The 56 miles between Santa Fe and Taos offer a charming view and a twisted road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Drive into the beauty of the high desert. This road is a gorgeous way to experience the state and visit a lot of historical places. You’ll pass the cottonwood-dotted valley of Ojo Caliente and its pueblo communities. Stop by the Taos Pueblo compound, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the country. Tip: The Santa Fe & Taos Bike Tour made out list of the best cycling trips in the U.S. and Canada.