Upon your return to Highway 68, follow it north for four miles, where it becomes Highway 64 (or Paseo Del Pueblo Norte). While this is officially modern-day Taos, your journey isn’t complete without a visit to Taos Pueblo.
Keep driving for half a mile and turn left onto Highway to the Town of Taos, and drive two miles to the famous pueblo that has been continuously inhabited for more than 1,000 years. Home to the Red Willow People, this is the only Native American community with both UNESCO and National Historic Landmark designations. Today more than 1,900 Taos Indians live on the pueblo land.
After your visit, backtrack into Taos and, on the left side of Highway 64, you’ll find Kit Carson State Park — the final resting place of Carson and other prominent locals — and Kit Carson Home and Museum.
Just outside the park, also on Highway 64, you’ll find the historic Taos Inn. Home to the High Road’s best margarita, this registered historic landmark is the place locals go for live music and Doc’s chile rellenos. Stay the night, but be sure to explore surrounding galleries — don’t miss the Harwood Museum of Art, which exhibited Easy Rider Dennis Hopper’s art — as well as other counterculture projects before heading back home to the mainstream.
If You Go
In total, the distance between Santa Fe and Taos Pueblo, N.M., is about 73 miles. While visiting these sites, remember to be respectful of the people who inhabit them as well as their historic significance.