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Taking the Low Road to Taos from Santa Fe

Following the winding Rio Grande up into the mountains is the highlight of this drive north. The route begins past the modern town of Española, passing into a narrowing canyon and finally emerging at the point where the high plains meet the mountains. This dramatic arrival makes it the better route for heading north to Taos; you can then loop back south via the high road.

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Itineraries for Weekend Getaways in New Mexico

Three great itineraries for three very different weekend getaways in New Mexico. Just an hour from the Albuquerque airport, Santa Fe lends itself perfectly to a romantic weekend. Isolated, countercultural Taos is worth the extra 90-minute drive if you’re really looking to get off the map and off the grid, while Albuquerque offers a fun and funky city break, along with great outdoor activities.

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Road Trip Loop from Santa Fe to Taos

If you want to road trip from Santa Fe to Taos, there are three routes to take. Drive the tried & true high-low loop, speed along the West Rim if you’re on a time limit, or do a custom combinations of all three to see the sights you don’t want to miss. Expert author Zora O’Neill is here with pre-planned routes and advice on creating the best route for you.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.