It’s no secret that New Mexico boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the Southwest. During your stay at Casa Escondida, you’ll be able to experience the legendary natural beauty right from your accommodation window. If you’re hoping to immerse into the beauty of nature beyond your room, we highly recommend taking a journey down the Santa Fe Scenic Byway. This 15-mile road is perfect for visitors hoping to enjoy a quick trip while taking in some of the city’s best cultural sites. It’s an easy yet unforgettable adventure you won’t want to miss!
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What to Expect on the Santa Fe Scenic Byway
Your adventure begins at one of the most historic sites in the New Mexican capital, the Palace of Governors. This structure housed the Spanish government during the 17th century and still stands today as a National Historic Landmark. The Palace of Governors is a part of the New Mexico History Museum, which is an absolute must for history buffs. You may choose to spend some time at the museum before embarking down the Santa Fe Scenic Byway.
After exploring the museum and the Palace of Governors, climb back into the car to begin your journey! The road winds through the Santa Fe National Forest and along vast vistas, azure mountains, and amber-tinged badlands. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You’ll want to keep images of the sights you’ll see along the way!
During your trip down the Santa Fe Scenic Byway, here are some activities you’ll be able to make pit stops for:
- Santa Fe National Forest Hiking
- Mountain Biking
- Santa Fe National Forest Camping
- Skiing (Wintertime)
- Snowshoeing (Wintertime)
- Viewing Santa Fe Real Estate
- Explore Hyde Memorial State Park
The road reaches its end near the Santa Fe Ski Basin, which is usually the grand finale for wintertime visitors. Even during the fall, you can experience fun activities at the ski basin including scenic chair rides, a coffee bar, and fun-filled events. It’s the perfect way to end your adventure down the Santa Fe Scenic Byway.
High Road to Taos
Ready for another road trip? You’re in luck! The high road from Santa Fe to Taos is another scenic journey through the northern New Mexico mountains. From Chimayo, take NM 76 towards Taos. Along the way, you will drive through some of northern New Mexico’s most quaint and charming towns. Some of the first villages you will encounter include Ruchas, Cordova, and Ojo Sarco. These towns are well known for woodcarving, rugs, pottery, and other artifacts. In Las Trampas, you’ll find spectacular Spanish-colonial architecture and the San Jose de Gracia de las Trampas. As you continue along through the Carson National Forest, you’re sure to see the San Francisco de Asisi. This is a 19th-century church made immortalized by many artists. This journey ends in the beautiful and historic city of Taos, which is a must-see destination for your getaway.
Experience the Natural Beauty of Northern New Mexico With Casa Escondida
Located in the historic village of Chimayo, our unique bed & breakfast inn is unlike any other northern New Mexico accommodation. With traditional charm in a tranquil mountain setting, you’ll hardly find a better place to relax and experience the culture of the Southwest. Each of our guest rooms boasts New Mexican antiques and decor with all the modern luxuries you desire. Our guests will also be treated to a hot breakfast with a unique Southwest flair each morning. Whether you’re traveling for a special vacation or “just because,” you’ll want to take advantage of Casa Escondida’s exclusive vacation packages and specials.
Book your stay at Casa Escondida today for the ultimate getaway to New Mexico!