Just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico lies a land of mountain villages dotted with art studios. The quality of the art you will find in these beautiful little villages is beyond expectations. I find it amazing that you will encounter world-class art in such natural scenery. Not only will you enjoy art and scenery, you’ll find yourself in the midst of New Mexico history.
High Road Artisans Tour
Each September, the last two weekends are devoted to art and artists. The High Road Studio Tour takes you to amazing galleries and personal studios of artists.
The High Road to Taos Scenic Byway is a lovely, winding road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Santa Fe and Taos. It offers magnificent vistas of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and charming traditional Spanish and Pueblo villages.
This lovely scenery has inspired many artists and artisans who live along the High Road. Take a day to drive, explore, and help sustain the rural economy of this charming, centuries-old region.
A Special Village
One of my favorite places along the tour is the village of Truchas. Truchas was founded in 1754 on Spanish Land Grants. Many of the founding families still have descendants living in Truchas and on the surrounding lands.
Some things have not changed in Truchas. Adobe and wood buildings line the narrow streets, Spanish is more easily spoken than English in some households and some of the traditional crafts are still practiced. There is a simple Penitente Morada right in the town and old grave yards are dotted along the road.
What is newer, are the wonderful artists’ studios and galleries, many located in renovated historic buildings. Artists have an eye for beauty and have taken old buildings and retained the beautiful architectural details while restoring them to livability. One of the Truchas artists, Sally Delap-John has her studio in
her delightful hillside home. She is an award-winning plein-air painter who has a love for the scenery and the little villages that dot the landscape of the high road. Be sure and stop in to see her work when you are traveling along the High Road during the tour.
All Types of Art
While traveling the high road, I’ve stopped in to see a few of these galleries and learn more about the art and artists. I’ve found traditional wood-working, contemporary pottery, bronze bells, glasswork, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts and so much more. The High Road to Taos is always a beautiful drive but during the fall art tour, you’ll be invited in to studios and galleries that you may not otherwise see except by appointment.