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Old 05-08-2022, 02:30 PM   #1
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Santa Fe to Taos, NM

We’re here in Santa Fe, heading to Taos in the morning. Online and from locals we seem to get mixed signals regarding our taking the High Road with our rig. Recommendations? Thanks so much in advance!

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What do you mean by high road? The stretch from SF to Espanola is a freeway. The 68 from there to Taos is stunning, alongside the Rio Grande. Very modern road and easy to drive.
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I suspect he means the high road to Taos, which goes from Espanola through / past the villages of Chimayo, Truchas, Trampas, and Penasco to Ranchos de Taos. And the answer is that the road is narrow (as many state highways tend to be), but just fine for travel.

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There was lots of blowing dust and smoke in that area yesterday. Always check locations of wildfires before traveling. Wind forecast today is south west 25 to 35 mph with gust to 50 mph. Safe travels……
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Given the prevailing wind patterns here, the smoke is undoubtedly from the big Cerro Pelado fire. WIth calming winds, the smoke may settle down some -- and allow firefighters to get a handle on the fire! (You are in no danger from the fire. It's up in the Jemez area, which is isolated from the eastern areas by the Rio Grande valley.)

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There was lots of blowing dust and smoke in that area yesterday. Always check locations of wildfires before traveling. Wind forecast today is south west 25 to 35 mph with gust to 50 mph. Safe travels……
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:12 AM   #6
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The Hermit's Peak fire is getting very close to my great grandfather's church in Chacon which he built in 1879 and rebuilt in 1923 so the wooden structure is 99 years old this year. We are concerned.
The High Road to Taos looks good with just some smoke from the Cerro Pelado fire moving East (ENE) like Lynn says.
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SF to Taos

As others suggest, check on the fires before starting out. Taos News carried a "be prepared to evacuate" message to residents in the Sipapu area last night. Area is close to where you will be leaving the Rio Pueblo Creek drainage and climbing up US Hill. But prevailing winds seem to be in your favor. If you are comfortable with mountain driving, the highway should present no problem, but, if uncomfortable with sharp turns and steep descents, I'd avoid the High Road to Taos, and instead stick to NM 68, up the Rio Grande Canyon from Espanola. It, too, is scenic in its own right, though lacking the mountainous terrain of the High Road.
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One more thing. There is some construction on NM 68 out of Espanola, but it should not be a problem, as traffic is generally light.
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So many thanks, and additional info

Cannot thank you all enough! We will be taking the low route along the Rio Grande. Additionally, we just learned that Highway 518 (a major section of the high road) is closed to us and open only to evacuees from the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fires. Many thanks again for your quick thoughtful responses!
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Cannot thank you all enough! We will be taking the low route along the Rio Grande. Additionally, we just learned that Highway 518 (a major section of the high road) is closed to us and open only to evacuees from the Calf Canyon and Hermits Peak fires. Many thanks again for your quick thoughtful responses!
Cell service is also limited or out completely due to at least one tower down and power has been shut off for the burn areas.
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Where to stay for couple nights in Taos area?

This is a timely post; we will be heading that direction from TX June 1; any suggestions on camping or RV parks around Taos? We will be spending couple nights in the area to look at some properties Angle Fire and Taos proximities.
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Depends a lot on what kind of place you like, but there are two main RV parks in Taos, north end and south end. I generally stay on the south end, which is closer to, well, everything in Taos. Taos Valley:

https://taosrv.com/

If you want to stay in Angel Fire, there's the Angel Fire Resort RV Park (which, so I hear, presumably no longer allows trailers), and there's Monte Verde RV Park (which my wife and I owned some years ago!).

Of course, if it's camping without hookups that you're after, there are some possibilities in Carson National Forest as well as in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.


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This is a timely post; we will be heading that direction from TX June 1; any suggestions on camping or RV parks around Taos? We will be spending couple nights in the area to look at some properties Angle Fire and Taos proximities.
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Depends a lot on what kind of place you like, but there are two main RV parks in Taos, north end and south end. I generally stay on the south end, which is closer to, well, everything in Taos. Taos Valley:

https://taosrv.com/

If you want to stay in Angel Fire, there's the Angel Fire Resort RV Park (which, so I hear, presumably no longer allows trailers), and there's Monte Verde RV Park (which my wife and I owned some years ago!).

Of course, if it's camping without hookups that you're after, there are some possibilities in Carson National Forest as well as in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument.


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Angel Fire is great. On our most recent trip there the rules were if you were an Airstream and have stayed with them previously you are "grandfathered in" for good. Otherwise only Class A motorhomes and some 5th wheels. I think the rules are in flux!
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Carson National Forest closed

We hear that the Carson National Forest will be closed as a precaution until moisture happens. We are headed further north from AZ to Red River the first week of July, but watching all of the fire activity. We have been too close to our own wildland fires in our town. Stay safe everyone.

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Santa Fe Rv park?

Can anyone recommend a good place to stay in Santa Fe mid August?
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Santa Fe Skies RV Park is a nice one. Near town. Views. Somewhat uppity but can be ignored.
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