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Taos from Boulder - Driving question

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Taos from Boulder - Driving question

Driving from Boulder, CO to Taos. The two routes options are staying on I 25 until Raton, or getting off in Walsenburg and take 160. Which drive is more interesting? We are not in a hurry, so mountain driving is ok. Thank you!

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1. Re: Taos from Boulder - Driving question

I would take Hwy 93 Boulder to Morrison, then US285 most of the way then US 64 to Taos, driving over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Takes about an hour longer than the interstate routes, but much more fun! Beautiful views

If not that route, then take I25 to Walsenburg then south to Taos is our 2nd favorite route.

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2. Re: Taos from Boulder - Driving question

We always recommend that you base your route on the amount of time you have. Taking the exit at Walsenberg and US160, etc is the "fast" route and will still take you through some spectacular scenery as you drive on the west side of the Sangre de Christos.

Following IH25 all the way south, over Raton Pass and then to US64 through Cimarron is very nice, but it takes at least an hour longer than the first route I suggested. The drive through Cimarron Canyon up to Eagle Nest is nothing short of special. Although a US Highway, the drive has the feel of being on a country lane. It's really spectacular.

One thing to note: don't try the southerly route in the dark this time of year unless you're really wanting to go slow. Migrating herds of elk will be standing on the road. Not a good way to pass the time.

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