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Don’t Miss the High Road to Taos Studio Tour This Fall

Chimayó gallery on the High Road to Taos

Few things in New Mexico in the fall are more beautiful than a drive along the High Road to Taos. Whether you’re just out for the day venturing between Santa Fe and Taos or want to visit the open studios and galleries during the High Road to Taos fall studio tours, it’s truly a mesmerizing trip that you won’t want to miss. 

Conveniently, some of the best studios and artisans during the fall High Road to Taos Studio Tour are right here in Chimayó, home to famous weavers and more. The High Road to Taos passes right by our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico, before continuing on Highway 76 and through some of the most breathtaking vistas in the high deserts of New Mexico. 

Though any time of year is beautiful along this scenic northern New Mexico drive, fall is unbeatable. New Mexico’s signature aspens turn their gorgeous shade of gold, contrasting perfectly with the evergreen piñon pines and the other hues of the desert landscapes. With so much beauty at your fingertips and plenty of sensational art to explore, you’ll want several days to enjoy it all. 

We offer a quiet, serene place to escape crowds and six acres of beautiful desert landscapes to admire. There’s simply no better place to unwind on the High Road to Taos than our #1-rated Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico. Book your room today! 

Yarn used by Chimayó weavers during the High Road to Taos Fall Studio Tour

High Road to Taos Fall Studio Tour

The High Road to Taos is a gorgeous winding route through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. It’s a beautiful route, but there is also an incredible concentration of artisans along the way, many of whom have been here for generations. The High Road Artisans open their doors each fall for the annual High Road to Taos fall studio tour.

The Fall Studio Tour of the High Road Artisans takes place during the last two weekends in September every year. It’s one of the most anticipated annual studio tours throughout northern New Mexico, and our Bed and Breakfast happens to be situated right in the heart of the action. 

2023 marks the 26th annual year of the High Road to Taos fall studio tour, which will take place September 16 – 17 and 23-24. The art you’ll encounter along this storied tour is wide-ranging, from traditional to contemporary. There are just over 40 galleries and studios along the route, featuring things like fiber arts, weaving, textiles, furniture, jewelry, sculpture, painting, ceramics, glass, wood carving, and so much more.

If you miss the annual fall studio tour along the High Road to Taos, don’t fret! The High Road Art Trail is actually open year-round. Though you may not have the same level of access to the studios and artisans, many of the best studios and galleries are open throughout the year. 

Scenery in the Taos Ski Valley on the High Road to Taos

Drive the High Road to Taos This Fall

Though the highlight of the fall studio tour is certainly the chance to visit with local artisans, purchase one-of-a-kind art, and explore the various studios and galleries, it also happens to be an unbelievably beautiful time to be traveling down the High Road to Taos Scenic Byway. This route meanders through the Sangre de Cristo mountains for 105 scenic miles, visiting historic towns and rural areas. 

In general, you can expect the trip up the High Road to Taos to take 2.5 hours – but if you go during the fall studio tour weekends, it will definitely take you longer. Not only will you want to visit the artisans and galleries open during these weekends, but you’ll also want to stop for photos and admire the breathtaking scenery as you go.

We also encourage you to dig in and learn more about each community’s history as you go. Traveling through the remote mountain villages on the High Road to Taos Scenic Byway, you’ll witness New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial roots and cultural heritage firsthand. Some of the communities worth exploring along the High Road to Taos include the following:

  1. Chimayó, home to the famed Santuario de Chimayó, the Ortega and Trujillo weavers, and, of course, our top-rated Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico.
  2. Cordova is a village known for its woodcarvers and the San Antonio de Padua Church.
  3. Truchas, an old Hispanic settlement known for its early 19th-century church, Nuestra Señora del Rosario. Truchas was built on a mesa below Truchas Peak, the second-highest peak in New Mexico.
  4. In Las Trampas, don’t miss the San Jose de Gracia, a church still in use after 225 years. You’ll also want to visit the Las Trampas Historic District, with its beautiful 18th-century Spanish Colonial architecture.
  5. In Ranchos de Taos, visit the San Francisco de Asis Church and admire the town’s Spanish Colonial architecture.

Given that our Bed and Breakfast in New Mexico is located in one of the charming towns along the High Road to Taos, it makes for a perfect home base for those visiting the fall studio tour or wanting to explore this remarkable area in more depth. Unwind in our comfortable guest rooms and be treated to our exceptional hospitality. Book your room today!