One of New Mexico’s best day-trips starts in Taos (pictured), about 90 miles north of Santa Fe. This trip passes by 100 miles of some of America’s best scenery, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Carson National Forest, vast meadows and historic villages. Attendees see Hispanic villages with centuries-old adobe structures, often with pottery in front.
Taos Ski Area, back-dropped by 13,159-foot Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest, is home to marmots (cute, tiny animals found at higher altitudes), which come right up to people.
Taos is a 400-year-old town where Taos Pueblo and its Tiwa people have existed for time immemorial. Featuring a striking natural light and a spiritual aura, this was the birthplace of Southwestern art in the early 1900s.
The village of Questa was founded in 1842, and it’s still centered by the adobe church. Questa has trails leading into the 1,000-foot Rio Grande Gorge, and great fishing and mountain biking.
Red River is a half-Western, half-ski-resort town with atmospheric restaurants and lodges. On summer afternoons, gunfights are staged at the wooden shops at Frye’s Old Town.
With a population of 290 and an elevation of 8,238 feet, Eagle Nest, located on Eagle Nest Lake, features a picturesque main street.
The resort town of Angel Fire has a highly acclaimed chamber music festival, an annual balloon festival and excellent stage performances at Mountain Theater.