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June 15, 2012 / TAB

Taos- high to low


Taking the High Road to Taos, we wandered through the scenic country which started out as desert and shrub. Stopping at several pueblos on the way, some welcoming and others very private. No photos allowed in most of the scared areas including the village itself. We had read the guides to proper behavior and were prepared to be respectful and take home mental images.




We passed on the hike to the waterfalls at Nambè after a stop in the pueblo. The next stop was at the pilgrim site of the Statuario of Chimayó, which can receive 50,000 visitors during Easter Week. As you approach the chapel and shrine area, you can see simple crosses attached to the fences. The chapel (no photos) is decorated with an elaborate altar screen and is a small and intimate place of worship. Nearby is an small pit which contains blessed dirt said to have healing properties. The pit was originally the place where a cross grew magically. Down the hill is another chapel which is decorated in a very Native American style.


the symbol for the pilgrims

Truchas has a special church but it was so special we couldn’t find it. I think they hide it from the tourists. So we moved on to the show piece of Las Trampas, the San Josè de Garcia church from the mid 1700’s.

As we left town, we passed an old acequia handmade from a log. Doesn’t quite match up to Roman construction.

Reaching Taos, we headed for the Taos Pueblo, which welcomes visitors (fees for entrance and photo permissions). College guides take visitors around for tips and give information about the life and history of the people. This pueblo was inhabited continually for over 1000 years and was successful in getting back (after a 64 year fight) all of the lands which were seized by the government. There are about 20 families who still live in the pueblo today which has no running water or electricity. Other families live outside the walls in more modern housing and come in to open shops and work during the day.

Taos Pueblo church of San Geronimo


An earlier church which was burned to the ground with women and children inside taking sanctuary from American troops, now a cemetery 


the oldest parts of the pueblo, over 1000 years


These ovens are still in use daily.

Next we drove to the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Walking across the bridge is not for the faint of heart or those with height issues. This is New Mexico’s Grand Canyon with 800 ft. walls.

The low road back to Santa Fe began with a stop at San Francisco de Asis church which was undergoing its annual remudding.

In contrast to the high mountain forest road, the low road follows the river valley. This is farm land and apple orchards and vineyards line the road sides. The river is used for recreation as the kayakers demonstrated their skills.

Reaching the highway back to Santa Fe, we once again noted the whimsical creatures on the sound walls of the highway.




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  1. Paula / Aug 26 2012 12:47 pm

    I enjoyed looking at these again and your Moab photos are great. Is that you in the swim photo?

    • TAB / Aug 26 2012 4:01 pm

      Nope, I didn’t get to swim.

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