Begin your Taos adventure on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe. Drive north to downtown Española. Heading east, look for the intersection of NM 68 and State Route (SR) 76. Drive east on SR 76 through the quaint settlement of Santa Cruz
SR 76 continues through the Española Valley, passing through a series of small artistic settlements, the largest of which is Chimayó. Note the area's many apple orchards.
SR 76 is known as "The High Road." You'll soon understand why as the mountain settlements of Truchas and Cordova come into view. Truchas is perched along the ridge. Its many old tin-roofed adobe homes offer an almost unchanged view of life in New Mexico during the last century.
Continue your scenic drive north on SR 76 through Las Trampas, Chamisal, and Peñasco. The Picuris Pueblo, smallest of New Mexico's pueblos, is famed for its clay pottery flecked with mica. Ojo Sarco ("dry eye") offers a fine locally owned pottery studio.
Turn left at NM 518 for your passage through the unspoiled beauty of Carson National Forest.On your way into Taos, pass through the quaint village of Talpa. Turn right on the clearly marked main highway into Taos.