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The High Road to Taos Pueblo

Originating at The Inn of the Five Graces, you will journey North from Santa Fe by luxury SUV along the scenic High Road, a byway that traverses a historic mountainous route for a full day of New Mexico history, architecture and culture.

First, we’ll arrive in Chimayó on the doorstep of the Santuario de Chimayó, where a sacred shrine built in the early 1800s has become the most important Catholic pilgrimage site in the United States. Continuing on from Chimayó, we’ll visit charmingly bucolic villages, meet local artists, and shopping and take in sweeping vistas. Before long you will begin to appreciate the blend of culture, tradition and natural beauty that makes this region so special.

Taos Pueblo + Rio Grand Gorge

Winding upward along the High Road, we’ll catch a view of the elusive Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s tallest mountain, before descending the verdant canyon road into Taos.

 

From there we’ll head to the Taos Pueblo. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years, the multi-storied adobe buildings of the Pueblo will provide a rare glimpse into the ancient past. After our tour, enjoy a traditional Puebloan lunch prepared by Bertha’s at Al’Thloo’s Café. Al’Thloo means grandmother in Tiwa and reflects the locally inspired home-made specialties like chicken stuffed fry bread and pinon coffee. Take in the sound of the Rio de Pueblo savoring your Puebloan lunch by picnic blanket.

 

Next we’ll explore the Rio Grande Gorge and venture onto the famous bridge to peer over the 565-foot-deep chasm. The thrilling setting helps to illuminate the complicated geology that has produced the famed Rio Grande Rift. We will begin our trip back to Santa Fe by traversing the rim road that follows the rift, winding slowly down into the belly of the gorge. This lightly-traveled path will have you marveling at the expanse of multi-colored basalt walls towering around you!

Vivac Winery

Finally, a stop at Vivác winery for. Vivác means “high-altitude refuge” in Spanish and that is exactly what this winery emulates. Choosing only the highest quality New Mexico-grown grapes, they’ve perfected hand-harvested and hand-sorted processes that rival the finest international vineyards.

Our High Road to Taos tour will introduce you to the history, the heritage and the people that makes this mountain region so spellbindingly unique. Allow us to introduce you to this authentically New Mexican place – one you are sure to be enchanted by for years to come.

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2

1 = Easy  |  3 = Moderate  |  5 = Difficult
GUEST MIN/MAX: 2 min / 12 max

TRAVELER TIPS

At high elevations and in a dry climate, proper hydration, warm breathable layers, and sun protection is a necessity. New Mexico weather can also change without much notice.
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Luxury SUV transportation with your field guide
  • Entry fees into Taos Pueblo
  • Traditional pueblo style lunch
  • Wine Tasting

*This Experience is very limited. Please sign up early to secure this opportunity.

Heritage Inspirations & The Inn of The Five Graces

Heritage Inspirations is the preeminent luxury adventure company in New Mexico, and as Forbes Magazine points out, “one of the few truly high-end, meaningful, genuine, and sustainability-minded travel companies operating in the United States.”

Bringing a lifetime of invaluable insights and connections, Heritage Inspirations draws on their closest relationships to thoughtfully illuminate the incredible people, cultural sites, traditions, magnificent landscapes, and natural wonders for our guests.

Together with the Five Graces Private Experiences team, we have crafted highly curated, all-inclusive guided tours specifically designed to inspire ‘core memories’ that will endure long after the journey ends.

*Five Graces Private Experiences, offered in partnership with Heritage Inspirations, are exclusively available to guests of The Inn.

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