We stopped at the Visitor Center to check out anything we may have missed and then headed into Taos. The downtown streets and stores reminded us of downtown Santa Fe and Albuquerque. We kept driving until we reached the Taos Pueblo. It is the largest surviving multistoried Pueblo structure in the United States.
We walked around looking at all the structures. There are shops inside most of the first story rooms, so we meandered through the shops. It looks like many of the people working inside live here in the Pueblo. There are also houses behind it.
The bridge is about 10 miles northwest of Taos and you have to veer off the circle tour about 7 miles. It is definitely worth the side trip!
The gorge is about 800 feet deep carved out throughout the years by the Rio Grande River.
We crossed over the bridge and were in luck, there is a large picnic area right beside the gorge.
It was time to continue our circle drive. We were heading towards the mountains we saw in the background at the Rio Grande Gorge. We drove to Questa veering to the the east and began climbing into the mountains.
We passed the Molycorp molybdenum mine in the mountain.
We continued on towards Angel Fire passing these snow capped mountains.
The last 20 miles between Angel Fire and Taos was a winding road going uphill and downhill. We were really glad we were in the car and not the fifth wheel.
We made it back to Taos. It took us about 3 hours to make the 85 miles with lots of stops. It is a beautiful drive and we highly recommend it.
We enjoyed the temperatures that were in the 70's. We are really loving New Mexico!