My favorite part of the ride is from the turnoff at Nambe to Chimayo. Its pretty much highway riding until the turnoff, then it goes thru some rural area next to the Rio Nambe (they sell chiles off the road there), through beautiful overhanging treed land esp. great in autumn, then thre "badlands" up to Chimayo. It’s the lower part of the high road!
I like it becuase it is different from so much if the USA, very southwest. I had a visitor from Germany once who inisted we take the High Road tour, but after Trampas she said, Oh this just looks like Germany. Rather generic forest land thers. So stick to Chimayo and get that meal (and Chimayo cocktail)at el Rancho!!!!