High Road to Taos Photography Tour
Locations on this photo tour include Native and Hispanic villages on the High Road to Taos, Penasco, Las Trampas, Truchas and Chimayo. Drive home along the High Road to photograph the light in John Nichols, “Milagro Beanfield” country and the valley of Llano de San Juan.
Cost: Full day $450 per person - Half day $250 per person
Year Round - Call 505-501-4880 to reserve a date that suits you for your own personal photo tour.
Pick up points for tours are at your Taos, NM hotel, B&B, VRBO, Airbnb, your local residence or a location that is convenient for you. Meeting points for locations outside of Taos can be arranged when reservations are made.
"In Thanksgiving week 1984 I made my first of many trips to New Mexico. On this occasion five of us friends set out on a foggy morning from Santa Fe and made our way north on the high road to Taos. The sites and sounds on the streets of Santa Fe soon opened up to the immense vistas of mesas, and beyond to the Taos Volcanic Plateau.
We passed through the village of Chimayo climbing the hill to Truchas (Spanish for Trout). Rapidly gaining elevation at this point the landscape changed to pristine hills of ponderosa pines and rust-colored tones of scrub oak in the undergrowth. Bare white highlights of lanky aspen, punctuated the vast square miles of pine trees in the Kit Carson National Forrest. Through the misty veil of condensation on the window we were afforded more than a subtle hint of what autumn in the high country of New Mexico looked like one month earlier.
Leaving Truchas for Penasco, the fog set in. The temperature dropped in the sparsely populated, mountain communities of Las Trampas and Picuris. The colder air outside the car became magically enhanced from the aroma of piñon and juniper burning in the fireplaces of scattered homes. At this very moment... sometimes you just know it, the mystery of things unknown and northern New Mexico took a very palpable hold on me.
Not more that four years later, in the spring of 1988 that hold tightened and I moved to a small adobe building, with two fireplaces, in Talpa, NM and began stockpiling five cords of wood for what promised to be a cold winter that year."
I look forward to sharing more of this magical landscape, people and architecture with you.