High Road to Taos Day Trip | Journey from Santa Fe to Taos through the Scenic and Historic High Road

Offered Year-Round | Every Wednesday & Saturday

$349 per person + tax for party of two | $299 per person + tax for party of three or more | Min 2ppl & Max 12ppl

Meet at Santa Fe’s Inn & Spa at Loretto lobby at 8:00AM and return to the same location at 4:30PM

Includes all entry fees and lunch in Taos at Orlando’s.

Journey from Santa Fe to Taos through the Scenic Historic High Road

Travel North from Santa Fe via the scenic High Road, a byway that traverses a historic mountainous route and ventures into remote artistic enclaves delighting in ancestral roots. Be ready for a full day of New Mexico history, architecture and culture.

First, we’ll arrive in Chimayó on the doorstep of the Santuario de Chimayó, where a sacred shrine built in the early 1800s has become the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the United States. Continuing on from Chimayó, we’ll visit charmingly bucolic villages, meet local artists, and take in sweeping vistas. Before long you will begin to appreciate the blend of culture, tradition and natural beauty that makes this region so special. 

Winding upward along the High Road, we’ll catch a view of the elusive Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s tallest mountain, before descending the verdant canyon road into Taos.

Upon arriving in Taos, you will realize our adventure has just begun. Our first stop is the San Francisco de Asis church, which has long been a favorite subject of artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Ansel Adams. The unique adobe architecture of the church has made it one of the most iconic and recognizable structures in the state.

From there we’ll head to the charming Taos Plaza and wander through the shops, galleries and boutiques exploring the historic and contemporary weaves of the downtown area.

By now you’ll probably be ready to dig into some traditional Northern New Mexican cuisine at Orlando’s Cafe, which boasts arguably the best red chile in the state.

Our next stop will take us to the spectacularly diverse Millicent Rogers Museum, home to one of the largest private collections of art and cultural artifacts in the Southwest.

Next we’ll explore the Rio Grande Gorge and venture onto the famous bridge to peer over the 565-foot-deep chasm. The thrilling setting helps to illuminate the complicated geology that has produced the famed Rio Grande Rift. We will begin our trip back to Santa Fe by traversing the rim road that follows the rift, winding slowly down into the belly of the gorge. This lightly-traveled path will have you marveling at the expanse of multi-colored basalt walls towering around you!

Finally, add a stop at Vivác winery if you feel parched. Vivác means “high-altitude refuge” in Spanish and that is exactly what this winery emulates. Choosing only the highest quality New Mexico-grown grapes, they’ve perfected hand-harvested and hand-sorted processes that rival the finest international vineyards.

Our High Road to Taos tour will introduce you to the history, the heritage and the people that makes this mountain region so spellbindingly unique. Allow us to introduce you to this authentically New Mexican place – one you are sure to be enchanted by for years to come.

*Taos Pueblo is currently closed. We are closely monitoring the situation and hope the Pueblo will reopen soon. In the meantime, we are focusing our tours on the many other unique cultural attractions of the area.