I post reviews but have never asked a question all these years. I'm planning a potential first-time trip to Santa Fe in late Fall for a long weekend; I've read through many posts on this forum to get a good idea of what to expect but have one or two lingering questions:
1. While I'm a somewhat adventurous traveller, I don't like driving lonely roads and highways as much as I used to. I was looking at a potential day trip to Taos, but I can't get a good sense as to whether a day trip in the Fall is a good bet. I would only take the Low Road based on what I have read due to the topography of the High Road and also the longer distance would likely rule out the High Road to come and go in one day. Furthermore, I prefer not to be out in remote highways in mountainous terrain in the evenings. Primarily I would be going to see the Taos Pueblo and nothing else. I wouldn't be stopping at towns along the way. In short, is the Taos Pueblo "worth" the drive in the Fall from Santa Fe in one day?
2. As only one day would lend itself to a day trip, should I skip Taos altogether in favor of Bandolier (which I read in yesterday's Travel section has largely reopened)? I have read many conflicting accounts and opinions regarding the Taos Pueblo and can't make up my mind. On that note, the roads to Bandolier look rural as well, but it is closer and could easily go for a few hours and be back in Santa Fe by dusk from what I can tell. Can anyone let me know how the drive and roads are to Bandolier from Santa Fe?