Taos New Mexico Location & Directions - Taos Hotel Locations
Location & DirectionsTaos is located in north central New Mexico, at an elevation of 6900 feet. The town is an hour and a half northeast of Santa Fe and about 2.5 hours to drive from Albuquerque. The drive to Taos from Denver takes about five hours.
Drive to Taos: While Taos is not on a major interstate, scenic state highways make the drive here part of the fun of a Taos vacation. 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. 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.
The “Low Road” from Santa Fe is the most direct route between Taos and communitieis 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 veggetable stands. Also, just south of Taos, take advantage of the perspective stop to admire the rich landscape of Taos valley. Simply follow Highway 285 to Espanola and then take NM 68 to Taos.
Fly to Taos: While Taos has a small municipal airport, the best way to fly to Taos is to land at Albuquerque International Sunport. Shuttle services are available to transport you from the airport to Taos. Most such shuttles require advance reservations.
Palacio de Marquesa in Taos is the perfect hotel to base your Taos vacation experience and is just a few blocks from Taos Plaza in a quiet tree lined residential neighborhood with free private parking.