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High Road to Taos

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The High Road to Taos is a scenic byway that snakes in the mountains between Espanola and Taos, bypassing the more direct valley road. The High Road to Taos passes through a number of intersting small towns and sites.

Picuris Pueblo is a small pueblo still inhabited by the Picuris tribe with a superb adobe church that has recently been hand-restored to give it back its original appearance. The small town of Las Trampas is home to the San Jose de Gracia Church, one of the most beautiful colonial-era churches in the country. The Sanctuario de Chimayo consists of a small adobe church whose size belies its importance. The site is the most important Catholic pilgrimage center in the United States, with more than 300,000 visits per year. Many visitors take away some dirt that is believed to have healing powers. The church replaces it from nearby hills for a total of 30 tons per year.

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Slope with meadow and forest, Carson National Forest. New Mexico, USA ( color) Village church. New Mexico, USA ( color) Crosses and headstones, cemetery, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Round house kiva and homes, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Picuris Pueblo and church. New Mexico, USA ( color) San Lorenzo Church seen through adobe walls, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Interior of San Lorenzo Church, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Church San Jose de Gracia seen through front doors. New Mexico, USA ( color) San Jose de Gracia adobe church. New Mexico, USA ( color) Truchas and Sangre de Christo Mountains with approaching storm. New Mexico, USA ( color) House and main street, Truchas. New Mexico, USA ( color) Facade of Tafoya Truchas genereal store. New Mexico, USA ( color) Historic marker framing high desert landscape. New Mexico, USA ( color) Grounds and shrine, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) El Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Roses and wooden doors, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Niche with popular worship objects, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Facade with vigas (heavy timbers) extending through walls to support roof, Chimayo sanctuary. New Mexico, USA ( color) Ex-votoes, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Brick and stone crosses by the river, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Modern church in adobe style. New Mexico, USA ( color) Wildflowers, forest and mountains, Carson National Forest. New Mexico, USA ( color) Rural church with adobe walls and tin roof. New Mexico, USA ( color) Cattle enclosure, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Headstones in grassy area, cemetery, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Woden crosses, cemetery, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Cemetery and kiva, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Rear of San Lorenzo Church, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Adobe church framed by entrance in earthen wall, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Graves and Picuris Church, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Adobe church and clouds, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Facade of church covered with tightly compacted earth, clay, and straw, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Bell, Cross and adobe wall,  San Lorenzo Church,. New Mexico, USA ( color) Inside of Picuris Church, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Altar, San Lorenzo Church, Picuris Pueblo. New Mexico, USA ( color) San Jose de Gracia De Las Trampas Church. New Mexico, USA ( color) San Jose de Gracia church. New Mexico, USA ( color) Door of San Jose de Gracia Church. New Mexico, USA ( color) Diagonal shadows on adobe wall, San Jose de Gracia Church. New Mexico, USA ( color) Wall and window detail, San Jose de Gracia Church. New Mexico, USA ( color) Cemetery, San Jose de Gracia church. New Mexico, USA ( color) Church of Santo Tomas Del Rio de Las Trampas. New Mexico, USA ( color) Cemetery and clouds, Truchas. New Mexico, USA ( color) Fenced tombs, Truchas. New Mexico, USA ( color) Grave with motorbikes, Truchas. New Mexico, USA ( color) House with blue windows, Truchas. New Mexico, USA ( color) Gallery with sculptures in front yard, Truchas. New Mexico, USA ( color) Gas station, Truchas. New Mexico, USA ( color) Scenery framed by historic marker. New Mexico, USA ( color) Marker and high desert scenery. New Mexico, USA ( color) Store, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Gardens and adobe wall, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Gardens and walled courtyard, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Chimayo Shrine. New Mexico, USA ( color) Church framed by doors with roses, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Door and roses, Chimayo Shrine. New Mexico, USA ( color) Chapel, Chimayo sanctuary. New Mexico, USA ( color) Crosses, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Church, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Vigas and deep windows in pueblo style, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Row of crosses, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Decorated door, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Niche with rosaries, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Cross festoned with popular devotion objects, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Metal cross festoned with rosaries, and crosses made of twigs, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Niche with miscellenous ex-votoes, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Crosses made of twigs on chain-link fence, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color) Chain-link fence with rosaries and improvised crosses, Sanctuario de Chimayo. New Mexico, USA ( color)
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