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304 C N, Pueblo St Rd, Taos, NM 87571, USA
"Red or green?" In New Mexico, you'll be asked that question often--it's literally the "official state question," decreed by the legislature: do you want smoky red chile, or fruity-but-hot green chile sauce? If you can't decide, say "Christmas,"...
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Ranchos De Taos, NM, USA
Driving north from Santa Fe, just as you approach Taos, turn your head to the right, and there it is--the San Francisco de Asis Church. This 18th-century adobe mission architecture just south of Taos, NM, has become an icon due to the paintings of...
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Taos Pueblo, NM, USA
One of the iconic sights of the American Southwest, Taos Pueblo has been inhabited for at least a thousand years. The adobe architecture seems to spring, organic, from the earth at the foot of Taos Mountain. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site, but...
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Taos is great for food and art but take the time to drive out to Taos Pueblo, the oldest continuously inhabited community in America. There is a beauty in it's age along with awe that people still live, work, pray, and play there.
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El Prado, NM 87529, USA
10 miles north of Taos (you head out of town and turn left at the "blinking light"), the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, recently renovated in 2012, will give you a dizzying sense of vertigo and the opportunity to take pictures that will make you look...
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60 St Francis Plaza, Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557, USA
In Ranchos de Taos, the San Francisco de Asis Church is the most photographed and painted building in the state. I was once in Boston at a gallery and saw a painting that was simply a sandy-brown curve and blue sky. I knew immediately it was this...
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Taos, NM, NM, USA
The area around Taos, New Mexico is quite volcanic, with extinct volcanos rising blue in the distance. The basalt plain west of town is cut deeply by the Rio Grande and can be viewed for dramatic effect in the afternoons when the shadows delineate...
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Taos, NM, NM, USA
My two friends and I soaked in some springs along the river. We stayed for three hours until we were fully pruned. To make the organic experience complete, an old naked hippie joined later ranting about anarchy. I swear that water has healing...
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From Highway 64 outside Taos, New Mexico, Earthships look like the domed roofs of underground dwellings. Turns out they're even more interesting than that. After growing fed up with the amount of trash he produced, Earthship Founder Michael...
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Taos, NM, NM, USA
Just west of Taos, the high sagebrush plateau of northern New Mexico abruptly gives way: the Rio Grande Gorge. Eight hundred feet below, the River grinds inexorably away into the earth... Wake up early, lace up your running shoes and head out of...
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Taos, NM, NM, USA
Driving from Taos to Santa Fe, NM we ventured over the Rio Grande on a detour to the Earthships. About 10 miles west of Taos, this 500+ foot bridge is extravagant. A fear of heights and high bridges will not help you over this bridge, but what...
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60 St Francis Plaza, Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557, USA
I first attended Mass in this church in 1968, nearly 200 years after it's construction began in 1772, and have been visitng it every since. It is not old by European standards, but for America's brief history, it is. Although construction was not...
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20 ABC Mesa Road, El Prado, NM 87529, USA
We found this brewery on our way back to Taos from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (which I also recommend!). It feels like it's in the middle of nowhere, until you get inside. The building itself is interesting, but the people inside are even more...
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Taos, NM, NM, USA
If you take "The High Road" from Santa Fe north to Taos, you're in for plenty of mountain vistas and old adobe churches; plan to stop frequently. Spaniards founded villages here in the 17th and 18th centuries--their northernmost reach into the...
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17 Santuario Dr # A, Chimayo, NM 87522, USA
A little family-owned store that's been around since the 1920's, the El Potrero Trading Post in Chimayó offers provisions both 'spiritual' and 'temporal'--Catholic and Zuni carvings, popsicles and chile peppers... Get here by taking the "high...
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15 Santuario Dr, Chimayo, NM 87522, USA
The grounds that lead up to this small chapel are festooned with rosaries, small crosses, offerings, all made before entering the church and small ante-room to the left of the nave, where two toy trowels sat in a dirt hole, the better to scoop a...