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Highway of Legends


Santa Fe Trail,
High Road to Taos,
and the
River Road to Taos


Turquoise Trail


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Tour the Spanish Southwest
  This Southwestern trip includes travel through Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico  

The “road less traveled” in this southwest area comprises Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico  Santa Fe Trail Highway 350 in Colorado  and takes you through old, picturesque Hispanic towns where families trace their lineage back to the time of Spanish rule. These towns were all originally built around plazas, some still standing. Many have their own artistic specialties such as the weaving tradition in Chimayo.

High Road to Taos

The scenic byway, the High Road to Taos, Click to find out about what to do in Taos  running between Santa Fe and Taos, takes you over beautiful mountain passes before dropping into the artist colony of Taos.

Highway of Legends

Another scenic road, the Highway of Legends in Southern Colorado, winds through the Spanish Peaks starting with the picturesque town of La Veta. You can further explore this area tramping along the many hiking trails

The route will pass near many of the Pueblos of New Mexico, many of which you can visit and shop among the native artisans or take part in their celebrations.

On this “road less traveled” you will drive through spectacular mountain vistas dotted with adobe structures . The mountain ranges rise high from the plains around Santa Fe forming a spectacular backdrop.

Santa Fe Trail

Within this southwest area, you can follow the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail from the reproduced Bents Fort in the plains near La Junta...

... through the restored railroad   Trinidad, Colorado  town of Trinidad with the original cobblestone streets, through small New Mexican towns such as Cimarron that were havens during its frontier history, past ruins at Fort Union and Pecos National Monument.

The once wild town of Las Vegas, New Mexico after which Las Vegas, Nevada was named, is on this route. You can visit its plaza and the famous Montezuma Castle now home of the United World College of the USA.

The famous city of Santa Fe, the oldest capital in the US, is the culmination of this scenic tour where you can visit the oldest house in the US, eat at restaurants housed in the old adobe buildings at the historic end of the Santa Fe Trail, ...

...and follow this road to its end at the famous Santa Fe Plaza  Santa Fe, New Mexico where shops and native arts and crafts abound.

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