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The 56 miles between Santa Fe and Taos offer a charming view but twisted road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Take a ride for a couple of hours and drive into the beauty of the high desert. This road is a beautiful way to experience the state and visit a lot of historical places along the way. Anywhere you turn, you’ll see endless-looking mountains, ancient Indian pueblos, deserts (here's how to stay alive) and forests.