NYNM, because most visitors to Santa Fe (at least for the first time) are probably also going to want to visit Taos, they might as well take the upper high road, which I found incredibly pleasant. There are worse things than feeling as if you’re traveling through Bavaria at times. Otherwise, they’ll miss villages like Truchas that take you back hundreds of years.
Your name sounds as if you spend much time in both NY and NM–lucky you!
You know, that’s true. I guess most first-time visitors aren’t from Bavaria!!! There’s lots of variety on the High Road!The old crafts shops near Truchas and Ojo Sacro are special, too.
One of the nice things near Taos is the famous Rancho de Taos Church. I happened to be around there one Christmas and went to Christmas Mass there. Incredible!!! Not tourist at all, just local Hispanics who said the mass in Spanish. It was very touching. I stayed at the Sagebrush Inn and had a lovely Christmas Dinner there. Yes, I am lucky: I have two (tiny) condos, one in NYC and one in SF. Can’t get better foods than this!!