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High Road to Taos Art Villages


The 56-mile stretch of the High Road to Taos, rises and curves through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.

With a long history of exchange between these Spanish towns and the area’s adjacent two pueblos - Nambé and Picuris -  will not only inspire you by its beauty but also by the undiluted nature of the centuries-old traditions that are still practiced in the region today.

Visit many historic churches along the route, including Santuario de Chimayo on the south end of the bypass and Francisco de Asis Mission Church on the northside in Ranchos de Taos. The villages of the High Road: Nambé, Chimayo, Córdova, Truchas, Ojo Sarco, Las Trampas, El Valle and Ojito, Chamisal, Picurís, Peñasco, Llano San Juan and Llano de la Yegua, Vadito, Talpa, Ranchos de Taos.

When the trees turn yellow and the autumn sky deepens to cobalt, take part in the popular High Road Art Tour - two consecutive weekends of open studios and galleries that draw people from all over the state and country. View art and regional handcrafts in the villages dotting the High Road all year ‘round.



Pictured, several of many adobe churches on the High Road to Taos. Top, Llano de San Juan, Picuris Pueblo church, Las Trampas. Photos by Janet Burns.

Visit the High Road to Taos Art Villages website

High Road to Taos Art Villages

This string of small farms and tiny Spanish Land Grant villages include the artist communities of Penasco, Los Ojos, Truchas, Las Trampas and Chimayo.

Visit the High Road to Taos Art Villages website

Community Listings

  • High Road Artisans Association

    Our mission is to enhance the economic viability of the artists and artisans of the rural communities along the High Road to Taos in Northern New Mexico. visit site »

    Ojo Sarco Pottery

    The gallery and studio of clay artists Kathy Riggs and Jake Wilson. Showing clay, glass, paintings, jewelry. visit site »

    Peñasco Theatre

    Originally built in 1940 and situated in the small rural village of Penasco, this theatre offers special performances, movies, classes in aerials, physical theatre, poetry, and the visual arts. visit site »

    Art for the Heart

    Fine Folk Fiber and Clay Arts at community art resource center in Penasco on The High Road. Inspirational gallery, workshops, and gardens. visit site »

  • Gaucho Blue Gallery

    Artwork by Lise Poulsen, Nick Beason, Michael Vigil and other contemporary NM artists. visit site »