Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Was a little before 8 am Yesterday when I headed on the road toward Taos. Woke up early enough to chat, have a good breakfast (Village Inn) and finished loading the car.
Picked up so more tourist stuff at the Visitor Info on I-25. She did not tell me about detour at the interchange for the major highway to Santa Fe. Found my way back on track. Up past Espanola, turned onto highway 68 (the low road) to Taos. Much of the road follows the Rio Grande River.
Stopped in at the Rio Grange Gorge Visitor's Center. Wish they told me to take the side road to Taos - Rt 570 - maps shows that I would had a nice drive closer to the Gorge.
It was not even noon when I got to Taos. So, kept on going - drove the Enchanted Circle scenic byway. The first stop on the circle was Angel Fire (a ski town). Picked up some powerade and found the Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial. From there it was a pretty boring drive to Eagle Nest on Rt 38.
From there, the road climbs to Bobcat Pass. Steep climb. Part way down was the town of Red River. Red River has a very vibrant main street through town. Also another ski town.
Still losing elevation out of Red River. The road follows the Red River. There were many women pedaling their bikes UP the pass. I could not imagine climbing the grade on a bike!.
A turn on Rt 522 at Questa and a pretty fast drive to Taos. Checked into the hotel and drove the 2 1/2 miles into the Plaza. Toured there, took photos, and shopped. Back at the hotel it was time for Manager's Reception and dinner.
Quality Inn, Taos - good sized room with fridge & microwave. Free first draft beer, wine, etc, with snacks. Restaurant has a salad bar (needed my greens) and decent prices on the Early Bird (5-7) special. Service was nothing to write home about.
The photo with this post was taken along Rt 38 on the Enchanted Circle.