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DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO TAOS

Driving from:

From Albuquerque: I-25 to Santa Fe; exit on 599 north to by-pass Santa Fe; Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 68 to Taos.
From Arizona: I-40 to Albuquerque; I-25 to Santa Fe; Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 68 to Taos.
From Denver: I-25 to Colorado Springs to Walsenburg; Hwy. 160 to Fort Garland; Hwy. 159 and Hwy. 522 to Taos.
From Vail: I-70 to Copper Mountain; Hwy. 91 to Leadville; Hwy. 24 and Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
From Breckenridge: Hwy. 9 to Fairplay; Hwy. 285 and Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
From Crested Butte: Hwy. 135 to Gunnison; Hwy. 50 to Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
From Purgatory/Durango: Hwy. 160 to Pagosa Springs; Hwy. 84 to Chama; Hwy. 17 to Antonito; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
From West Texas: I-40 to Clines Corners; Hwy. 285 to I-25 to Santa Fe; Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 68 to Taos.

Driving Distances / Approximate Times to Taos

Albuquerque 135 mi. / 2:15
Amarillo 302 mi / 5:00
Atlanta 1550 mi / 23:30
Austin 872 mi / 14:00
Chicago 1330 mi / 20:00
Dallas 682 mi / 11:00
Denver 300 mi / 5:00
Durango 208 mi / 3:30
El Paso 400 mi / 6:30
Houston 1047 mi / 16:30
Kansas City 825 mi / 12:30
Los Angeles 950 mi / 15:00
Nashville 1318 mi / 20:00
New York City 2040 mi / 27:30
Oklahoma City 558 mi / 8:15
Phoenix 568 mi / 8:30
Santa Fe 72 mi / 1:15
Seattle 1640 mi / 21:00
Tulsa 720 mi / 11:00
Vail/Breckinridge 270 mi / 4:0

Alternative Routes to Taos

Two major routes offer different experiences: The “High Road” from Santa Fe travels through the mountains, past 13,000 foot peaks and small, isolated mountain towns sprinkled along the way that retain the flavor of the early Spanish settlers who came here four centuries ago. This route is quite a bit longer, but worth it for scenic beauty, hidden galleries, mountain vistas and pure New Mexico charm.

Directions: Take Hwy. 285 north to Espanola; Hwy. 76 north to Chimayó , Cordova, Truchas, and Trampas; Hwy. 75 east to Peñasco; Hwy 518 north to Ranchos de Taos; and then Hwy 68 north to Taos Plaza. Download map and more dtailed directions here

View of Santuario de Chimayó front entranceway in Fall

Santuario de Chimayó Church in Fall

The “Low Road” from Santa Fe is the most direct route between Taos and communities to the south. It follows the Rio Grande through Northern New Mexico’s farming lowlands. During the summer, local produce farmers set up roadside fruit and vegetable stands. Also, just south of Taos, take advantage of the perspective stop to admire the rich landscape of Taos valley.

Directions: Simply follow Highway 285 to Espanola and then take NM 68 to Taos.

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