Travel north from Santa Fe on St. Francis Drive, Highway 285, to Española.
Continue north on NM 68 through the old settlements of Alcalde and Velarde. This is apple orchard country. A side trip to Dixon during fall harvest time is very rewarding. Stop at the Oñate Monument Visitor Center which chronicles Spanish colonization of North Central New Mexico.
Continue north on NM 68 through mountain country. On your last descent to the Taos plain, there is a breathtaking panorama of the mesa and tableland north of Taos. The trace of the Rio Grande is clearly visible to the north as it cuts through this vast, arid territory.
Arrive in Taos at the terminus of your trip.