Taos is located in north central New Mexico, at an elevation of 6900 feet within the southern end of the Rocky Mountains. While Taos is not on a major interstate, scenic state highways make the drive here part of the fun of a Taos vacation.
Driving Directions to Taos
Driving directions from:
Albuquerque: I-25 to Santa Fe; exit on 599 north to by-pass Santa Fe; Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 68 to Taos.
Arizona: I-40 to Albuquerque; I-25 to Santa Fe; Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 68 to Taos.
Denver: I-25 to Colorado Springs to Walsenburg; Hwy. 160 to Fort Garland; Hwy. 159 and Hwy. 522 to Taos.
Vail: I-70 to Copper Mountain; Hwy. 91 to Leadville; Hwy. 24 and Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
Breckenridge: Hwy. 9 to Fairplay; Hwy. 285 and Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
Crested Butte: Hwy. 135 to Gunnison; Hwy. 50 to Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 17 to Alamosa; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
Purgatory/Durango: Hwy. 160 to Pagosa Springs; Hwy. 84 to Chama; Hwy. 17 to Antonito; Hwy. 285 to Tres Piedras; Hwy. 64 to Taos.
West Texas: I-40 to Clines Corners; Hwy. 285 to I-25 to Santa Fe; Hwy. 285 to Hwy. 68 to Taos.
Alternative Routes to Taos
Two major routes offer different experiences: The “High Road” from Santa Fe travels through the mountains, past 13,000 foot peaks and small, isolated mountain towns sprinkled along the way that retain the flavor of the early Spanish settlers who came here four centuries ago. This route is quite a bit longer, but worth it for scenic beauty, hidden galleries, mountain vistas and pure New Mexico charm.
Directions: Take Hwy. 285 north to Espanola; Hwy. 76 north to Chimayó , Cordova, Truchas, and Trampas; Hwy. 75 east to Peñasco; Hwy 518 north to Ranchos de Taos; and then Hwy 68 north to Taos Plaza. Download map and more dtailed directions here
The “Low Road” from Santa Fe is the most direct route between Taos and communities to the south. It follows the Rio Grande through Northern New Mexico’s farming lowlands. During the summer, local produce farmers set up roadside fruit and vegetable stands. Also, just south of Taos, take advantage of the perspective stop to admire the rich landscape of Taos valley.
Directions: Simply follow Highway 285 to Espanola and then take NM 68 to Taos.
Taos Addresses for GPS
Town of Taos – 1520 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571
Taos Plaza, N Plaza, Taos, NM 87571
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – El Prado, NM 87529T
Taos Ski Valley – 116 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525