling their wares. In Las Trampas, they have one of the oldest churches in the country. It was founded in 1751 and is called Santo Tomas Apostol del Rio de las Trampas.

TaosThe village of Truchas is a remarkable village. When we were there many years ago, we got to meet Robert Redford who was directing his movie, The Milagro Beanfield War back in 1988. Of course all of these villages are very small however visitors are made welcome by all of the residents.

Then you will approach Taos, New Mexico and you can explore the sights and sounds of that town. Visit the major pueblo there as well as the entire town. Our favorite restaurant in Taos is Orlando’s which has been around forever. Their address is 1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane. Besides having the best authentic food in town they also have a very delicious special dessert, Frozen Avocado Pie!

Orlando’s is a very funky place and is always crowded. Their downtown plaza in Taos is a must see. After a driving trip on the High Road to Taos you will come back to Santa Fe with your camera full of photos of fabulous historical places where you have visited and toured. Even if you are not into religion, you will certainly appreciate all of the very old architecture of the area.

Then when you return to Santa Fe, ALWAYS stay at the Inn of the Farolito Bed and Breakfast, www.farolito.com It is the finest accommodations in Santa Fe. Wayne and Walt have owned and operated the Inn for many years and guests always stay with them whenever they return to Santa Fe. We have been visiting Santa Fe for over 30 years and always find it so refreshing and always see new things and meet new people every time we go back.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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